Restore the use of Livingston park to the whole community

Restore the use of Livingston park to the whole community

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P E T I T I O N

Whereas, Chevy Chase Dog Park, Inc., is a District of Columbia 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation recognized as a Dog Park Partner by the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (the “Department”) pursuant to a Dog Park Partner Cooperative Agreement dated June 16, 2011;

Whereas, Chevy Chase Dog Park, Inc. was created to represent residents of the Friendship Heights / Chevy Chase neighborhood who are committed to the continued use of Chevy Chase Park located at 4101 Livingston Street, N.W. (the “Park”) as a neighborhood facility that benefits all parts of our community;

Whereas, for almost ten years, members of our community have used the non-ballpark areas of the Park as a place to congregate, socialize and exercise their dogs during the hours of 6:30 am – 8:30am.  Such use was based on an agreement among multiple Park user stakeholders;

Whereas, when the members of our neighborhood community use the Park during the early morning hours, the Park is virtually empty;

Whereas, during that period, the members of Chevy Chase Dog Park, Inc. have acted responsibly and in a manner that respects city property and other users of the Park, including through the establishment, distribution and enforcement of use guidelines to its members, engaging in daily upkeep activities including cleaning up after their dogs, engaging in periodic field and park clean-up and maintenance activities, and maintaining a supply of bags in multiple locations at the Park;

Whereas, there is a longstanding neighborhood tradition of dogs and dog owners gathering in the early morning hours in the Park;

Whereas, dog owners do not have adequate areas in the District to exercise and socialize their dogs, and the small enclosed dog area at the Park is inadequate in size to serve both the population of dogs in the neighborhood and their need for exercise;

Whereas, parks in the District of Columbia are intended to serve the multiple recreational needs of its citizens of all demographics;

Whereas, over the past decade, the Park has become not only a place for dogs to exercise and socialize, but also a gathering place for dog owners who, through such gatherings, have formed strong bonds of neighborhood and fellowship;

Whereas, many who bring their dogs to the Park are individuals who generally are at home for various reasons including age, family responsibilities, disability or working from home, and the time at the Park serves as an important opportunity for social interaction;

Whereas, over the almost ten-year period during which dogs have used the Park, immediate good faith remedial action has been taken to address any issues of concern;

Whereas, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E has, on multiple occasions, endorsed the use of the Park by dogs and dog owners in the neighborhood, subject to specified terms and conditions which have been honored; and

Whereas, members of our neighborhood community desire to continue to be able to use the Park for dog exercise in a manner that is consistent with Department requirements and which serve the purposes of parks in the District of Columbia to provide a place for community recreation for all D.C. residents;

Therefore be it resolved that the following members of Chevy Chase Dog Park, Inc., hereby respectively request and petition the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation and his designees to work cooperatively with our leadership to develop an arrangement whereby during the hours of 6:30 am – 8:30 am daily, the Park may continue to be used for dogs to exercise and their owners to socialize, consistent with longstanding understandings between Chevy Chase Dog Park, Inc., our neighborhood community, the Department, the ANC, and our City Council representatives.

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