The Shaw Dog Park Committee holds its monthly meeting tonight with the main topic of discussion the formation of a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation to maintain and manage the dog park. The park is located on the 1600 block of 11th Street NW. Shaw Dogs currently operates as a subcommittee of the MidCity Association, a neighborhood non-profit organization. The meeting is at the group’s regular location, Hotel Helix at 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW, at 7 p.m. Shaw Dogs meetings are open to the public.
The organizational question for the Shaw Dog Park is important because in DC, the city’s dog parks are operated and maintained by volunteer organizations that are formed specifically for each park. This is done in conjunction with the city. In other words, some official policing capacities in the hands of citizens and not government staff, i.e., DC Urban Park Rangers. Over on 17th Street NW, there is a separate organization for the the 17th Street dog park, Circle Dogs.
At Shaw Dog’s February 24 meeting, discussion focused on the rule limiting the number of dogs one person may bring to the park. The issue has been particularly important recently due to reports of a professional dog walker bringing up to 10 dogs to the park and a related incident that is alleged to have occurred at the park. Read “Shaw Dog Park Committee Dealing with Limits on Numbers” for a February meeting recap.