Donate & Support

How you can support your dog park.


If you use our park daily, monthly, or just once in a while, please consider donating to help us keep our gates open and our park clean!

The Shaw Dog Park Association is operated, maintained and improved by the Shaw Dog Park Board, an elected team of members comprised of neighborhood volunteers. Contributions to Shaw Dog Park Association will be used only for maintenance and improvements to Shaw Dog Park. The easiest way to make a secure online contribution to support Shaw Dog Park is to donate via PayPal.

Minimum annual costs for Shaw Dog Park:

  • Surface spraying and deodorizing – $2,900.00
  • Tree watering – $700.00
  • Web fees – $175.00
  • Administrative costs – $150.00

Your financial donation is tax-deductible and will only be used for improvements, maintenance and operations of the park.

Examples of other maintenance and operating expenses include:

  • Replacing broken parts like gate locks, poop bag holders, water faucet, etc.
  • Maintaining a collection of rakes, hoses and other basic landscaping supplies

Park improvements include

  • Trees and awning for shade in big and small enclosures
  • Regrading surface

The easiest way to make a secure donation is by using PayPal. Donate now!

If you’d prefer to send a check by mail, please send us an email at and we will supply you with the current mailing address used by the SDP Board.



We are always looking for volunteers to help keep the park running smoothly and looking good.

Park Access

Volunteers are responsible for opening and closing the park each day by unlocking and locking the two gates. If you are willing to open or close the park once a week or on a rotating basis, please consider volunteering.

We are in special need of Friday and Saturday evening park closers!

Monthly Clean-up Days

Shaw Dog Park Association organizes monthly park clean-up days, typically held on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Volunteers remove trash, pick up dog waste, level the surface, and perform other routine landscaping and cleaning work. Scheduled park clean-up days are typically posted a week in advance in the park and online via the listserve, website and Facebook page.

Tree Care

Ten newly planted crepe myrtles need water during the scorching DC summer months.

If you are willing to lend a hand with watering on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis, please volunteer! The work is easy to do while spending some QT in the park with your pup.

Staffing Special Events

Periodically Shaw Dog Park Association participates in community events such as special dog adoption days or neighborhood street fairs. Volunteers are needed to help set-up and staff the event.