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A Safe Reopening of Shaw Dog Park

Per the announcement by Mayor Bowser on May 27, DC dog parks will be reopening on May 29. We’ve missed seeing everyone’s four-legged quarantine buddies, and are excited for when the city can soon unlock the park gate! However, a safe reopening and return to a “new normal” starts with responsible practices from all of us. It is important to continue following safe social distancing and other measures. Guidance from DC Health reminds dog park visitors to:

  • Stay at home if you are sick or if you were recently exposed to someone with fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or positive for COVID-19.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are not members of your household.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people in a public space. A cloth face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and carry hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Practical dog park tips:

  • Monitor crowd size at the dog park before entering. If there are more than 10 people inside the park, please do not enter to avoid crowding.
  • Our dogs can be anxious to go into the park. Please don’t crowd the gate and remember to maintain 6 feet while waiting for other guests to enter/exit.
  • Wear your mask for the safety of others and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As a reminder, we now have a temporary dog park at 11th and Rhode Island, NW, during the Banneker High School Renovation Project (next to the skate park).

Thanks for continuing to be responsible during Phase 1 reopening.  

COVID-19: Dog Parks Closed

As of April 1, the D.C. Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) has closed all dog parks as part of the coronavirus emergency response. Please enjoy this time with your pets and make sure you both receive plenty of exercise!

Reminder: Park Closure April 1, Temporary Space

Starting this Wednesday, April 1st, Shaw Dog Park will be closed for the duration of the Banneker High School Modernization Project. ⁣⁣We want to thank every one of you who helped us reach out to leaders in our community and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Thanks to our collective voice, we have been able to secure a temporary park location adjacent to the skate park and basketball courts. We know that there is still more work to be done, so we will continue to call on the Shaw Dog Park community to help make our needs heard and met.⁣⁣

We will miss our park for now, but can’t wait for fun times to come just a few hundred feet away!

Update on Shaw Dog Park Closure, Temporary Park

Thank you to everyone who helped share your voice and concerns with DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)! The agency informed us yesterday, March 6, that they will have a temporary dog park set up at the corner of Rhode Island and Q, NW (south of the skateboard park). That park will be ready for use starting April 1. We are told this park will have appropriate fencing and a double gate. They are still anticipating a Fall 2021 re-opening of the Shaw Dog Park at 11th and R NW.

DPR has also indicated they will reach out to the community before the end of the month to schedule a community meeting to discuss improvements to the existing dog park, as well details about the temporary park.

Thank you to everyone who reached out – your voice was heard and you made a difference! Your outreach absolutely helps to demonstrate the value of the Shaw Dog Park to the community. We also want to thank DPR for their responsiveness in the last few days.

There is no doubt that we can count this as a victory, but there is more work to do! We ask all of you to stay plugged in to our updates as this project progresses. If this can be a transparent and collaborative process, we will be able to contribute to the creation of new and wonderful amenities in our neighborhood, and advance generational green space improvements that will be enjoyed for many years to come!

We will keep you informed as we learn more and when we need your help going forward.

YOUR ACTION NEEDED – Shaw Dog Park Closure

Many of you may have been surprised by the announcement by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) that the Shaw Dog Park will be closing on April 1 for at least a year. The Volunteer Board of the Shaw Dog Park was shocked when that information was first shared with us the day before our February 20 Annual Meeting.

We have pushed back in an attempt to get a phased closure of the dog park, but have been told that is not possible. However, that does not mean we do not have work to do to ensure our voices are heard!

We are requesting a temporary location be established nearby during the construction. We have also requested the long promised meeting where the community can give feedback on the design of the Dog Park, Rec Space, Skate Park and Basketball Courts.

We encourage you to reach out to DPR – specifically Tommie Jones (Tommie.jones@dc.gov) to ask him the following:

·         Shaw Dog Park receives contradictory information and broken promises about the park’s future. Why does information constantly change and why is it not communicated clearly? In addition, why did DPR wait so long to inform the users of the Shaw Dog Park about a total closure that could last longer than a year?

