Columbia Heights Dog Park Clean Up Project Planned for Earth Day

columbia heights dog park
11th and Park Road, NW

From a press release:

“This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM the staff of Patrick’s Pet Care alongside considerate neighborhood volunteers plans to clean up the Columbia Heights dog park. Located at the corner of 11th St and Park Road in Northwest, the popular park has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

Patrick’s Pet Care owner, Patrick Flynn, says the project aims to draw attention to the need for improvements and the importance of the dog park to its community. He hopes this clean-up will provide modest improvements while signaling that a permanent solution is needed to raise the Columbia Heights dog park up to DC standards.

“As a resident of Columbia Heights, I know the dog park serves as a place where neighbors gather to socialize and relax while their dogs romp. It needs to accommodate the dogs and their people,” continues Flynn. “It’s part of my company’s mission to partner with the communities we serve. Projects like this enable us to honor that goal.”

The clean-up project will include removing garbage and old toys from the park, installing a drainage channel, and repairing the protective fencing that prevents smaller dogs from slipping under the gate. A rain basin will also be installed to provide a sustainable source of water for the dogs.

Support from neighborhood organizations makes this project possible. Representatives from the Columbia Heights Initiative and Neighborly Lawns will be attending the event, and Neighborly Lawns is also donating materials. RedRocks will provide lunch for the volunteers. To help fund the event, Patrick’s Pet Care has applied for a grant from Columbia Heights ANC 1A.

Volunteers are welcome and can contact Jane Garfinkel with any questions at [email protected]

6 Comment

  • Good idea. I used to love doggy happy hour on Fridays, and sharing joints with fellow carefree dog owners. Also, a band used to practice or perform in the house adjacent to the park. Those were wild, heady days. Glad to hear it will be spruced up. Now that I chase a toddler instead of a mutt, I have to at least appear somewhat responsible, how boring.

  • What happened to 11th & Bark, the non-profit that was working on turning this into an official dog park?

  • It would be great if we could install double gates at the entrances as well, so when new dogs come in no one escapes out. Love effort to making this a better spot!