About the Pack
The Maria Hernandez Park Dog Run P.A.C.K. (Pet owners Alliance for Community K9s) is an all volunteer based community organization that works alongside the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to help care for the dog runs in Maria Hernandez Park.
Since officially forming in September of 2018, the Pack has worked hard to restore and repair the dog runs. Through our organized cleanups, we have removed trash and waste, leveled out the surface gravel and filled in holes, removed leaves and weeds, and cleared off park pathways, paved areas, and city sidewalks surrounding the dog run area. As a result, we have been able to make our neighborhood's only dog runs a safer place for dogs to play.
While our clean up efforts have helped improve the dog runs, there is still much more work to be done and larger issues to resolve that require funding. Because of this, we have begun the process of collecting donations to cover the necessary costs to properly maintain and improve the dog runs. This includes tools, secure tool storage, cleaning supplies, and new surfacing materials. With these items, we can finally have dog runs that are completely safe and functional for the community.
But our work doesn't stop a the dog run fence, another goal of ours is to foster and promote responsible dog ownership within our community.
On June 29, 2018, we hosted our first Bark at Maria Hernandez Park pet health fair and dog run benefit in partnership with the NYPD 83rd Precinct. At the event we were able to connect dog owners with various resources to best care for their pets, including affordable pet clinics, dog registration, and trainers.
We also distributed free Earth Rated poop bag leash dispensers to the community during the event to help reduce the dog waste problem in the neighborhood.
The accomplishments made by the Pack would not be possible without the help of the community.
You can help us reach our goals by joining the Pack today!