Reminder: Sign Up for 4th of July Parade (Meet at 9:30)

Don't forget TakomaDogs has a float in this year's Takoma Park 4th of July Parade to celebrate the opening of the dog park and we want YOU to join us.

We're meeting on South Manor Circle near the intersection of South Manor Circle & Carroll Avenue. We're assembling at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 parade start on July 4.

So we can get an estimate of how many people are walking with us, please sign up here or in the form, below.

Weather for the parade should be seasonable for this time of year.  Please bring a bottle of water for you and your pooch. We'll try to tweet more info on the weather as we get closer, so follow the TakomaDogs Twitter feed.

We want everyone to come out and celebrate the opening of the dog park with us whether you have a dog or not. Bring your kids, your friends, your parents, or anyone else. Never walked in the parade, now's your chance! You do NOT need a dog to walk with us.

This year we'll be joined by candidate for Ward 2 City Council Joe Edgell. Take the opportunity to share your thoughts on Ward 2 issues with Joe.

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Still Looking for Grant Writer – June 30 Deadline Approaching

Please help bring water to the dog park!

Please help bring water to the dog park!

We mentioned on May 20 that we needed a grant writer for the PetSafe Brand grant to help us provide water at the dog park. But no one volunteered.

The deadline is fast approaching on June 30, so if you can help out, please contact us at

Here's the original post with a bit more info.

Grant Writer Needed

If you fancy yourself to be  a good, persuasive writer, we need someone to help with a grant application. We're seeking funding to install shade in the dog park and/or a water supply for the dogs. This year, PetSafe Brand will award 25 grants totaling $275,000 to help cities build new dog parks and provide makeovers or maintenance for existing parks. We think our shade and water projects make good candidates.

Please email if you would like to volunteer to write this grant. Grant application deadline is June 30, 2017, but we would like to get our application in much sooner.

Mark Your Calendars for July 4 & Come Walk

Can you guess what we're working on for this year's 4th of July Parade float?

TakomaDogs is once again walking in the Takoma Park 4th of July Parade, and we need you!

Bring your dog, your kids, your parents, and anyone else and join us at 9:45 a.m. on July 4, 2017 for the 10:00 a.m. start. In past years, TakomaDogs met on Manor Circle near the intersection of South Manor Circle and Carroll Avenue.

Please sign up here to join us in the parade.

We're currently constructing this year's super-secret float (see photo). Last year's float took 2nd price in the parade and we hope this year's float will be in contention again. Float construction is again being led by Dr. Barbara Muhlbacher, TakomaDogs board member. If you would like to help her with the float, please email her at

When you come to the parade, don't forget to wear your TakomaDogs t-shirt. If you do not have one, click this link to buy one now. We will also bring a few shirts that you can purchase at the parade, but it would be helpful if you would use the sign up form linked below and let us know what size you want. There are only limited numbers of shirts left, so get your collector's item now to show your support for the Takoma Park dog park.

Llama Mediation

The pro- and anti-llama camps were out in force today at Historic Takoma in Takoma Park, to wrestle over whether llamas are appropriate in the dog park.

Mayor Kate Stewart, the star of the Llama mediation session was a great sport when she figured out that it was, in fact, an April Fool's joke. Be wary any time something happens on April 1, Kate!

Here are a few photos of the session:

Don't Forget: Dog Park Opens Sunday at 1:30 p.m.!

The dog park opening celebration kicks off Sunday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. Bring your dog, wear your TakomaDogs t-shirt (outside your coat if it's cold!), and feel free to bring colorful paraphernalia. Don't have a dog? Still come out and celebrate this awesome new community resource.

There will be veterinarians to chat with, doggie schwag to covet, and you can even pick up your very own Support the Dog Park t-shirt, if you do not have one. After all the speeches, the park will be open for your and fido's enjoyment, so please join us!

Dog park location. Click map for a larger map.

Dog park location. Click map for a larger map.

The dog park is located at the top of Takoma-Piney Branch Park at the end of the parking lot on Darwin Avenue. On Google Maps the address comes out at 198 Darwin Ave. Apple Maps doesn't yet handle the address properly, so type 14 Darwin Ave. into your iPhone, then walk past the address into the parking lot.

Parking is extremely limited, so we encourage you to walk to the park or park behind the Community Center in the Community Center parking lot near the library. We cannot guarantee that there will be parking at the dog park.

We've reported the map issue to Apple and hope they will make their correction soon. Click the map at the right to load a larger map from Google.

Elimination of the Low Activity/Small Dog Area

TakomaDogs Chief Designer, architect Eric Saul, originally designed the dog park with a low activity/small dog area. The area was to be used by older larger dogs who didn't really want to rough house, and small dogs that were not comfortable playing with the big dogs.

Unfortunately the TakomaDogs proposal for a second area did not survive city review.....

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