Downtown dog owners are in a tizzy over the City's plans to relocate the Washington Square Park dog run to the south edge of the park as part of a broader park redesign. Last week, at a special meeting with landscape architect George Vellonakis, they barked their concerns: there aren't enough trees, the narrow layout cramps the dogs' circular running style, the stone-dust surface will result in "powdered dogs," the run's proximity to the street takes away from the feeling of being in the country. Vellonakis assured the canine-lovers that the new run, with its crash-proof flexible mesh fence and doggy drinking fountains, will be the "best in the country." And, if you stop complaining, he said, reaching into his bag of biscuits, I'll give you a treat.
· ?Thrown to the dog owners,? designer defends run plans [The Villager]