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“Dog Park vs People Park?”

Park Road just before Mount Pleasant Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

In this photo a happy little Mount Pleasant park sits sun drenched and empty. There’s nothing really special about it.

A morning exercise class uses it. Rotating clusters of people wait for the H4. Kids skip through. Dog walkers chat with runners stretching out and folks waiting for the bus. A guy always parks his Vespa here alongside some bikes.

Everyone in the neighborhood gets to enjoy or ignore this little public space. It could definitely be improved.

(Better trash collection, bench at bus stop) It has always been just a low key great little public space.

The past few weeks a neighbor has started tabling to turn it into a dog park: better use of space, lots of dog owners, will cut down on crime, will prevent a tent city.

Do any readers have experience stopping this kind of park take-over from happening in neighborhoods? The DC website gives you steps on how to convert a public park into a dog park but not steps on how to object and push for a broader community use.”

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