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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 01/10/2011

D.C. opens new dog park in NW

By Washington Post editors

D.C. officials opened the District's fifth dog park on Arkansas Avenue in the District on Saturday, WTOP reported.

The Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks will be responsible for opening and closing the park -- dubbed the Upshur Dog Park, every day, and doing some basic cleanup, officials said.

A sixth dog park, in the northeast section of the District, is in the works.

You can find a map of other dog parks in the region at WashingtonPost.com. To read more about the District's newest dog park, go to WTOP.

By Washington Post editors  | January 10, 2011; 11:28 AM ET
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Good Show Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks. It's a bit of a hike - but NL and I can't wait to come check out the new park.

Posted by: Greent | January 10, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Are there bike lanes leading to it?
Isn't that part of the plan to set up a series of dog parks all connected by bike lanes?

Posted by: blankspace | January 10, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Are there bike lanes leading to it?"

No, there are not, but it is an intersection with roads & sidewalks.

Isn't that great! Then motorists, pedestrians and cyclists can ALL get there to use this wonderful new park.

But I am sure Mayor Grey, with his new DDOT car-chief, will fix this as soon as he can.

Posted by: Greent | January 10, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

A dog park?!?!...Why??? Why not a decent playground for the kiddies? A dog park...this has to be a joke! It's sad that you have returned to our community, but sadder, you're bringing your dogs!!! Keep yourself, animals in the suburbs, where you belong! Mayor Gray, wake-up, that's why D.C. is rat infested because of these rats in our community...

Posted by: 0126 | January 10, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

A dog park?!?!...Why??? Why not a decent playground for the kiddies? A dog park...this has to be a joke! It's sad that you have returned to our community, but sadder, you're bringing your dogs!!! Keep yourself, animals in the suburbs, where you belong! Mayor Gray, wake-up, that's why D.C. is rat infested because of these rats in our community...

Posted by: 0126 | January 10, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

A dog park?!?!...Why??? Why not a decent playground for the kiddies? A dog park...this has to be a joke! It's sad that you have returned to our community, but sadder, you're bringing your dogs!!! Keep yourself, animals in the suburbs, where you belong! Mayor Gray, wake-up, that's why D.C. is rat infested because of these rats in our community...

Posted by: 0126 | January 10, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

A dog park?!?!...Why??? Why not a decent playground for the kiddies? A dog park...this has to be a joke! It's sad that you have returned to our community, but sadder, you're bringing your dogs!!! Keep yourself, animals in the suburbs, where you belong! Mayor Gray, wake-up, that's why D.C. is rat infested because of these rats in our community...

Posted by: 0126 | January 10, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"A dog park?!?!...Why??? Why not a decent playground for the kiddies? A dog park...this has to be a joke!"

There is a lovely park for the kids at the same location, so there is no either/or issue.

Posted by: Greent | January 10, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Just fainted after reading this. I guess human beings are not important with so many homeless people in DC and in this country.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | January 10, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The terrorists apparently hate us for our dog parks if you listen to some people on this board. Sheesh!

Posted by: B-rod | January 10, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow, they can create parks for dogs to take a dump and pee.....and God knows what else.

But they can't find homes for homeless families....Wow!

Only in America-

Posted by: weaverf | January 11, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

While many of the disdainful comments posted are neither here nor there with irrelevant commentary, what is shocking is the placement of city-sponsored or owned dog parks throughout the city. Maybe the map provided by the Washington Post is incomplete, but it appears that there are no dog parks east of Georgia Ave and North of H St NE, or basically all of Northeast DC. Also, no dog parks east of the Anacostia river. Go figure, right? There is a dog park in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, but it is privately-owned property made tax-exempt by the DC Government on the condition it is open to the public. I don't know if there are any similar arrangements in other parts of the city, but I imagine there are few, if any. Dog parks benefit more than just dog owners, but the inequity in placement of these parks throughout the city is astounding, and is something worth reflecting on. DC has a mixed record of caring for the homeless, but one better than many cities across the country, and the opening of dog parks most likely doesn't detract from the care our city's homeless receive. Only in America do individuals anonymously criticize institutions in public forums on issues they themselves take no active role in ameliorating or improving.

Posted by: smart-aleck | January 11, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"it appears that there are no dog parks east of Georgia Ave and North of H St NE, or basically all of Northeast DC. Also, no dog parks east of the Anacostia river. Go figure, right?.......but the inequity in placement of these parks throughout the city is astounding, and is something worth reflecting on"

Dog parks in DC are partnerships between DC DPR and a sponsoring group - any group in any Ward may apply for a dogpark in their area. From the website:
"A sponsoring group is a group of people or an organization that has come together to support a dog park for their neighborhood. Each proposed and operating dog park must have a sponsoring group. [...] As official DPR partners, sponsoring groups will act as stewards of the dog park, helping to provide amenities for the park and assisting with management and maintenance duties."

Who pays? (again from their website):
"Who pays for and maintains dog parks?
Public dog parks are a partnership between DPR and sponsoring groups. DPR will pay for design and construction of a basic dog park. If additional amenities are proposed, sponsoring groups will be responsible for the purchase and installation of those amenities. Any amenities added to completed dog parks will also be provided by sponsoring groups. DPR will provide basic maintenance for dog parks, but will work with sponsoring groups to share daily maintenance responsibilities."

There is a dog park (with Hill Hounds as sponsor) approved @ 14th & Tennessee NE (Kingsman Park) and there is an application on file for one at 11th St. & Virginia Ave., SE.

DPR Dog parks:
http://dpr.dc.gov/DC/DPR/Facilities+and+Permits/Dog+Parks

FAQ:
http://dpr.dc.gov/DC/DPR/Property+Improvements/Capital+Projects/Dog+Park+Projects/Establishing+a+New+Dog+Park

Posted by: Greent | January 11, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

my dog will be passing out flyers in response to this, this, this travesty. he's not going to take it laying around on the couch anymore!

Posted by: efuller1 | January 11, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that all of the city's other financial issues have been taken care of and we can now spend city money on an f'n dog park.

Posted by: overed | January 11, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

DC needs responsible people from the suburbs moving into the city with their intact families and dogs. Let's encourage long-time and long-suffering decent, working residents of DC to remain by providing amenities like dog parks, bike lanes and, most important, decent schools.

Let's encourage the drugged-out, alcoholic, recidivist homeless to move on. They have caused enough havoc.

Posted by: wagtdn | January 11, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

DC needs responsible people from the suburbs moving into the city with their intact families and dogs. Let's encourage long-time and long-suffering decent, working residents of DC to remain by providing amenities like dog parks, bike lanes and, most important, decent schools.

Let's encourage the drugged-out, alcoholic, recidivist homeless to move on. They have caused enough havoc.

Posted by: wagtdn | January 11, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Only when all issues in DC are 100% fixed should dog parks be built?

Why is it bad that there are locations for dogs to legally be off leash - when they are maintained by public groups? Yes, planning and building are paid for by the city.. but volunteers maintain the parks. Isn't that the involvement in our city that we want to see?

Money is tight but these were planned before the bankers crashed our economy. These have been years in the planning, and years of advocacy to allow the law to be changed back in 2001 (dang you Williams!) ... why do so many hate on them?
Why?

Posted by: Greent | January 11, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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