Shaw Middle School Announcement

Yesterday ANC 6E01 Commissioner Alex Padro announced the new DC city budget includes plans to replace the old Shaw Middle School with a new school on the existing property.

It is not clear what this will mean for the Shaw Dog Park, which resides on the old school’s grounds. We will monitor the developments carefully and keep you informed.

SPDA President Brad Scarborough’s response to the announcement:


I just saw your announcement regarding the replacement of Shaw Middle at the site of the existing Shaw Middle school. While the Shaw Dog Park community is excited for this announcement, we are also a little concerned about the future of the dog park. We want to reach out to you early and often to make certain that Shaw Dog Park can always be an active voice in supporting both a new school as well as maintaining an accessible dog park for the Shaw community. We look forward to working with you and the City Council as this project moves forward. If there is any additional information you can share regarding this announcement please do.Thanks again for all of your support of Shaw Dog Park!

Bradley Scarborough
President, Shaw Dog Park Association

May 2 Happy Hour at Nellie’s

Plan ahead and mark your calendar for Shaw Dog Park’s May fundraiser at Nellie’s Sports Bar.

$1 of every Nellie’s Light beer sold this night will be donated to the dog park.

More details to come!


March clean-up on Saturday

Saturday, March 23 is our monthly clean-up day in the park.

11am – noon

Please lend a hand and help us

  • pick up garbage
  • grade the surface (re-distribute the gravel)
  • fill holes

We’ll also work on tightening the gate latches in both the big and small park entrances.

Hope to see you there!

Lost Dog – Rio


Please be on the lookout for Rio, missing from yard near 13th and U on March 19 around 1 p.m. She is black and white, 55 lbs, and wearing a red collar and a silver chain. She’s ten years old and very new to the area so she likely scared and disoriented and looking for something familiar. She’s a gentle dog, but fast and strong so hard to catch. Please contact Ryan – 562-650-7085.


Monthly Meeting – March 20

The monthly meeting of the Shaw Dog Park Association is tonight at 7:30pm at the Hotel Helix.

All are welcome to attend.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Replacing the shade sail in the small dog park
  • Replacing dead Hawthorne trees in big park
  • Fundraising

And much more!

Inquire at the front desk or bar for meeting room location.

Dog Park Tip – Watch your dog

Tip 3: Watch your dog

It can be tempting to lose yourself in conversation or your phone when your dog is contained in an off-leash park. Don’t.


For the safety and well-being of your dog and others’, make sure you know what your dog is up to at all times.

Photographer’s note: all subjects featured in the dog park tips are willing volunteers.

Dog Park Best Practices

Tip 2: Unleash

Remove your dog’s leash–assuming it is safe* to do so–before entering the main park.


A dog on a leash is disadvantaged when first meeting and greeting the unleashed park dogs.

*You should remove your dog’s leash in the front vestibule separating the street from the main park IF both gates are closed and there is no danger of your dog escaping.

Dog Park Best Practices

Tip 1: Don’t Crowd the Gate

Keep your dog from crowding the park entrance when new visitors are coming through the gate.

Gate Crowding

Dog park entrances can often be conflict zones. By preventing pack behavior at the gate, you can help to

  • Reduce territorial behavior (dog park dogs ‘protecting their turf’ from newcomers)
  • Reduce likelihood of the new dogs feeling threatened¬†(some dogs behave more aggressively when they feel threatened)
  • Give incoming dogs room to get their bearings and meet the park dogs in a less confrontational way

2013 Board of Directors

The Shaw Dog Park Association board of directors for 2013

Stephanie Dahle
Lillian Iversen
Tyler Jug
Kate Kolstad
John McDermott
Steve Oatmeyer
Warren “Randy” Randolph
Brad Scarborough

Officers will be elected at the February meeting, Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Helix.

All are welcome to attend.

Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Please join the Shaw Dog Park Association for its Annual Meeting

Food, Beverages and Election of Board Members!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Shaw Dog Park Annual Meeting

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hotel Helix
1430 Rhode Island Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20005

Interested in serving on the Board? Contact for more info and to state your interest.