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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Alert: Public Planning Meeting Set for Tuesday, May 3

As many of you have already heard, Arlington County recently purchased the Ban-Ban Autos property at the corner of 13th and Hartford streets. The county now owns the block of land bordered by 13th, Herndon and Hartford streets.

The County has tacitly allowed us to use the fenced-in area as a dog park. The next step toward making our dog park an official Community Canine Area is to work with the County to develop a plan for the site.

The Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources is holding the first public planning meeting to discuss the design for the 13th Street dog park, the design of a canopy for the Clarendon Metro station escalators and “Central Park,” i.e., the park located alongside the Clarendon Metro.

The meeting will be held at the DHS Building, 3033 Wilson Blvd., 7th floor, on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Photo of the Moment

Harley and Maizie at the park.
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What Is Clarendon Dogs?

We are the nonprofit organization of Arlington dog owners that is working with the county to have our dog park made into an official Community Canine Area (CCA). Our vision is for a mixed-use park with plantings for all Arlingtonians to enjoy as well a sizable off-leash area for dogs to exercise and socialize. We need your help. Don’t just stand there throwing balls; get involved with us. We need people with a variety of skills and interests, such as:

  • Accounting
  • Legal
  • Event Planning
  • Public Relations/Newsletter/Web
  • Volunteer Coordination

For information about volunteering, contact us at ClarendonDogs@yahoo.com.

Finally, no matter what your level of involvement, please be a good neighbor and observe park rules. Help keep the park tidy and be sure to keep your dog from barking.

Help Your Dog Park

The Clarendon Dog Park is your dog park--at least unofficially and at least for now. We need your help to make the park an official Community Canine Area (CCA) and to develop its facilities into those that we all want. Here are some of the things that you can do:

  1. Stay Informed. Read the blog regulary and join the Mailing List to keep informed of issues and upcoming events regarding the dog park.
  2. Get Involved. We are forming a number of task forces to educate the community and raise awareness, to work with and lobby county government and community organizations, to maintain and improve the park, and to raise the funds needed for all of these activities. Join a task force and stay involved in it.
  3. Go Public. Let others in the community know about the dog park and issues it faces. Attend community events with your well-behaved canine companion wearing a Clarendon Dogs T-Shirt or Bandana (coming soon).
  4. Be Responsive. Important Alerts and Calls for Action will be posted on the blog and emailed to those who have joined the Mailing List. Respond to as many of these as possible with letters/emails/phone calls, by attending important meetings, or by following other actions prescribed in the alert.
  5. Be a Good Neighbor. We need as much neighborhood support as we can possibly get, and we most definitely need to do everything possible to minimize any antagonism from immediate neighbors. PLEASE follow all the rules of the dog park, chat with interested neighbors, follow parking regulations and traffic laws, and offer a helping hand where possible.

See you at the park.

Gone to the Blogs

Welcome to the offical blog of Clarendon Dogs. In the future, check here for news and information about:
  • Goings-on at the dog park
  • Upcoming County and community meetings where the park needs your voice and support
  • Upcoming events of interest

Also look for photo's, stories, comments, and other amusements.

Please be patient as we get house-broken.

- woof