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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Thank a Council Member

Click the big red button to send a thank you note to the City Council.

Click the big red button to send a thank you note to the City Council.

We've updated the Take Action Page. Now you can send a thank-you note to the City Manager, Mayor, and each of the City Council members.

Tell them you appreciate them opening the dog park, and urge them to consider some less expensive, neighborhood parks that people can walk to.

Visit the Take Action page to get started.

Dog Park Grand Opening Set for 1:30 p.m., April 2!

The City announced today a dog park grand opening date! Plan to be at the dog park on Sunday, April 2 at 1:30 pm. Bring your dog, your kids, your cat, but come and celebrate with us!

Meet at the dog park, which 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. Click here for a map. Apple Maps doesn't handle the address properly, so plug in 14 Darwin Ave. into your iPhone, then drive past the address into the parking lot.

Bring your dog, wear your TakomaDogs t-shirt (outside your coat if it's cold!), and feel free to bring colorful, parade-worthy paraphernalia and noise makers. Don't have a dog? Still come out and celebrate this new awesome community resource.

Incremental Progress This Past Week

New handicap access ramp.

New handicap access ramp.

This week concrete was poured to finish the handicap access ramps and the benches were installed. Best we can tell the only thing left to complete is fence installation. City staff indicates that "Fence installation was to start Monday."  When we went by Monday morning, there was no one on site, so we will check later this week to see if installation has begun.

Staff also let us know that Montgomery County site inspection to remove tree protection fence and clear the park for opening is scheduled for this Wednesday. After that staff indicate that they have signs to install and minor site work which will be done by next week.

Benches now bolted down.

Benches now bolted down.

That holds out the possibility that we can make the April 2 opening we discussed. We are waiting from word from the City Manager whether this will, in fact, be the opening date.

Check out the rest of the new photos in our Construction Photo Gallery.

Anticipated Opening by April 2

In recent communications with the City, they mentioned that they are anticipating that work will be completed by the end of March. We are hopeful that we can have a grand opening soon thereafter.

We requested that the City consider a grand opening date of Sunday, April 2. Please block it off on your calendars in the hopes that this will be the official date. And please check back with the website to get confirmation on the opening date.

Week 20: Getting Close!

The past two weeks brought additional rock placement and concrete pouring. It appears that the only remaining item if fence installation and a small amount of concrete work so that wheelchairs can get from the parking lot into the park.

Below are a few photos shot this weekend. More photos at the Construction photo gallery.

Benches awaiting installation on the concrete pads, shown as the round circles in the rear of the photo.

Decorative rocks. A bit too small to be much of a play structure for dogs, but provide some visual breakup of the surface.

Stormwater control trench and drain at the top of the park.

The main play area.

City Sprints Toward Completion

Compare this picture:

Shot February 6, 2017.

To this picture:

Shot February 20, 2017.

These were taken about two weeks apart. As you can see, the City's contractor has now installed the crushed stone play surface and about two-thirds of the artificial turf for the hillside. If progress continues at this pace, we would expect completion by the end of March.

The City apparently did not install K9 grass as originally discussed, but instead has installed some other brand. From talking with the contractor, we are led to believe that it might be Pup Grass, but we're not certain. We've asked the City for more information so that we can ensure it's free of heavy metals and safe for dogs to play on.

Also, the crushed stone surface has far more dust than hoped, so it might be a bit dusty for dogs to play on. We know that it is possible to get a crushed stone surface that's low dust, but that material costs more. It's our thought that in order to save money, the City did not specify a low-dust content crushed stone.

The City spent a bunch of extra money on this dog park addressing stormwater runoff from the school, as well as regrading the slope. The other locations TakomaDogs specified would have been substantially cheaper to develop. The City believed, however, that this location would be quicker to develop since it was entirely City ownership. That proved to be an incorrect assumption. Despite this error, we are nonetheless happy to see this proceeding forward.

We've asked City staff to pin down a new grand opening date. We will post that here when we have it. In the meantime, please check out the Construction Photo Gallery with the latest photos of the work.