Washington Square Park may have just undergone a 17 million dollar facelift, but aside from moving portions of the Park’s two dog runs, that money seem to have done nothing for dangerous drainage problems in the Southwest quadrant.
Every time it rains, it floods. George’s Dog Run, the ajacient Robin Kovary Dog Run for Small Dogs and the surrounding area between the hills, the public restrooms and the central promenade, become a murky mire. Could it be Minetta Creek rising?
About a month ago I joined several other concerned dog owners in clearing the drain and digging channels to help drain the excessive amount of rain water that floods the dog run. 45 minutes of manual labor as Parks employees casually looked on and daned to tell us where in all that muck we might actually locate the clogged drain.
And if the accumulation of stagnant water mixed with dog urine and dog feces might not seem evil enough, just add to the mix the proximity of those environmentally questionable hills. Oh and then there’s the fact that Washington Square Park was constructed over the shallow graves of yellow fever victims. Some of these human remains were unearth as recently as 2008 during the recent park renovations. Ugh!
Maybe someone will come up with a
budget plan to move Lake George 23 feet to the east too.