Residents of the Juniper Valley Park area have become the unwitting victims of nuisance noise. Early morning hours are now a cacophony of barking dogs. Juniper Valley Park is completely surrounded by residential housing and when the NYC Parks Department talked about dog areas, they never considered that dogs bark, and quite loudly at that.
Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski was informed about this problem, but never demonstrated any concern over it.
If allowing dogs to run in the park off their leashes makes them well adjusted, as advocates claim, then why do these same dogs bark so much? The ones walked on leashes do not vocalize in this manner. This is a behavioral problem that seems to be exacerbated by off-leash recreation. Now let's see how the NYC Parks Department will solve this one.