The city has made a final decision not to allow dogs to run free on the lawn in Battery Park, Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro said this week.
Castro said the dogs and their waste would prevent other users from enjoying the large grassy space at Manhattan’s southern tip, which is scheduled to be renovated next summer.
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Jeff Galloway, a Battery Park City dog owner and CB1 member, said he didn’t understand why the Parks Department allowed dogs to run off-leash on lawns in dozens of other parks around the city but would not do the same in Battery Park.
Castro replied that Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe had reviewed the request and determined the 23-acre park was too small to give the main lawn over to dogs.
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