May 2018 Newsletter

1. Spring Cleanup and Fund Raiser Results:
Thank you to everyone that contributed the weekend of May 5 and 6.  We raised over $3,900, which goes toward purchasing the poop bags as well as other supplies and maintenance for the dog park.  You can make a tax- deductible donation anytime from our web site:
https://shirlingtondogs.org and click on the “donate” bone.

    
A big thanks to those who helped with spreading mulch and park cleanup led by Carlton Willis, Jennifer Agabin and James Warmack.  You can keep the effort going by picking up trash and poop if you see it every time you visit.

 

2. As the weather warms up more of you will want to go down to the stream with your dog.  Remember that the stream is NOT part of the Shirlington Dog Park and can be dangerous. Four Mile Run is an urban stream that at any time can carry a variety of pollutants as well as debris that can harm your dog and you.  For more info please visit:

https://parks.arlingtonva.us/parksfacilities/dog-parks/dog-play-stream/

 

3. We are always in need of clean plastic bags such as those your newspaper comes in, for use in picking up dog poop.  Please bring the bags to the park and place in the two green mailboxes at either end of the park.  If they are already full, please place in an outer bag and hang it on the shed door handle.  This will help cut down the number of bags we have to purchase.

April 2018 Newsletter

1.   Spring Clean-up and Fund Raiser
Mark your calendars for May 5 and 6 as the dog park will have its Spring clean-up and fund raising weekend.  Come show your support by participating in the clean-up starting at 10:00 both mornings. We will be spreading mulch around the trees, picking up trash and doing other tasks.  We will also be collecting donations both days and will have the new dog park magnets available. You can also make a donation anytime at our web site: http://www.ShirlingtonDogs.org

2.   We are in need of clean plastic bags such as those your newspaper comes in, for use in picking up dog poop.  Please bring the bags to the park and place in the two green mailboxes at either end of the park.  If they are already full, please place in an outer bag and hang it on the shed door handle.

3.   This is a good time to check to make sure your dogs are up to date on their rabies and other vaccines and they have their current license before bringing them to any dog park.  There is a link for info at our site under “Resources”.

4.   Please be advised the Shirlington Dog Park closes 30 minutes after sunset.  Everyone and their dogs MUST be out of the park by then.  The closest dog park that has lights and is open later is Ft Bernard, which is up the hill on Walter Reed Drive.  See the link on our site for details and list of other dog parks that are open later. 

March 2018 Newsletter UPDATED

1.    The dog park will be closed including the small dog area Tuesday morning, March 27, 8:00 AM to noon for maintenance and to remove the fallen tree.  This was rescheduled due to the recent snow.  Please "join" to receive important dog park news.

2.    County contractors will be treating an invasive species, Lesser Celandine, along the Four Mile Run Stream outside the fence of the Shirlington Dog Park during the week of March 12th.  The areas treated with herbicide will have signs posted to notify park users.  There should be no danger to dogs or people inside the dog park. Please be aware that we are requesting everyone not to walk along the outside of the fence at all times anyway to reduce erosion of the stream bank and for your safety.

3.    DC Paws Rescue Group is hosting a pet adoption event at Dogma in the Shirlington Village on March 18, noon to 2:00PM.

4.    Animal Welfare League of Arlington hosts their monthly Low-Cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic March 22, 6:30PM - 8:30PM. https://www.awla.org/events/

5.    Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is hosting a Pet & Animal Care Spring Camp for students, ages 8-12, March 26-30. More info: https://alexandriaanimals.org/event/awla-spring-camp/

6.    Please be advised the Shirlington Dog Park closes 30 minutes after sunset.  Everyone and their dogs MUST be out of the park by then.  The closest dog park that has lights and is open later is Ft Bernard, which is up the hill on Walter Reed Drive.  See the link on our site for details and list of other dog parks that are open later.  www.ShirlingtonDogs.org

February 2018 Newsletter

1.    In conjunction with the Humane Society’s annual World Spay Day, during the month of February and while supplies last, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, AWLA, will offer significantly discounted Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Vouchers to low-income residents of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.  For more info visit their site: https://www.awla.org/services/low-cost-spayneuter/

2.    There have been no new developments within the Four Mile Run Valley Initiative regarding the Shirlington Dog Park since the release of the Dog Park Committee’s report this past fall, but it is best to stay vigilant and continue to let County staff and leadership know how vital the dog park is to you.  For the latest news and to view the various documents go to their site:  www.4MRV.com

3.    As part of the ongoing initiative, county staff is looking at ways to improve the parking situation in the area. I have been advocating for some time that more spaces need to be made available for dog park users, but the county has been very slow to respond.  If you drive to the dog park and have difficulty parking please let the county know and also inform them if you would be willing to pay a small fee if it meant having more spaces available at any given time.  You can email your comments to: des@arlingtonva.us and Scrim@arlingtonva.us

4.    There still might be more snow in the forecast for this winter; as the groundhog did see its shadow.  Remember that it is just as important to pick up the poop when there is snow on the ground and at all times regardless of the weather. 

