The City recently began site-clearing work in anticipation of beginning dog park construction. Several sick or dying trees were removed, fallen trunks carried away, stumps dug out and removed, and additional brush clearing took place, to prepare the site for regrading.
The City is currently waiting for permission from the County and the School District. The parking lot and a thin strip of unpaved ground that sits between the lot and the dog park is owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC). MNCPPC permission is required to create an entrance to the dog park.
Additionally, there is currently a large quantity of stormwater runoff from the tennis courts that sit above the dog park. This rain water could erode the dog park if it's not properly integrated into the design. The City plans to control this stormwater from the Montgomery County Public Schools property, but needs their permission to do so.
According the Daryl Braithwaite, Takoma Park Public Works Director:
Suzanne Ludlow, the City Manager notes, that despite the work discussed, above, it remains the City's plan "to open a dog park in calendar year 2015."