·         When is the Shaw/Logan Community going to get a meeting to weigh in on the DPR space that is part of the Shaw/Logan Community – we have been asking for and promised a meeting for 7 months.  

·         Is DPR going to find a temporary location for the users of the Dog Park? Where and when will it be open?

·         When will the Shaw Dog Park re-open? At the Banneker Modernization Meeting on March 2, the construction manager said the space would reopen next spring, but the sign says it will be closed for the duration of the Banneker Modernization and open in the Fall of 2021.

We are also working with ANC Commissioners John Fanning and Alex Padro to see if the ANCs can put forth a resolution to ensure a temporary location is found and secured. Additionally Councilman Charles Allen’s office has offered to continue to stay engaged and help facilitate action on our behalf. We would encourage you to copy the ANC Commissioners and Councilman Allen on your communication. John Fanning, 2F04.ANC@dc.gov Alex Padro Alexander, 6E01@anc.dc.gov Councilman Charles Allen, callen@dccouncil.us.

We need you to make sure DPR knows how many people there are in our city that care about the Dog Park – if you want to ensure we get the space now and in the future do not stand by – MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!

Download the 2019 Shaw Dog Park Annual Report

Click here to learn more about Shaw Dog Park’s 2019 activities and accomplishments.

It was a busy year for both the park and everyone concerned about the shared community space on 11th Street! Your voice will be important as we continue to advocate for the dog park in 2020 and work to maintain a valuable, community-run park for DC dog owners. Thank you to all of our volunteers who help to keep Shaw Dog Park a safe and enjoyable space for all!

 

Learn About Shaw Dog Park Plans for 2020 at the Annual Meeting – Feb. 20

The Shaw Dog Park Association (SDPA) invites its users to our annual meeting, where we’ll discuss plans for 2020 and the park’s future! Join us at the Crown & Crow (1317 14th Street NW) on Feb. 20 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Board and volunteers that manage the park
  • Learn about plans for 2020 and the park’s future
  • Give ideas and be heard
  • Get involved! Email Board nominations at info@shawdogs.org.
6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking
6:30 – 7:00 PM – 2019 Review and Open Discussion
7:00 – 7:30 PM – 2020 Board Elections
Light refreshments will be provided. Please indicate your interest to attend by responding to the Facebook event post or emailing info@shawdogs.org.

Now February 15: Community Cleanup

 

Hopefully the third time is the charm! Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 9 am for a community clean-up! Rescheduled from Jan. 25 due to predicted inclement weather.

Tools will be provided but quantities are limited, so we encourage you to bring any yard maintenance tools if you have one available.
We look forward to seeing you there and helping us keep the park an enjoyable space for everyone!

 

Support Shaw Dog Park During Year-End Giving!

The Shaw Dog Park community has been more important than ever during the past year! There’s plenty to look forward to in 2020 as we work to ensure the park remains protected during construction of the Banneker High School next door and prepare for future maintenance projects. Are you thinking about year-end giving and ways to help support your community? Consider giving a tax-deductible donation to Shaw Dog Park before the year runs out at www.shawdogs.org/support. We are a volunteer-run park and your donations help us work together to keep the park clean and safe for everyone!

Looking for Ways to Support Shaw Dog Park This #GivingTuesday?

 

Looking for ways to put your financial resources to good use this Giving Tuesday? Your donation to Shaw Dog Park will go toward necessary park maintenance and improvement projects! Financial support funds a range of projects, such as deodorizing the park during the hot summer months, keeping the trees watered, or even replacing gate locks. Plus, it’s tax-deductible! Click here to stay up-to-date on our minimal annual costs and donate via PayPal.

Not ready to make a monetary commitment but still want to get involved? Send an email to volunteer@shawdogs.org and we’ll get you on the volunteer distribution list! We are always looking for helping hands who can assist with opening and closing the park if needed, join for clean-up days, or participate in other special events.

Shaw Dog Park is a volunteer-run park, and your support is critical to helping maintain an enjoyable and safe experience for people and dogs alike!