5.    Please be advised the Shirlington Dog Park closes 30 minutes after sunset.  Everyone and their dogs MUST be out of the park by then.  The closest dog park that has lights and is open later is Ft Bernard, which is up the hill on Walter Reed Drive.  See the link on our site for details and list of other dog parks that are open later. 

December Newsletter

1.  Recent Dog Attacks

Regarding the recent dog attacks in the park, Arlington Animal Control is garnering all the supportive documents to present this case to the commonwealth’s attorney to place restrictions on the owner and his dog.  If you or your dog has been attacked or if you were a witness to an attack please email Animal Control at jtoussaint@awla.org to provide your contact information, time and place of the attack and as much descriptions as you can.  Remember that any dog attack must be reported immediately to them at 703-931-9241.

2.  Dog Park Closed at Dark

The Shirlington Dog Park closes 30 minutes after sunset.  Everyone and their dogs MUST be out of the park by then.  This needs to be enforced for your safety and the well being of the park.  The closest dog park that has lights and is open later is Ft Bernard, which is up the hill on Walter Reed Drive.  See the Resources page for details and list of other dog parks open later.

3.  Plastic bags Needed

We are in need of clean plastic bags such as those your newspaper comes in, for use in picking up dog poop.  Please bring the bags to the park and place in either of the two green mail boxes at either end of the park.  If they are already full, please place in an outer bag and hang on the shed door handle.

4.  Happy Holidays

Wishing you and your pups very happy and safe holidays!

November Newsletter

1.  Dog Park Closed at Dark

With daylight savings ending this weekend the sun will set around 5:00 and earlier as we head toward the winter solstice.  Remember the Shirlington Dog Park closes 30 minutes after sunset.  Everyone and their dogs MUST be out of the park by then.  The closest dog park that is open later is Ft Bernard, which is up the hill on Walter Reed Drive.  It has lights and is open until 9:00 PM.  See the Resources page for details and list of other dog parks open later.

2.  Street Closure Sunday

This Sunday, Nov 5, the 2700 block of S. Oakland Street, which leads to the dog park, will be closed to all traffic from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM to accommodate the Valley Fest event.  Street parking in the area will be very restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call the Emergency Communication Center at 703-558-2222.  For additional event information, visit their website.  Expect large crowds and traffic around the area.  If you do come please be advised that NO food or alcohol is allowed in the dog park at any time.

3.  New Trees   

Two new crape myrtle trees were recently planted in the dog park.  I have placed chicken wire around them to give the trees the best chance to survive.  If possible please try to keep your dogs away from them for now.  They should provide not only shade but a wonderful bloom as well soon.

4.  Rabies     

There was a report recently about rabid raccoons found in the county.  Now is a good time to check to make sure your pets’ vaccinations are up to date.  All dogs entering the dog park MUST have current rabies vaccination tags as well as their dog license tags on them.

Results From Fall Fundraising

Thanks to all who made donations during our Fall fundraising on October 14 and 15.  We beat the goal by almost 50% and raised $4,403.  All monies raised go to purchasing the poop bags and other supplies necessary to maintain the dog park and keep it the wonderful destination for dogs and their humans.  We sold out of the dog park magnets but we will have more available before our next fundraising weekend.  Also thank you to those who helped with the clean-up and a special thanks to James Warmack, Jennifer Agabin and Carlton Willis who were spreading the mulch around the trees and Tina Worden and her son Tommy who led the clean-up effort.  You can say thanks by picking up after your dog as well as picking up trash or other poop every time you visit the park.  Our goal is to make the Shirlington Dog Park as clean as possible to show how dedicated the park users are in wanting to keep it as the best dog park in the area.

Dog Park Committee Report

The Dog Park Committee of the Four Mile Run Initiative Working Group has finalized their report. It is posted on the Project web site.  The committee will present the report at the next Working Group meeting on Monday, September 18, at the Park and Natural Resources Building, 2700 S. Taylor St.  Meetings are from 7:00 to 10:00 PM with public comment time around 9:15.  The main take away from the report is that while there are environmental concerns with the area the dog park is situated on, there are no recommendations to decrease the size or change the configuration of the park.  The recommendations suggested will actually greatly improve the park overall and also help with addressing the environmental impact.    

Welcome to Our New Site

As the official site for the Shirlington Dog Park sponsoring group we hope to provide important information regarding the dog park including upcoming events, park conditions and how you can help keep the dog park as a clean, safe and enjoyable place for you and your dogs.  Check out the various pages and keep coming back as we continue to add more content.  Thank you.  Arf.