Comfort Station:

Update #1: In 2015 we successfully advocated for funding from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp (LMDC) for the renovation and re-opening of the comfort station. On November 10, 2016 NYC Parks architects made a presentation of their plans to the Community Board Parks and Recreation Committee seeking a resolution to move forward with the next phase of the project however the committee had some concerns about the layout of the bathrooms and asked for revisions. This article can give you an idea of the concerns that were brought up about the shared use of the space as public restrooms, parks storage, and offices for Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers. This article will give you a good idea of how capital projects such as this can take years to be completed.  

Update #2: Fall 2017 - According to an update from the Parks Department the contract documents for this project are undergoing legal review which should be completed by the end of 2017. 

Update #3: February 2019 - The original selected contractor has backed out and the the project will be sent out for re-bidding sometime in the Spring of 2019.

For official NYC Parks updates on this project click here

dog run:

Update #1: In 2015 we met with Council Member Rosie Mendez to discuss various initiatives in the park that needed her support. She decided to make an allocation in the FY2016 City budget of $250,000 to fund the renovation of both dog runs in Corlears Hook Park. The first phase of the project was a community input meeting held by parks to gather information from users of the dog runs on what they wanted to see done to it. That input session was held at the Vladeck Houses Tenants Association on May 26, 2016. The consensus among attendees at that meeting was that improvements would include a leveled hard surface in both runs with some sort of play obstacles installed, new fencing around the small run, new gates for both runs, water sources for both runs and drainage repair. At that meeting we were told by NYC Parks Chief of Staff to the Manhattan Borough Commissioner that Parks hope was to have a design to present to the Community Board in the fall of 2016, sadly this did not happen. This article will give you a good idea of how capital projects such as this can take years to be completed.  

Update #2: In February of 2017 we learned from the Parks Department that the original budget allocation (mentioned above) for the project was no longer enough to support the full renovation of both the small and large dog runs. We needed to come up with at least another $300,000 to fund the full renovation or potentially only renovate the small dog run. We believe strongly that both runs needs to be renovated are are actively working with out elected officials to secure addition capital funding in the City budget. We are also looking into private funding sources - stay tuned. 

Update #3: Fall 2017 - we are happy to announce that Council member Rosie Mendez has allocated the additional $300,000  to fully fund the project get it back on track. According to the Parks Department the dog run project has been assigned to a landscape architect who will complete the schematic design work for an in-house review by the end of 2017 and a subsequent community board presentation shortly thereafter.

Update #4: March 2018 -  Click here to see the proposed design presented to and approved by the Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs, & Waterfront Committee meeting of the Community Board.

Update #5: We learned in October of 2018 that Parks hopes to break ground on the project in the Summer of 2019.

Update #6: In February 2019 the Parks Dept. will start soliciting bids from contractors with the hopes of breaking ground by July 2019.

Update #7: In June 2019 we learned that construction of the new runs is scheduled to begin in October of 2019. The project was delayed again because an additional $427,000 in Mayoral funds needed to be transferred to the project in order to accept the contractor's bid. These additional funds puts the total allocated for this project to $977,000!

Update #8: September 2019 - The contract for project was awarded on September 17th. The contractor has to provide insurance and complete some paperwork so the contract can be executed in the next 10 days. The contract then has to be registered by the Comptroller's office, which could take 30 days. Once we know a date for the start of construction we will let you know.

For official NYC Parks updates on this project click here

Play ground & Water play area

We continue to advocate for refurbishment of these areas of the park by requesting funding for it through the Community Board Capital and Expense Budget Priorities Request mechanism, These areas have been on the CB Capital list since 2016 and for this most recent round (FY19 budget) our request was ranked #22 out of 26. Unfortunately this ranking is not high enough to be funded at this time.

We will continue to advocate for the playground and water play area and have reached out to our City Council member for a possible budgetary allocation within their discretionary funds.