Friends of First Run is the offical 501(c)(3) fundraising
organization for the Tompkins Square Dog Run.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Every few years our run requires a new shipment of sand (called stabilized, stone screenings) to replenish the park's surface. Your donations pays for the sand, materials, and upkeep of the dog run.
The job started in late fall when volunteers (above) began installing additional base baords around the run
Day 1: 50 tons of new sand arrives
Tompkins Square's new manager Duval Drumond (left) shakes hands with District Manager Mike McLean (center), and retiring manager Harry Greenberg (right)
Day 2: The Parks Dept. sends a crew but they are unable to spread the material throughout the entire park by hand
Day 3 & 4: To keep the project moving, volunteers spend their weekend spreading the stone screenings throughout the small dog run
Day 6: Finally the tractor arrives to grade the large run. (Day 5 was spent wrangling officials to get aforementioned tractor)
Volunteers move the benches and spread the screenings where the tractor can't reach
The work proceeds
Day 7 - 8: The new sand is washed for 24 hours to activate the stabilizer, followed by another day to let the material harden. And finally on Day 9 our run re-opens