Shaw Dog Park to Celebrate Anniversary, Improvements

by November 2, 2011 at 10:20 am 2,069 0

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The Shaw Dog Park on the 1600 block of 11th Street NW celebrates major improvements and its third anniversary on Saturday, November 5. Luis Gomez Photos)

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Just in time to coincide with its third anniversary, the Shaw Dog Park will be hosting an open house event this Saturday, November 5, from noon to 2 pm to let the community see the enhancements made to the park over the last few months. The event will include refreshments, entertainment and a raffle to generate some operational funds to keep the park running throughout the year. The park is located on 11th Street NW between Q and R Streets.

Lillian Iverson, who is in charge of the anniversary party committee, pointed out some of the improvements made to the park since September.

  • The installation of crepe myrtle trees in tree boxes, which come next spring and summer, will allow for additional shading throughout the park.
  • The installation of benches for owners to relax while watching their dogs.
  • An aesthetically pleasing, yet practical solution to our hydration system, which will allow for water to be accessible at the park year-round.
  • The installation of a shade-sail and bench in the “under 25 pounds” dog enclosure.

Iverson emphasized that while this weekend’s event is a time to celebrate three years of success, it is also an opportunity to remind everyone that year-round functioning of the Park is dependent upon the not-for-profit Shaw Dog Park Association and volunteers. In addition to the raffle, Shaw Dog Park T-shirts will be sold to raise funds for operational upkeep.

When the 15,000 square foot park opened in 2008 — during the Adrian Fenty administration — it was the first legal off-leash dog park in DC. The money to plan and build the park came from a grant from DC’s Neighborhood Investment Fund. During the 2010 mayoral campaign Fenty was frequently accused of favoring young, newcomers to DC by supporting bike lanes and dog parks. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is expected to attend this Saturday’s event.


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