Wall Street Dog Run

  • As part of the East River Waterfront project, Ken Smith Landscape Architect designed an urban dog run under the FDR highway at the foot of Wall Street. The approach was to consider the dog run both as a place of physical exercise for dogs and a social place for dogs and their caretakers. As such it is conceived as a dog adventure playground with spaces for social encounter, both canine and human. It is a playful take with over-scaled pop forms and spatial graphics. Since dogs are color blind the dog run is largely monochromatic to bring the humans into the dog's world experience. Constituent group meetings yielded requests for a bulletin board and water feature. A large artificial tree anchors the space and a large prominent knothole was outfitted with a bulletin board. The water spray is particularly popular. A refined slatted aluminum grillwork enclosure gives a positive form to the space and filtered views into and out of the area.