Tuesday, February 13, 2018

11th and Park dog park with a new petition to the city; "Mardi Paws" dog costume contest Feb. 27

If you like the 11th and Park dog park, there are a few updates. Folks from 11th and Bark, the nonprofit that manages the park, recently held a cleanup, and have also released a new petition asking the city to buy the property and designate it an official dog park.

If you recall, WMATA, which owns the land, recently announced they would like to sell it. They said they would prefer to sell it to the city, and city officials have said they'd like to buy it. However, that hasn't happened yet. Local dog owners are concerned the land will be sold and converted to another use.

Maggie Garrett of 11th and Bark has this to say about the petition: 
The Mayor is currently crafting her budget and should present it to the Council in March. Ward One Councilmember Brianne Nadeau already requested that Mayor Muriel Bowser include money in her budget to buy the property for the purpose of a dog park. Now, it's our turn to tell the Mayor to include money in her budget to buy the park and Councilmembers to support it.
They also have published a list of action items that you can do to help advocate for the park.

And finally, they're organizing a "Mardi Paws" event at the park on Feb. 21st from 11am-1pm, with a dog costume contest as well as prizes and giveaways. Sounds like fun. I hope there's King Cake.

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