The association operates the park at 1673 11th St. NW is looking for people to participate in a “big” cleanup on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m.
“In place of our monthly hour-long clean up, on Sunday, November 27 we’ll be closing the park to dogs for a special one-time-only Big Clean to help the park get in shape for winter,” the Shaw Dog Park Association wrote in its Nov. 17 newsletter. “Help out with the standard clean-up or bring your paint brushes and help us stain and condition our tree boxes.”
Those interested in helping are instructed to leave their dogs at home, however.
Photo via Shaw Dog Park
Dogs in costumes will frolic through Shaw Dog Park during the pet park’s annual “Howl-O-Ween” event this Saturday at 11 a.m.
During the event, humans and canines alike will compete to win in three costume contests: best big dog, best little dog, and best owner/dog costumes. Attendees can also enter a raffle to win prizes from Logan Hardware, Avenue Jack and Nelly’s.
Shaw Dog Park Volunteers will also sell T-shirts and poop bags branded with the park’s name and logo.
Steve Oatmeyer, a member of the Shaw Dog Park board, said the part of the event’s goal is to raise $3000 to replace the park’s failing gate and fence.
“We need repairs of the gates and the fence. They need to be replaced,” Oatmeyer said. “Hopefully, by the end of the year we will have it done.”
“We also have to resurface the gravel on a weekly basis, water and take care of the trees,” Oatmeyer said. “We’ve been around for nine or ten years, so now things are happening we really need to start replacing.”
Locals who can’t show up on Saturday can also donate to the cause via Paypal here.
Photo courtesy of Shaw Dog Park
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
The spring equinox may have come and gone back on March 20 but the recent spate of days in the 80s and upper-70s has unofficially confirmed that spring has arrived. Hopefully it’s not raining while you’re reading this, as that can be and has been an unfortunate component of spring in the city.
But that rain and these temperatures have allowed for the beauteous growth of the trees and flowers in our parks. So before any dark clouds come back, head outside and take a swing around the neighborhood.
Places to Enjoy Nature
- Meridian Hill Park — one of our largest parks, this is a great place to just wander around on a sunny afternoon.
- Logan Circle — a shady, quiet park to relax with friends, have a picnic or take a nap.
- Dupont Circle — is it more about relaxing or about people watching? Who says you can’t do both? This may be the most popular/best known of all the parks/circles in DC.
- Thomas Circle — there isn’t much nature to take in here, but come by on any weekday and you’ll see the base of the statue covered with office workers taking in the sun.
- Spanish Steps — a great gem tucked away where 22nd Street should be between Decatur Place and S Street. The Spanish Steps were built in 1911 and stand today as a testament to some of DC’s more beautiful city planning.
Places to Play
- Shaw Dog Park — the larger Dog Park in the area. The location may not be as convenient as the S Street Dog Park, but if you’re looking for a big space where your dog can get in some good running, this is your place.
- S Street Dog Park — the more centrally located Dog Park. It may not be as big as the above site, but the turf and the address make this a great spot for playing and socializing (for both humans and dogs).
- Stead Park — a local favorite, this is a great place to bring the kids or for organized sports.
- Cardozo Playground — located next to the Shaw Dog Park, Cardozo features both a skate park and a large field for team sports.
- Rock Creek Park — there’s no way to avoid this behemoth in a list like this. Rock Creek Park is a great park for both taking in nature and engaging in any sort of play or exercise.
Let us know which is your favorite place to enjoy Spring around the neighborhood?
The spring Shaw Dog Park Cleanup Day is this Saturday, May 18 at 10 am. Shaw Dogs asks that you bring garden tools, wheelbarrows and rakes (and remember to wear gloves). Tasks will include picking up litter in and around the park, raking gravel, filing holes, tending the tree boxes and performing some basic repair work.
The park is on 11th Street NW between Rhode Island Avenue and R Street and is run by the Shaw Dog Park Association, a non-profit organization, which holds monthly meetings.
On Sunday, January 27, the Shaw Dog Park Association will hold its election of board members from 6 to 9 pm at the Helix Hotel (1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW). Food and beverage will be provided at the meeting.
The 2012 Board includes the following members:
- Brad Scarborough, President
- Warren “Randy” Randolph, Vice President
- Lillian Iversen, Secretary
- George Kassouf, Treasurer
- Tyler Jug
- Kate Kolstad
- John McDermott
- Steve Oatmeyer
- Missy Rinder
The Shaw Dog Park is located at 1673 11th Street NW. For more information, visit the website.
Shaw Dog Park is turning four this weekend… and the Shaw Dog Park Association is throwing a party to celebrate!
On Saturday, November 3, join in the festivities with your dog and neighbors. The party will start at 11 am and will include snacks, beverages, a raffle and the opportunity to purchase the new Shaw Dog Park t-shirts, featuring artwork by Branddave.
Shaw Dog Park is at 1673 11th Street NW. For more information on the event, visit the Facebook page.
No, this is not a casting call for another catchy canine tune along the lines of “Who Let the Dogs Out.” But on Sunday, August 26, scouts will seek-out DC’s pups with personality at the Shaw Dog Park (1673 11th Street NW) from noon until 2 pm.
