Florence Nightingale School Calls Hillman’s Proposed Dog Run ‘Unacceptable Encroachment’

Posted on: December 17th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

A proposed dog run by a Lower East Side co-op is not sitting right with the school next door.

The board of the Hillman Housing complex on the eastern fringe of Grand Street (where Sheldon Silver lived) just floated the creation of a new dog park running along Cannon Street. While an amenity for housing owners, the proposed addition is actually mere feet from the entrance to PS 110 (Florence Nightingale). And this does not sit well with the school.

The co-op seeks to transform the small spit of land between the Park-It Area Garage and the decommissioned block of Cannon Street, south of Delancey. This abuts school property, and the educators don’t want to lose and/or crowd out this “de-facto entrance” to the Florence Nightingale School.

It’s apparently a flashpoint issue. In just a few days, a new petition amassed more than 230 signatures of support.

The school’s PTA asks that “the dog park be relocated to a more respectful distance and that Hillman and PS 110 focus our efforts instead on creating a joyful, serene, family-friendly zone on Cannon Street, to be enjoyed by students and residents alike.”

Photo: Google Maps

Below is the full text of the petition:

It has come to the attention of the PS 110 parent community that Hillman Housing Corporation is considering the building of a dog park in the strip of land between the Park-It Area Garage and the decommissioned block of Cannon Street, south of Delancey Street.

While remote or somewhat hidden to most residents of Hillman, Cannon Street is the de facto entrance to PS 110 The Florence Nightingale School. Students, some with parents and some unaccompanied, approach Cannon Street both from Broome and Delancey Streets.

It is our understanding that Hillman and PS 110 leadership are currently in negotiations for guidelines for the space, including a limitation on hours that the park is available to dogs. We are also aware that a violation in park rules would result in dogs being suspended from the park and/or a shutdown of the park.

As a community, we believe that the proposed Hillman dog park, even when within these guidelines, is an unacceptable encroachment on PS 110. It does not consider common-sense guidelines* of the construction of such parks, owing to the extreme proximity of the proposed site to the school’s entrance.

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