On December 8, 11th and Bark sponsors another park cleanup. We picked up poop, raked and bagged leaves, cleaned the benches and tables, removed some metal that had been exposed from erosion. Thanks to everyone who helped!
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)
What: Help us create marigolds, sugar skull garlands and other decorations from tissue paper.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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 a dog friendly brunch at Bar Roubaix.
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.
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.
Olympian Gus Kenworthy just rescued a new pup named Birdie. The 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.
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.
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.
On May 14, The Washington Post highlighted our efforts to save the Columbia Heights Dog Park. For that article the newspaper spoke to three of the candidates in the Ward 1 Council race. Note that these statements were made before funding was secured in the budget. Here's what they said:
- Current Councilmember Brianne Nadeau:
Nadeau has spent months lobbying for $1.5 million in the council’s 2019 spending bill that would allow the city to buy the land. Should that fail, she said, the mayor might still be able to reallocate money to buy the park if it were for sale.
“My sense is that we don’t need to panic just yet,” Nadeau said. “There’s still other possibilities. But gosh, wouldn’t it be great if we could just get this done?”
- Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kent C. Boese:
Another council candidate who has visited recently, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kent C. Boese, said that $1.5 million might be too much. The city, he said, should take stock of its public land and get more input before determining if the park’s location is its best option.
“If we are using public funds for the property, we should have a bigger conversation . . . rather than funneling money toward a predetermined outcome,” he said. “Maybe it is the best site for a dog park. Maybe it isn’t. Either way, how can we know that unless we’re exploring all of our options?”
- Ward 1 Candidate Jamie Sycamore:
Ward 1 candidate Jamie Sycamore, a dog owner, said Nadeau’s proposal falls short of what he believes the community needs: He would propose setting aside $3 million for the park.
“That safety net is to make sure there’s enough money to be invested in everything that needs to get done,” said Sycamore, whose dog, Rory, has visited the park. “If you want to show you’re really invested in the community, invest in the community. Pick up a shovel. Show you care.”
We have not seen any public statements about the park from Sheika Reid, but she has signed our petition to save the park. We also are not aware of any public statements made by Lori E. Parker about the park.
Thanks to the overwhelming support for the dog park, the Council has allocated funds to save it. The FY2019 budget includes $1.5 million to purchase the Columbia Heights Dog Park from WMATA. The Council's final vote on the budget was May 29, 2018. The budget is now on the mayor's desk, awaiting her signature.
Members of the Council deserve our thanks. You can send them an email to thank them here.
Next, the District and WMATA will have to negotiate the sale of the property, and dog park supporters need to start raising money to share the costs of improving the park. You can donate to our efforts to improve the park here.