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Posted at 7:20 AM ET, 05/19/2010

New dog park for NW D.C.

By Washington Post editors

Mayor Adrian Fenty handed out dog treats to some of his furriest constituents Tuesday at the groundbreaking of the Newark Dog Park. The 11,000-square-foot park will be located off Wisconsin Avenue at 39th and Newark Streets in Northwest, WTOP reports.

"Everywhere I go in the city, there are more people who want dog parks," Fenty said.

Scheduled to open in August, the Newark park will be the fourth official dog park in the city.

The District is spending more than $400,000 on the park, and residents raised another $25,000 to pay for amenities, such as park benches.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 7:20 AM ET
 
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More dog parks when a child in SE can't a playground!

Posted by: PRIDE-INC | May 19, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Those children in SE are 1. illegitimate 2. welfare recipients. Maybe if the families in SE decided to stop being punks and losers and pay some taxes for a change, they could organize a park or two. This is great news.

SE also is home to dog fighting and abuse. So many dogs end up in shelters because those kids from SE don't know diddly about animals. Always costing tax payers. Always contributing nothing to society.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 19, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I truly cannot believe that someone would blame a child for being born in an illegitimate family. How could you compare children to dogs; and dogs to children. In situations like this both groups are innocent. I truly beg to differ with you about SE Washington. I live in S.E. I am a federal government worker and likewise with my neighbors who work and contribute society. It is written that some will be rich and some will be poor. You sound like a person who just moved to D.C. because you could not find a job from the GREAT place where you were born. You all come to D.C. with these poor excuses for blaming children born being born in a poor family. Blame the adults.

Posted by: Peaches6 | May 19, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

No, I don't hate those children for being born. I hate their parents for being losers and slobs who take take take - they bring dogs and children into this world who just turn into criminals and tax payer liabilities. I'm sick of SE being an armpit of DC. How many decades has it been that we are hearing about SE and it's troubles? Too bad. Enough is enough. You live and work in SE? Good for you. Most of the residents there are government workers anyway.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 19, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

It's waste like this that keeps me from supporting the soda tax that council wants and the new tax brackets that the interest groups want. We have $400,000 to build a dog park for yuppies in one of the richest neighborhoods, but we allegedly don't have enough money to support healthy school lunches or so-called cuts to a "safety net?" Riiiiight.

Posted by: thebossman | May 19, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Fenty and HIS priorities. Kissing where it counts.

Posted by: Special_One40 | May 19, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Dog parks are not a waste. Mostly people without dogs would suggest this. Dogs do exist in the city. The city allows it. They require outside space. They require a portion of that time to be off leash. It is humane. They are not welcome in park open space. They need the dog park. Dog parks are not the cause for children to be without decent food. There has to be balance. You could stop every type of spending of every service and buy food for kids. It is unreasonable. Nor do I want the world to stop because children are not getting healthy meals. I don't deserve to have nothing in life just because we need to put all the money toward meals for children. Dog, park, city... not unreasonable.

Posted by: oldtire | May 19, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

This is a poorly planned dog park in an already densely saturated park with multiple user groups. Fenty and his staff should consider urban planning uses prior to approving these plans.

Gone are the days of peace and quiet at Newark Street Park and hello to loud uncontrollable dog barking at the hands of unresponsive and lazy dog owners.

There are plenty of places nearby that are more suited for dog parks. This is only going to exacerbate user conflicts. Vote for Fenty! :-(

Posted by: AdMo10 | May 19, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

LOL AdMo - loud dog barking? I hate Fenty, but this is the best thing he has ever done for the city. Dog parks are quiet and very good for any neighborhood. People who work hard and take care of their dogs deserve a place to enjoy their HIGHLY taxed life. Get over it.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 19, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The next thing in the pipe line for DC is a dog tax like in Chicago, and parts of New York state.

Posted by: winston61 | May 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

AdMo10 | May 19, 2010 10:16 AM wrote:

Gone are the days of peace and quiet at Newark Street Park and hello to loud uncontrollable dog barking at the hands of unresponsive and lazy dog owners.
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Did you grow up to be stupid or were you born that way? Dogs at dog parks do not bark uncontrollably nor are they generally out of control. All the dogs need to be under some measure of control or the park concept doesn't hold together. Dogs do "play" and "run" at dog parks which may seem kinetic from your POV on the couch in front of the TV. They also can not be controlled by remote control.

