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New Benches Prevent Dogs from ‘Marking’ Trees at S Street Dog Park

by Tim Regan March 10, 2016 at 11:15 am 1 Comment

S Street Dog Park benches

When the S Street Dog Park in Dupont closed Tuesday afternoon, some residents wrote us to voice their concerns. Fear not, dog-havers: the park was merely being upgraded.

The doggy play area reopened yesterday with two new metal benches, said ANC 2B Commissioner Michael Silverstein during last night’s monthly meeting.

Before the upgrade, the park had six trees, but only four circular metal benches. Now, each tree has a metal bench surrounding it. Those benches, according to Silverstein, prevent dogs from “marking” the trees “hundreds of times a day.”

“One of the trees died and the other was not well,” Silverstein said. “The [D.C. Department of General Services] fabricated a couple of new benches without warning.”

Two new benches may not seem like much, but for the Dupont Circle commissioner, it’s been a long time coming.

“This is something we’ve been trying to get for three years and we got it yesterday,” Silverstein said. “This is sort of like Christmas in March.”

The dog park is open from dawn to dusk.

Comments (1)

  1. R. Scott Wallis

    Unfortunately, the benches were installed ridiculously low; they are about 6″ lower than the older ones. Also, the style is different with large gaps between the metal. This is a problem because many dogs get on the benches and their paws will fall right through and the dogs could get stuck/hurt. A really poor design for a dog park.

    Oh, and that’s my dog in the background…peeing on the bench this morning. Coincidence, I swear.

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