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Bio-retention Area of Bruce Monroe Site to Remain Closed to Dogs

November 3, 2015
The area at Bruce Monroe Park closed to dogs recently.

The area at Bruce Monroe Park closed to dogs recently.

In early October, the fenced in area on the Bruce Monroe Site near the community garden was locked and closed to dog owners who’d been using the area as a dog run. Since that event, ANC Commissioner Rashida Brown has been working with the Department of Parks and Recreation and Ward 1 Councilmember Nadeau to learn more about the decision to close the area.

Over the weekend, Commissioner Brown released information to provide some background on why the area was closed.

What follows is Commissioner Brown’s statement:

I’m providing clarity on some concerns from the community that came to the attention of Council Member Nadeau and I regarding the dog run at the Bruce Monroe park. City officials confirmed that the fenced in area on the southwest end of the park is a bio-retention site that is used as a storm water run off for the community garden and must be not be used as a dog run. I’m sharing a handout that the Department of Parks and Recreation developed providing more background about the site.

It indicates that “foot traffic (by both humans and dogs) degrades the function of bio-retention areas by compacting the layers of soil that serves to absorb storm water, eventually leading to erosion issues and reduced function of the bio-retention area.” Furthermore, dog waste transferring over to the garden area creates transmittable diseases and is hazardous to both humans and pets.

Health and safety are paramount and must come first. Therefore, the padlock and “no dogs allowed” sign on the gate around the bio-retention site must not be removed. Trespassing laws also apply to this area. The attached handout also provides details and codes on dog park rules and regulations.

Council Member Nadeau’s staff and I are working with the dog owner network to help identify a feasible space and connect them with resources to start an official dog park in the neighborhood. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Elizabeth Horn, Council Member Nadeau’s Constituent Services Specialist, if you have any questions.

Signs of Halloween Sprouting Up Around Park View

October 27, 2015

I’ve been seeing a number of houses decorated for Halloween this year around the neighborhood. Here are two from the 600 block of Quebec Place.



The Annual Cyclocross Race at the Soldiers’ Home is October 24-25th

October 22, 2015

CROSS LOGO WITH CURVE TEXTAccording to what I was able to find on the DC Cyclocross page, the annual DCCX is scheduled for this weekend at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (entrance at the Upshur Street gate). The races are always fun to watch and a great way to spend a fall afternoon. If you are planning to go you can see the schedule of events here.

If you aren’t familiar with cyclocross, the following introduction is from their Website:

DCCX is the only cyclocross race in the nation’s capital, and over its eight-year run has grown into one of the largest races on the East Coast. Last year the race added two huge changes: it went from one day to a full weekend of racing, and it added CrossHairs as a sponsor. CrossHairs, which runs the popular Svenness website, joined DCMTB as one of the two clubs putting on the race. The race was run one direction on Saturday, and the opposite way on Sunday.

The year, the races are scheduled for Oct. 24th and 25th.

To give you an idea of what the races are like, below are some photos from previous years.

2011 DC Cyclocross

2011 DC Cyclocross

2011 DC Cyclocross

Where do you take your dog to walk, run, socialized with other dogs, and just have a good time being a dog?

October 13, 2015
The area at Bruce Monroe Park closed to dogs recently.

The area at Bruce Monroe Park closed to dogs recently.

Last week, dogs were barred from the fenced in area of Bruce Monroe Park near the community garden and the gates were locked.  According to the Department of Parks and Recreation, the area was chained off because it was not a legitimate dog park and is, instead, officially designated as a stormwater management area for the community garden. Borderstan has a good overview of the story and members of the community who want access restored have started a Facebook page called “Save The Bruce Monroe Community Park Dog Run.”

ANC 1A10 Commissioner Rashida Brown is working to schedule a community meeting to sort this out, and I certainly support her efforts. While the short term outcome may indeed be to restore access to the fenced in area, that won’t solve the problem in the long-term.

This all leads me to ask, whether at Bruce Monroe Park or elsewhere — Where do you take your dog to walk, run, socialized with other dogs, and just have a good time being a dog? I’ve seen dogs playing at Wangari Gardens, at the triangle park at Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place, and at the unofficial dog park at 11th Street and Park Road. However, with no official dog parks in the northeastern corner of Ward 1, what spaces have you found that provide a safe environment for your dog to exercise and play with other dogs?


Wangari Gardens Fall Festival – October 18, 2015 from 2 to 6 PM!

October 6, 2015

From the Wangari Gardens Web site:

There’s a nip in the air, the leaves are turning, and it’s to get your last harvest in before winter!  To celebrate the end of the season, we are having a fall festival at wangari gardens, park place and kenyon street NW .   RSVP here.

The festival will feature:

  • Food and games for kids including a moonbounce and face painting!
  • Music by local 20s jazz band, the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers!
  • Gardening demonstrations
  • Recognition and prizes for gardeners this season
  • Information about becoming a plot holder at wangari and how to get a free private plot
  • And more!

Come out and invite all your friends!

Wangari Fall Festival

Fall Fun Fest/Oktoberfest is This Sunday at the Soldiers’ Home

September 29, 2015

If you’re around this Sunday, October 4th, the Friends of the Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home are hosting their annual antique car show, fall fun fest, and Oktoberfest on the grounds of the home. Its a great way to embrace October and enjoy fall. See the flyer below for details or visit the Friends of the Soldiers Home Web site.

Oktoberfest flyer final

Film Short “The Wait” Screening Tonight as Part of DC Shorts Film Festival.

September 11, 2015

This is cool. You may remember that local artist Nekisha Durrett painted a new mural at Mothership this past year, which was completed shortly before the restaurant closed. In conjunction with the mural was a documentary by Lorie Shaull which documented the creation of the mural, explores gentrification, and features the surrounding Park View neighborhood to boot.  This past spring, Lorie Shaull entered her film The Wait: A Mural by Nekisha Durrett into the DC Shorts Film Festival 2015.

The film was selected and will screen today, September 11th, at 9:30 p.m. at Landmark E Street Cinemas as one of the films in Showcase6. It will screen again on September 13 at 4:30 p.m. and September 16th at 500 p.m. You can learn more about the DC Shorts Film Festival here.

Below is The Wait for those who want to watch it again.


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