Oh, and those "lazy" dog owners some how do manage to get their lard arses to the dog park twice a day. I've lost count of all the ways my dog contributes to my being lazy, the potty runs, the "play" times, the swimming, etc., etc., etc., all while lounging on my chaise.


Posted by: SoCali | May 19, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

As a dog owner and not a parent, I think all local funds should go to dog parks. Money is already being wasted on school lunches and schools, not to mention other parks where dogs aren't allowed. We should forgo other changes until the city has enough dog parks, and I won't vote on the soda tax or any other inoffensive, easy-to-approve revenue generating tax until we get our priorities in line with mine.

Also, there is a playground across the street from my apartment with kids screaming at all hours of the day and night. It is uncontrollable. The park should be razed and turned into a strawberry patch.

Posted by: Spamcatcher | May 19, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

With all the important things going on in the city, budget, health, corruption,the last thing we need to be discussing is a comparison between pets and people.

Fiatbooks, your observations are unkind when referencing the less fortunate; and those who have fell on hard times.

Oh yeah and remember , every dog has his day.

Posted by: gordonbundy | May 19, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Lord Have Mercy!!!!! $400,000 on a dog park and $0 for poor, underprivileged, hungry, homeless children. How dare you, Fenty? This is one of the reasons I will never give you my vote. You must go!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: daughterofold | May 19, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Did you grow up to be stupid or were you born that way? Dogs at dog parks do not bark uncontrollably nor are they generally out of control. All the dogs need to be under some measure of control or the park concept doesn't hold together. Dogs do "play" and "run" at dog parks which may seem kinetic from your POV on the couch in front of the TV. They also can not be controlled by remote control.
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Way to take the conversation personal...your comments show your lack of aptitude in rebuttals for sure.

I've been to so many dog parks from Quiet Waters to urban sand lots and "control" is contingent on dog owners. Some simply do not control their dogs. It's an owner issue not a dog issue. You think the "power of the pack" actually provides a system that prevents happy go lucky dogs from not repetitively barking?

Dog parks are a good idea just not in areas where there are multiple users in a densely packed area. The footprint of this $400k doggy-rama is massive and obtrusive to the surroundings.

http://dpr.dc.gov/dpr/cwp/view,a,1239,q,641994.asp

Posted by: AdMo10 | May 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Good for DC and Fenty for finally providing services to the few people who actually pay taxes in this city. All these people who complain about no money for the poor are the lazy people who are offended that no one is giving them free handouts.

As for the person complaining about noise, I am sure they are one of the many nosy, hyperactive people who complain and moan about everything. If its not the dogs barking its the people who walk too loud or squeaky breaks on garbage trucks. Basically these are friendless losers who having nothing better to do than to try and make their neighbors lives miserable.

Posted by: cowpasture2 | May 19, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Jesus...400K for a dog park when the city is half a billion in the hole, and proposing raising 600 new fees or taxes to pay for its largesse?

Point 1. You dog people need to get over yourself. Frankly, anyone who owns a dog larger than a cat in an urban environment should have to pay animal cruelty laws.

Point 2. It wasn't my choice you "bought" a dog, and it certainly isn't my problem that you feel your dog needs its own park (see point 1 above)

Posted by: Nosh1 | May 19, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Jesus...400K for a dog park when the city is half a billion in the hole, and proposing raising 600 new fees or taxes to pay for its largesse?

Point 1. You dog people need to get over yourself. Frankly, anyone who owns a dog larger than a cat in an urban environment should have to pay animal cruelty laws.

Point 2. It wasn't my choice you "bought" a dog, and it certainly isn't my problem that you feel your dog needs its own park (see point 1 above)

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No one really care about your opinion. You are 45, poor and still live with your mother.

Posted by: cowpasture2 | May 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

A Dog Park what is really going on here.... Mayor Fenty is really in the Dog House with this one...vote him out of office

Posted by: dcynnep | May 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Well golly gee Cowpasture, considering I am one of those who you refer to as paying taxes (100K a year in combined income and property tax) I would recommend you take your shoe out of your mouth.

None of that changes the fact that a city half a billion dollars in the hole shouldn't be spending that kind of money on completely frivilous things. If you actually had a job and made any money, you would understand these things.

Don't worry, my profound tax burden will continue to pull your lazy azz through life becuase you aren't man enough to do it yourself.

Posted by: Nosh1 | May 19, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Well golly gee Cowpasture, considering I am one of those who you refer to as paying taxes (100K a year in combined income and property tax) I would recommend you take your shoe out of your mouth.

