Fort Tryon Park

The Daily Plant : Friday, November 30, 2001


Photos by Spencer (Flasher) Tucker

Renowned for their loyalty, canines are among the most faithful users of city parks. As such, they deserve some of the amenities we human park lovers enjoy, such as large open fields fit for scampering. But sharing fields between people and pets can be disruptive to both parties. To address dogs’ needs and signal our appreciation of their patronage, Parks has created another canine commons in North Manhattan, a place where all dogs are equal, a town square for the best of New York’s beasts: Sir William’s Dog Run. Dog owners gathered in Fort Tryon Park on Saturday, November 17, and their pets crunched into an edible ribbon, symbolically opening the dog run, the park’s first, for play.

At the ceremony, Parks celebrated another faithful species: dog owners. No fair-weather friends to Parks, dog owners are present under all conditions of weather, traffic, and temperament. They log long hours to merit the esteemed role of Dog’s Best Friend and, by extension, one of Parks’ most valued customers.

The Fort Tryon Dog Owners Group will take responsibility for Sir William’s Dog Run, helping to keep the field clean and safe. Parks has repaved the paths leading to the run and the Department of Transportation is repairing the park lights. The New Leaf Cafe and Sandra Garrat of Annie’s Biscuits donated animal-appropriate refreshments for the festivities.

The event was attended by Stanley (Falcon) Michels, Council Member; Robert Jackson, Council Member-elect; Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern; Adrian (A-Train) Benepe, Manhattan Borough Commissioner; Persio Logos, President of the Fort Tryon Dog Owners Group; David Kirby, a member of the Fort Tryon Dog Owners Group; Liam (Borokeete) Kavanagh, Manhattan Chief of Operations; Jane (Heather) Schachat, Director of North Manhattan Parks; and other supporters of the project.

Read a press release about the dog run ribbon-cutting ceremony.



Last year, Parks and the Central Park Conservancy dedicated Central Park’s first-ever doggie drinking fountain. On Monday, November 26, they revived an animal amenity once common to Central Park and others: the trough. Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern; Regina (Bethesda) Peruggi, President of the Central Park Conservancy; Doug (Brigadier) Blonsky, Central Park Administrator; and Dr. Larry (The Hawk) Hawkins, President and CEO of the ASPCA dedicated the Grand Army Horse Trough, Central Park’s second equine watering hole, to the horses of New York City. The trough was originally placed in Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Square in 1912 and donated to the ASPCA, which advocated for the building of horse troughs and fountains throughout the city. By 1955, the trough was no longer needed and the ASPCA brought it to their headquarters and filled it with flowers. Parks has restored the trough to its original function. In doing so, the agency expresses its appreciation of the horses that populate New York City and emphasizes the related missions of Parks and the A.S.P.C.A. Both strive to make New York City safe and habitable for animals. In turn, animals help make New York City habitable for humans.

Read the press release on the Horse Trough rededication.


(Friday, December 16, 1988)


A beautiful color photograph of Cherry Hill in a Central Park blanketed in snow is available in note-card form for the holiday season. The cards, with a photo by Central Park Conservancy Photographer Sara Cedar Miller, measure 4" x 6" and are blank on the inside. The proceeds from the sale of the cards go to the Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit group that administers Central Park in conjunction with Parks.


Gustav Flaubert defines Joy:

The mother of fun and games. Never mention her daughters.

Directions to Fort Tryon Park

Know Before You Go

Fort Tryon Park

We're reconstructing some of the pathways in Fort Tryon Park to improve park access. This work will be done in phases. During Phase 1, the path along Broadway between Arden Street and near Sherman Avenue, and the connecting path west, are currently closed. Please use alternate pathways.

To learn more about this project and to track our progress, please visit our Capital Project Tracker.

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