Petition: “We need a dog park in NoMa”


Thanks to all who passed on from (as of 11am 243 signatures):

“Dear Councilman Allen,

We need your help in securing a dog park in our neighborhood! Each day, several dozen residents congregate at an empty grassy lot (adjacent to the Loree Grand Apartments) with their four-legged loved ones. This plot of land has become the definition of “community” — it’s how countless neighbors have met each other, building important and lasting bonds within the community. Given that this makeshift dog park will be developed into something else some day, we need your help in securing a permanent dog park for our community.

In 2013, the D.C. Council voted to designate $50 million in public money to deal with a parks deficit in the NoMa area, after hundreds of residents wrote letters and more than 1,000 signed petitions. Key to this designation was a recognition that residents in the neighborhood were facing an onslaught of development with a bevy of new large commercial buildings — and with that, less parking, more traffic, and fewer open spaces.

At a public NoMa Parks Foundation Community Meeting in June, several calls for a dog park in the immediate area were voiced. Aspirational plans for a minuscule “dog park” (approx 1,000 sq ft) at First & New York Avenue were met with disbelief. The park amenity should be created near the 20,000 residents in the broader NoMa neighborhood that were central to the BID’s “Case for Parks,” not at the northern border of the BID far removed from houses. Furthermore, the notion that pet owners would cross a busy/dangerous New York Avenue with their loved ones is illogical and calls into question the true commitment to address this need.

We need your help to make sure that the $50 million in public money that we fought so hard for is used for the benefit of the neighborhood and the community, not merely as a tool to attract commercial and corporate interests. NoMa BID should work to leverage this initial public investment with additional private dollars to enhance the ability to purchase land IN our community.

Please work with NoMa BID to find a solution that provides a dog park that meets the needs of our community.


Neighbors for a NoMa Dog Park”

19 Comment

  • The neighbors should look into forming am official neighborhood group. DC does not fully fund dog parks, they rely on neighborhood groups raising some of the funding and helping operate the park. This group should reach out to the Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks for advisement:

  • I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I think it’s wildly optimistic and naïve to think that the City is going to take a chunk of prime, undeveloped real estate and turn it into a dog park. How many dog parks have been put on previously undeveloped land? The only ones I can think of were carved out of existing parks and playgrounds?

  • Any sort of park is doing to attract the residents of Covenant House and it will be as utilized as the sidewalk in front of Harris Teeter.

  • There is already a dog park in NoMa. It’s next to Elevation, across Florida from the Five Guys. It’s directly adjacent to the Metropolitan Branch Trail between NY and Florida.

    • It’s for Elevation residents only… it’s part of the rules of the park. I’m sure plenty of people ignore those rules, but it’s not a public dog park.

    • There’s also one at Trilogy – not sure about the rules, though.

  • Dog parks are regulated by the D.C. Dept. of Parks and Recreation and there is a whole host of information on DPR’s website about the community goes about establishing one.

    While having your councilmember on board will certainly help you with any application you may make, the onus really is on the community to do the legwork. That’s how it’s been done at all the other existing dog parks.

    Even the odd little dog park on 11th Street. Jim Graham got WMATA to allow it to happen while he was on the WMATA board and was supportive of it when he was on the council, but an organized group of residents is putting in the legwork to come up with the application and work with DPR and WMATA on the property.

    I have no doubt CM Allen would be very supportive of another dog park in his ward, but you guys are going to have to do the work.

    • Hit up the folks in my neighborhood for tips and insight on this process. We’ve (they’ve) been working on it for months. They’re finally starting to make headway, but not without having to knock down 1000 road blocks first. northernward4dogpark[at]googlegroups[dot]com

  • I was thinking about starting a similar petition for a dog park in Brookland. The closest one now is in Langdon Park, which is not within walking distance for many in Brookland. I was thinking that part of the green space near the metro station could serve that need.

    • As a resident of Woodridge, I am kind of glad you think Langdon park is to far to go for a dog park. It’s hilarious, but at least it means less poopy dogs in my neighborhood.

    • Anastasia Beaverhausen

      Edgewood Recreation Center (Franklin St. and Lincoln Rd.) is being redeveloped, and our ANC commissioner says a dog park is in the plans. Will probably be at least next year before that happens, though.

  • justinbc

    If 25,000+ people couldn’t get a Death Star, you’re gonna need some more convincing on this dog park thing.

  • NoMa residents, help us find a Fellow and we’ll gladly handhold you thru the dpr dogpark process.

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