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  • justinbc

    Hopefully it’s not as bad as Lincoln Park, where there are “dogs must remain on leashes” signs at every single entrance, yet you constantly see dogs running out into the street, running off leash attacking other dogs, and running up to people who have zero interest in getting their crotch sniffed.

  • I’m thinking this will ruin the grass even further.

  • I’ve been seeing tons of off-leash dogs there. Not cool. Leash laws protect everyone. Wish they’d enforce them (could make $$$ on tickets!).

  • I remember the days when all you saw were homeless people peeing on the grass inside the fenced area. How times have changed (but not the complaining).

    • From one inconsiderate folk to another.

      • Look, I 100% agree dogs should be leashed and owners should keep control over them. But I also have no problems with large grassy areas in the city being shared with dogs. For the 15+ years I’ve lived in the Logan Circle area, that circle has always been used by dog owners. Obviously as the neighborhood gentrified and more young folks with dogs moved in, the population of dogs has ticked up. But dogs have been pets for centuries. You’re just going to have to get used to living in a city where people have dogs. And where there is grass, there will be dogs. Simple enough.

        I’ll take the dogs and their owners over what Logan Circle used to look like 15 years ago.

  • If this is now officially a place for dogs, why not leave up the fence?

  • Oh, that’s a horrible idea – if you are going to let dogs be allowed there, you NEED that fence to keep them in! I’ll never forget many years ago walking through that circle right as two dogs that were playing jumped off the curb and into traffic on the circle and both of them got hit by cars 🙁 Really hoping that doesn’t happen again!

    • I think you’re confused about which fence is being taken down and where the dogs have been allowed.

      Also, there have been dogs in Logan Circle since the early 2000s when I lived there. If they have ever not been allowed in the outer parts of the park, no one has ever obeyed that law.

    • No, you don’t need a fence, the owners need to keep their f’n animals on a leash as required by law. Removing the no dogs allowed sign doesn’t mean new dog park even though everyone will treat it as such. You want to let your little fur baby run free, go to a dog park or find a friend with a yard. Sadly, seeing how other dogs allowed spaces get abused I’m sorry to see a picnic spot vanish.

      • Tsar of Truxton

        Agreed. My guess is they are removing the fence to discourage off leash dogs. If they wanted to make it a dog park, they would have put in a taller fence. That short fence was just a false sense of security.

      • If memory serves humans were also not supposed to be inside the fence either. But sure, complain about the rebellious dog owners.

  • It’s interesting to see what motivates the NPS to actually act. Personally I’d prefer they start focusing on snow removal, cutting the grass, and general maintenance, rather than throwing a hissy fit and spending the time and money removing a perfectly good fence. But that’s just me.

    • I know that in a lot of old cemeteries like Congressional, many individual graves had fences around them. They were taken down because it was easier to maintain (i.e. cut the grass by the managers of the places) without them. Wonder if something like is part of NPS’s thinking.

  • Maybe they plan to replace the fence with a taller one where both people and dogs are kept off the grass there?

  • Legit zero need for speculation. This is completely in response to the NPS decision to allow dogs on that part of the grass (after previously saying no dogs allowed). Now they ‘allow’ dogs, but are enforcing the leash requirement by taking out the fence. Honestly a smart move, if not rude to the dog owners who use that little area as an off leash dog park.
    PERSONALLY, as a dog owner and LOVER, I’m wary of people letting their dogs off leash in places like this. You’ve got a lot of pedestrians (not to mention how close the road is), and one distraction can make your dog bolt, either into traffic or up to someone who may not be as dog-loving as you and me.

    • I think you should be more than wary. It’s against the law. It shouldn’t be happening, period. I love dogs and have dogs and this is just wrong. There’s a dog park two blocks away if your dog needs to be off leash.

      But I otherwise agree if the fence is what gave people the idea to let their dogs off leash there, then removing the fence makes sense since it will cut back on that.

      I am a little jealous of people who have dogs they can even unleash. IF I did that, my dog would be right in the middle of that road or halfway to Virginia before I could catch him.

      • Same here, Duponter. My little 4 legged devil would laugh at that tiny fence and find all the squirrels to run after before I would even know!
        Something that always comes up here on Pop that I think is good to remember is that even if you have a perfectly well trained dog, with immaculate recall skills, they are still dogs, you just dont know what they are going to do!

      • justinbc

        Yeah there’s absolutely no way I could have let my husky off leash. Their sense of direction is nonexistent.

    • yup. I don’t like dogs (an abominable opinion, I know), and I really don’t like seeing dogs get hit by cars. Keep em on a leash!

  • As a dog owner, this is fine. There’s a fenced in dog park at 11th and Q.

  • WTF – with all the parks in the city that look as though they’ve been abandoned by the NPS, why is this even on their to-do list?

  • Dogs are more important than most people in this city. My dog is 4th generation DC.

  • I used to live right on the circle and go out at night sometimes to kick a ball around in that little area, since the fence helped keep the ball from rolling away. Never saw dogs in there, which was very nice. Don’t live there anymore, so I really couldn’t care less.

  • No dogs because artists will set up easels there tonight to paint — oh wait, that’s right, no one can do anything like that anymore, because it’s overrun with dogs. What was I thinking? The only option is dogs.

  • The fence that was removed was only about 18 inches off the ground. That’s not nearly tall enough to prevent a mid to large size dog from jumping over it, which I’ve witnessed several times. If anything the fence was more of a tripping hazard to children, who I’ve also seen trying, and failing, to step over it.

  • I walk through the park at least once a day. All the complaining seems to be about non-existent issues. Lots of activities take place everyday in the circle. You’d think this fence business was the end of the world–it isn’t.

  • Holy hand wringing garbage. You people really live in Logan Circle? Entitled whiny yuppies worthy of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

  • It’s a shame cash strapped NPS had to remove fence when there are more important uses for its budget. But that’s not why Logan Circle residents are annoyed.

    For years, the “inner circle” was the patch of clean, green grass residents could enjoy, and even toddlers could play, without concern about pet contamination. About a year ago, NPS posted new “no dog” signs protecting the inner circle. But vandals soon removed them and dogs and their owners immediately started congregating in the area. Concerned residents asked NPS to replace the signs, dog owners protested and argued dogs should be allowed everywhere.

    While NPS considered what to do, the inner circle became increasingly populated with off leash dogs and in just a few months the grass has largely been burned off with dog urine. The area surrounding General Logan is fast becoming a hole riddled dirt patch. The only clean, green area of the park has been destroyed for all. That’s the real problem. Whether there’s a park fence is largely irrelevant when there’s no longer a grassy park for everyone’s enjoyment.

    Apparently the dog owners argued principles of fairness and civility to the NPS. I watching to see if they will comport themselves with these principles and repair the community’s park grass their dogs destroyed.

  • I was really disappointed to see the fence cut down today. The center area is the one place I can let my toddler explore without the fear of used cigarettes, chicken bones, or broken glass. I do not mind that dogs share the space as we have a dog too (he actually doesn’t like to middle area). I understand the whole argument between dog owners and non dog owners. The 2 things that upset me the most is 1. This was a waste of funds and 2. The cutdown looks like it was carelessly done and there are tiny shards and blobs of metal all over where each post had been (in the grass and on the sidewalk). I didn’t notice it until my daughter tripped on the sidewalk and cut her finger on the metal. I really hope they just haven’t cleaned it up yet.