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Devoted to Takoma Park dogs & dog park creation
Devoted to Takoma Park dogs & dog park creation

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Llamas in the dog park?
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Support the Takoma Park Dog Park t-shirts are now available at our website!
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TakomaDogs met this week with City staff to discuss dog park design and schedule. TakomaDogs' Chief Designer Eric Saul presented his latest design for the Heffner Park/Takoma-Piney Branch site.  Read more at our website....
https://takomadogs.squarespace.com/blog/2014/7/3/city-staff-positive-about-dog-park-design
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Our new dog park concept design is out!  Visit our website to see the details.
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About 150 people worked for four hours on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday clearing brush, cutting invasive vines, and cutting-up downed branches at the site of Takoma Park's first planned dog park. The effort, planned by Howard Kohn, Annie Mozer, and Jay Keller as part of the "Day of Service," Takoma Park came out in force to support the proposed dog park.

TakomaDogs is extremely grateful for this incredible show of community support. We made enormous progress. The brush clearing is the start of an incredible effort in Takoma Park that will culminate in creation of Takoma Park's first dog park. Hopefully the first of several.

You can view photos of the brush cleaning extravaganza at our website.

Anyone wanting to encourage the City Council to adequately fund completion of the dog park should visit our recent post on the issue.
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Dog parks tend to be quiet, with little barking. Take a view of the Arlington, Virginia dog park to see for yourself!
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Now is the time to take action and email the Takoma Park City Council and City Manager asking them to support the dog park in the upcoming City budget. There will be many pressures from many sides, and it’s possible the dog park could get crowded out in that discussion. Take action and prevent that from happening.

Visit the link to our website and take action now!
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We just found out that the City Council is to discuss the dog park at this Monday's City Council meeting.  According to the  staff update provided to Council, City staff believe that most of TakomaDogs' suggested locations have problems and are deciding not to pursue them. The one location they are pursuing has, unfortunately, the highest development cost.

Our concern, of course, is that if the City disregards the low-cost locations and instead pursues the most expensive location, when the development costs of that location are estimated, it will stop the dog park effort in its tracks.  This is a similar approach that was used to kill the dog park effort that last time it was presented to City Council a number of years ago.  The then City Manager presented it in such a way that the plan seemed unworkable.   We do not want this to happen again.

Our concern is bolstered by the fact that no one on City staff notified TakomaDogs that the item would be on the agenda. 

We encourage you to write your Council member and urge her or him to support creation of a dog park at the Takoma-Piney Branch Park Terrace location. The Terrace was our top choice, has the best shade for dogs, and has the lowest development costs of any location.  Council contact information is below: 

Mayor Bruce Williams:  brucew@takomagov.org
Ward 1 Council Member Seth Grimes:  sethg@takomagov.org
Ward 2 Council Member Tim Male:  timm@takomagov.org
Ward 3 Council Member Kay Daniels Cohen:   kaydc@takomagov.org
Ward 4 Council Member Terry Seamens:  terrys@takomagov.org
Ward 5 Council Member Jarrett Smith:  jarretts@takomagov.org
Ward 6 Council Member Fred Schultz:  freds@takomagov.org
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