Hoping you can star alongside of your furry friend? Pack your resume and a headshot, the directors will also be casting actors for extras in the video.
For more information, email [email protected]
The Shaw Dog Park Association has a new look – and it launched this week. The newly redesigned website provides visitors with a fresh new look and an easier way to navigate information on the Shaw Dog Park and the Shaw community.
The new platform also allows gives park volunteers an easier way to register for events! And if you recognize the homepage’s graphic, you’re not alone — it’s from local artist, Dave Peterson.
The Shaw Dog Park is located at 1673 11th Street NW (between Rhode Island and R) and is open Monday through Friday from 7 am until 10 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am until 10 pm.
The spring Shaw Dog Park Cleanup Day is this Saturday, April 28 from 10 to 11 am. Shaw Dogs asks that you bring garden tools, wheelbarrows and rakes (remember to wear gloves). Tasks will include picking up litter in and around the park, raking gravel, filing holes, tending the tree boxes and performing some basic repair work.
The park is on 11th Street between Rhode Island Avenue and R Street NW, and is run by the Shaw Dog Park Association, a non-profit organization, which holds monthly meetings.
- George Kassouf: The Force Behind Shaw Dog Park
- Jan. 18: Shaw Dog Park Association to Hold First Annual Meeting
- Shaw Dog Park to Celebrate Anniversary, Improvements
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.
Come On, Irene…
In case you missed it, we are slated to get one heck of a storm this weekend. Hurricane Irene is flirting with an upgrade to a Category 4 storm sometime Saturday morning. Try to prepare and be safe — we’re talking bottled water, non-perishable food and flashlights. Hopefully you don’t need those, though. Washington Business Journal reports that local power companies are preparing for the onslaught to keep your lights on for the weekend.
One Little Piggy Goes to Market
If you ignore my advice and develop a bad case of cabin fever, go check out another pig roast at Local 16 on the 28th. We went to the first and man, that was some tasty pork! Need to feel better about your gluttony? We’ve got you covered. Check out Deals for Deeds to get your $10 tickets and do some good by stuffing your piehole.
Boozy Thursday Hits You Missed
While we were being paranoid survivalists (or working late and hitting the bar, that’s survival too), we and you probably missed two great booze events. Gina Chersevani of PS7 and Elli Benchimol of Chef Geoff’s held a course last night on using garden herbs and produce to make cocktails as part of a learn, sip and taste seminar (details at The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide). Also last night was a Dog Days of Summer event at the Kennedy Center featuring grilled sausages, local beers and music on the roof. Given the weather, it may have been a bit dicey, but the roof deck overlooking the river is one of our favorite things. See what you missed at Brightest Young Things.
New Developments in the Neighborhood
Urban Turf has the dirt on a new development on 14th Street. The project, called The Irwin, would be six stories and 55 units of mostly studios or one-bedrooms. The ANC directed the developers to rework their glass design and talk to more neighbors, so no clue when this will actually break ground. A project in another vacant lot has less support, however. Greater Greater Washington reports on the neighborhood opposition to the development of a condo building at 17th Street and O Street. Several other steps, such as ANC approval, approval by the Historic Preservation Review Board and a zoning variance, will need to be taken before the project can move forward, so stay tuned.
Zoning, ANC’s and Ice Water at Shaw’s Tavern
It’s hard to not be a little sad while reading the Washington City Paper’s story on Shaw’s Tavern and the trials they are enduring in an attempt to get their liquor license. It appears mistakes were made initially and they are paying the (in this writer’s opinion) excessive price for those missteps. Please, alcohol gods at the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, give them a break. This area could actually use some decent food places and really, we all deserve a cold one.
Should I Stay or Should I Go Now
Not talking about evacuations, but an interesting story in the Washington Times discussing the equation that directs you to buy a condo or continue renting. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but it’s a good reminder that the changes in the market post-bubble bursting are lasting. If you are having to explain to your mother why it’s okay to rent for a long time like me, it’s a good rationalization read.
The Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW will be closed for three days next week, Monday through Wednesday. Shaw Dogs reports that workmen will be pouring concrete at the entrances. Weather permitting, new metal benches will be installed Friday. Shaw Dogs plans to re-open the park on Thursday morning.
The Shaw Dog Park was awarded an $85,000 grant last fall from the Neighborhood Investment Fund (NIF) to pay for the upgrades.
The Shaw Dog Park will receive some major improvements over the next few weeks. The park, on the east side of 11th Street, NW between Q and R Streets, was awarded an $85,000 grant from the Neighborhood Investment Fund (NIF) to pay for the upgrades. (See Shaw Dog Park Gets $75,000 City Grant for Improvements, September 13.)
The NIF is administered by Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Some of the planned improvements will include:
Shaw Dogs is the volunteer group that runs the Shaw Dog Park at 1673 11th Street NW (between Rhode Island Avenue and R Street. Their next monthly meeting is Wednesday, May 18, 7 pm at Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW. All are welcome to attend.
Shaw Dogs reports that Hotel Helix has restarted their weekly Doggie Happy Hours on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm on the Patio. Complimentary doggies snacks are served, and there are drink specials for humans.