None of that changes the fact that a city half a billion dollars in the hole shouldn't be spending that kind of money on completely frivilous things. If you actually had a job and made any money, you would understand these things.

Don't worry, my profound tax burden will continue to pull your lazy azz through life becuase you aren't man enough to do it yourself.

Posted by: Nosh1 | May 19, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Nosh1, my feelings exactly. And add this with the $550k they spent renovating the dog park up on S and 17th last year, that's about $1 million spent improving K-9 lifestyle in NW. Hey, I've got a million dollar idea: keep the grass in existing, all-purpose parks well tended, and let dogs micturate there.

Cowpasture2, move to rural VA. You will have all the space for dogs you want there and no "lazy people" stealing your hard earned, dog-loving money. Viva canis balatro!

Posted by: smaction | May 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 400k for a dog park. All this while Fenty "can't" pay for police to have their pay raised for 3+ years and the city's entire work force (police, fire, teachers ect.) are having their contract stipulated step pay raises suspended for 2 years. Fenty refuses to take care of his city employees, the ones who actually keep his city running and safe, and keeps neglecting and ejecting the poor residents of this city so he can pander to his rich white voters, I mean, constituents.

Posted by: doxparadise | May 19, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

For once, at least money isn't going to people who live in subsidized housing and are welfare recipients.

Posted by: kenk3 | May 19, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey nosh, since you offered up the fact you pay 100K in taxes it pretty much suggests you are lying. Nice try. What's mama making for dinner tonight?

Posted by: cowpasture2 | May 19, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm offended by some of the comments by fellow dog owners in this thread. But the fact remains that quality of life issues in DC are an inexpensive investment in maintaining the tax base.

I've been blessed and my income is such that I pay DC income taxes of more than $70,000 every year. Sales taxes are probably well over $15,000 and I am ok with that. Heck, raise my taxes to pay for school lunches. But I want some quality of life things like a dog park, clean streets and speed bumps. I could've taken my taxes to Montgomery County but I stayed because I like DC and I think the city is spending a little to attract a taxpayer like me.

I want most of my taxes spent to take care of those less fortunate than me, but not all of them.

Posted by: TominMtP | May 20, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow Dog Owners, ya'll are some mean A people. You defend your Dogs like you are sleeping with them. But knowing how Nasty some of you are, I wouldn't put it by you. A $400K dog park is stupid. Pay the police and fire fighters with that money. Also, for your dummies, not all of SE is ghetto, poor, and any other negative things you have been saying. There's parts of NW, which were Punks like you live, that look alot worse.

Posted by: Papasp8@yahoo.com | May 20, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

While the trumpeting of a new park for dogs would give the impression that the Mayor cares more for the canines than the children, the sad fact is that exponentially more money is spent on services and amenities for kids across the city.

Unfortunately, many kids and their parents haven't taken care of what has been built for their use as the "tot lots" and general playgrounds have deteriorated into neighborhood wastelands. So many open spaces meant to beautify and provide an alternative to Xbox and PlayStation have given way to outdoor taverns, or worse.

Take a good look around the different parts of the city and if you're honest with yourself, you'll see the utter destruction and neglect of most, if not all, of the public parks in lower income areas. Sad but true.

If the residents in these lower income areas took any pride in their neighborhoods and the facilities associated with them, this dog park wouldn't even be an issue. So much hand wringing yet very little action on the part of citizens in so called "neglected" areas towards the upkeep of their neighborhood facilities. At some point, the residents who witness the decay and destruction of their neighborhoods will step up and take back ownership of their neighborhoods from those wishing to destroy it.

If you were to take a snapshot of this dog park, or any other facility meant for public use in an upper income neighborhood and a corresponding photo of a similar facility in a lower income neighborhood at their opening and then merely six months later, the differences in the conditions should appall you.

While the opening of this park may give the perception that the Mayor cares more about the upper end constituency, nothing could be further from the truth. The sad fact is that he and his administration can't keep throwing money into facilities that the neighborhood residents don't take care of.

Believe me, I'm no fan of the Mayor but this isn't about politics. It's more about being the Mayor for ALL of the citizens of DC.

Sadly, due to peer pressure, lack of initiative, or some other pathologically misguided thought process, the citizens in the lower income areas don't take nearly the pride in their neighborhoods as do their FELLOW DC CITIZENS across town. No doubt in my mind that if these folks screaming about the perceived lack of services to kids would simply take care of facilities already at their disposal, this dog park wouldn't even merit a mention.

Posted by: tradervic1313 | May 20, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

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