There's a for sale sign at the dog park, but we can still save it.

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As you likely know, the Columbia Heights Dog Park sits on property owned by WMATA, which has allowed us to use the space for our dog park since 2009. In the last few years, WMATA has shown interest in selling the property. Knowing this, the community urged the District of Columbia Council to purchase the land. More than 1,500 District residents (both those with and without dogs) signed a petition, local businesses submitted letters, and our ANC representatives passed a resolution in favor of saving such green spaces in our neighborhood. The Council heard us and allocated money in the FY2019 budget to buy the land.

Now, WMATA has officially listed the property for sale and is accepting bids, which are due the end of February. That is why the for sale sign suddenly appeared in the park.

The District did make an offer to buy the land, but WMATA rejected it. The fight to save the park, however, isn't over. We now need Mayor Bowser to make a fair market value offer on the property.

On Wednesday, January 9, ANC1A adopted a resolution, introduced by Commissioner Angelica Castañon (1A06), to show support for the mayor making a fair market value offer.

Now it’s your turn. Please take a moment to ask the mayor to make this offer.

Join Us for el Dia de los Muertos Events

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We are excited to team up with the Petworth Arts Collaborative for the 2nd annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The day celebrates the lives of loved ones—family, friends and pets—no longer with us. It is a great way to share a common experience, not just with friends and neighbors from the dog park, but with those from across the community. Learn more about el Dia de los Muertos here.

The events include:

  • Thursday, October 18: “Get Crafty” & Happy Hour 

    We will make marigolds, butterflies, and paper garlands that we will use to decorate the dog park on the Day of the Dead. We will also have supplies for the ofrendas (shadow boxes) we will make on October 27th.

    Where: Maple Restaurant (3418 11th Street NW)

    When: 6pm-8pm+

    What: Help us create marigolds, sugar skull garlands and other decorations from tissue paper. 

    What to bring: Yourself. We will supply tissue paper, scissors, and instructions (if you need them).
    Please RSVP here for this event.

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018: Make your own Ofrenda (shadowbox) (Kids VERY welcome) 

    Make your own shadowbox celebrating the life of a loved one, family friend, or pet. Take your ofrendas home and showcase them around the neighborhood on November 2nd. 

    Where: Columbia Heights Green (3321 11th Street NW)

    When: 1pm-3pm

    What to bring: Memories, souvenirs, and photos of and about your loved one. We will provide crafting supplies, boxes (big and small), tissue paper, and other materials.

    Please RSVP here for this event.

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018: Free Screening of Coco (Kids VERY welcome)

    The Petworth Art Collaborative will screen the great Disney/Pixar movie that explores the traditions of Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos. The DC Bureau of is sponsoring sweets: Churros and pan dulce

    Where: Powell Elementary School (1350 Upshur Street NW)

    When: 6pm-8pm

    You can RSVP here for this event.

  • November 2, 2018: Parades and Celebrations

    There will be a procession up Georgia Avenue and celebrations at both the dog park & Columbia Heights Green. Dress up your dog or just enjoy the fun. 

September Cleanup a Success

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday to help make the dog park and the community just a little bit better. We mulched the tree boxes, edged and pulled the weeds inside and outside of the park, disinfected the benches, and cleanup up dog poop. We also added new new poop bag dispenser. Just an hour of work made a huge difference.

And after the cleanup, a few of us joined together for dog friendly brunch at Bar Roubaix.

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Fall Park Cleanup & Brunch - September 22

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It's time for a fall cleanup, and we need your help. Join us on Saturday September 22 at 10:30. We'll add new mulch to the tree boxes, trim the grass, pick up any debris in and around the park, and repair the plastic meshing that keeps small dogs safely in the park. 

We'll bring trash bags, gloves, mulch, a rake and shovel, and zip ties for the plastic meshing. If you can bring, or lend us, a manual push-mower or a gas-powered weed wacker to trim the grass, please email us.

Post-Cleanup Brunch at Bar Roubaix
After the cleanup, we’ll gather and have brunch at Bar Roubaix on Irving Street. Dogs are welcome on the patio. 

Please RSVP here to let us know if you are coming to brunch.

If you can't attend but would like to help? Consider a tax-deductible donation to help fund the cleanup. Your generous donations help us buy mulch and other supplies. Thanks again. 

Gus Kenworthy & Birdie Visit 11th and Bark

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy just rescued a new pup named BirdieThe Humane Society International saved Birdie after she was born on a meat farm in South Korea, and then Gus came to DC to adopt her from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. What was one of their very first stops after she was adopted? That’s right—the Columbia Heights Dog Park! Thank you Gus for saving dogs and for your dedication to making others aware of the cause. 

Columbia Heights Day Was a Huge Success

Thanks to board member Yared and volunteer Elise for staffing the 11th & Bark table

Thanks to board member Yared and volunteer Elise for staffing the 11th & Bark table

On June 16, the community came together for Columbia Heights Day. 40 dogs (and their humans) participated in our Dog Show and many supporters stopped by our table to learn more about our efforts to save and improve the park. Thanks to everyone who volunteered, competed in the dog show, and donated to 11th & Bark.

Read more, find photos, and see the winners of the dog show here

 

Summer stopped by the 11th & Bark table after winning first prize for best dressed at the Dog Show. 

Summer stopped by the 11th & Bark table after winning first prize for best dressed at the Dog Show. 

You can still get a dog bandana like Picasso's if you donate $10 or more.  Email us  for info

You can still get a dog bandana like Picasso's if you donate $10 or more. Email us for info

Join Us for the Columbia Heights Day Dog Show

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The 13th Annual Columbia Heights Day 2018 will take place on June 16 from 11 am - 6 pm. Stop by our table, where you can buy bandanas for your dogs, purchase bottled water, and take steps to support the park. Also, enter your dog or come by to watch our Dog Show. Registration for the dog show begins at 10:30 and the show begins at 11:00. Prizes will be given for:

  • Best dressed
  • Best kisser
  • Best trick
  • Best tail wagging
  • Best ears
  • Most mysterious mutt
  • Most Distinguished (dogs 7 & up)

To volunteer at the table or the dog show, email us.