NSDP Community Discussion: Park Upgrades

Community,

The NSDPK9F board has been working hard to maintain, and even improve, the state of our park. It is an unfortunate reality that D.C. does not have the manpower to adequately maintain every inch of their park land. As such it is important for the community to play a role in the upkeep. To that end we have some plans in mind on which we would like your input.

The black storage box has lost its legs so we will be removing it within the coming month and installing a new shed in the East entrance for all of our tools (and secret stash of tennis balls). This is possible due to the generous donations from our wonderful community!

The board, Casey Trees, and their DC DPR contact are planning a tree planting within the coming month that will eventually increase the canopy in the area. The additional trees will be planted along the perimeter of the exterior of the park. One tree may actually be IN the park and we would like your input on that. Good idea? Bad idea?

In place of the black box that we love to sit on we would like to install a new bench (which would be right next to the tree). This is an item we will need to seek sponsorship and or have a fundraiser for.

Please take some time to weigh in on these upgrades and feel free to suggest anything additional. We are still waiting on our contractor to take care of the surfacing issue but trust that it is one of our priorities.

Thanks for your support!

NSDP Community Discussion: Children In The Park

Community,

The board has received several complaints about children playing unsupervised, and sometimes ineffectively supervised, in the dog park. The presence of children is certainly not offensive and, so long as they are supervised, there is no D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation regulation (Reference #17 in the Regulations listed here) that forbids them from using the dog park.

The concern is that the dog park is not a safe place for small children for a number of reasons the first of which is how unsanitary it is for them to play in the gravel. Additionally, dogs tend to enjoy playing with things that are at their eye level or similar size. As a result, people who bring their dog to the park may feel obligated to isolate their pup or leave so that there are no accidents.

What are your thoughts and or suggestions on this issue?

Woof and Wag Spring Fundraiser

The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the dogs are back to wagging at the park…It’s about time!

Come celebrate spring with us, and our four legged friends, at the Newark Street Dog Park

Sunday May 3, 2015 2-5pm

We’ll have burgers (veggie/beef) and dogs (hot dogs that is) from our friends at Whole Foods Market Tenley, games with prizes from local stores and restaurants like
La Piquette DC, Cactus Cantina, Unleashed by Petco, Wylie WaggRoofers Union, Ripple and more!

You’ll also have the opportunity to begin, or renew, your annual membership with the Newark Street Park K-9 Friends to support the operations and development of the Newark Street Dog Park (DC).

So ‘shake a leg’ and come out to play!

Park Water

Hello Friends!

Unfortunately, there are some pipe damage issues on the block that are preventing the District from turning the water back on. We’ll keep our paws on the pulse and let you know as we get updates.

Great News, friends!

Thanks to the cooperation of the dog park, the community gardens, and Smith, Walker and Sons Plumbing and HVAC, WE HAVE OUR WATER BACK! Tawnya, seems happy.

Park Updates!!

Good Afternoon NSDP Park Friends!

Here is a quick note to update the community about the park:

The board is working with DC Department of Parks and Recreation to assess the needs for resurfacing at all of the parks. DPR is at the bidding stage of the process so it can, by estimation, take upwards of 3-5 months from now to the completion of the project.

The parts have been ordered to fix the water faucet and we hope to have it fixed by no later than next week.

We are planning a Spring Fundraiser for (tentatively) May 3rd. We’ll have a dog agility course, some friendly competitions, educational opportunities, food, and prizes from local restaurants and stores. Check back soon for a list of those community businesses supporting the event. The proceeds from this fundraiser will pay for the new water faucet and support monthly operational costs like regular disinfection.

Thanks for your patience and support! Play on!

Fall Fundraiser and Costume Contest

Thanks to those who came to the event Sunday. We were able to raise over $800! That’s more than 5% of our operating costs IN ONE DAY! This is fantastic but we’ve still got a ways to go so keep an eye out for the next event (and for pictures of the Fall Costume Contest).

Also, don’t forget to attend the Annual Membership Meeting held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:30pm at the McLean Gardens Ballroom (3811 Porter St NW). Your participation is important in electing new board members and contributing to the discussion.