A HUGE thank you to Hill Hounds member Erica Wilkins for volunteering to be the Kingsman Dog Park Maintenance Coordinator. And also a big thank you to the folks who have stepped up to be Maintenance Volunteers! Unfortunately, only four people have volunteered to help out with maintenance so far. So we're asking for your help.
If you've been using and enjoying Kingsman Dog Park, please consider volunteering. It's a volunteer commitment of only about 2 hours a month but will be a huge help.
If we get five more maintenance volunteers, each person will be responsible for:
Background on Why Hill Hounds is Responsible for Park Maintenance:
If you are using Kingsman Dog Park, PLEASE consider volunteering. If you are one of the volunteers locking and unlocking the park, PLEASE consider getting further involved. The Hill Hounds Steering Committee (once 7 people, currently 5) has spent hours upon hours upon hours getting Kingsman Dog Park approved, raising money for park amenities and supplies and working with the Department of Parks and Recreation to make sure it was designed well for our community. Now that the park is open, there are even more responsibilities and we need others to step up.
See the information below, which we posted a couple of weeks ago. Three people signed up as maintenance volunteers (thanks!) but that won't cut it. We need more people to get more involved. The most important volunteer position to fill is Dog Park Maintenance Coordinator.
While Kingsman Dog Park is a city park, dog park partner groups are expected to take on a lot of responsibility. This culture may change in the future, but when leaders in the DC dog owner community were negotiating the terms of the laws and budget to create official DC dog parks in 2007, they were willing to agree to a lot of responsibility for the parks in order to get the rules passed. That was because it took many years of advocacy by DC dog owners to even get to the point of the city government considering laws and a budget for official dog parks. And when members of the Hill Hounds Steering Committee applied for Kingsman Dog Park in early 2008, we knew that once the park was built, the awesome dog owners of the neighborhood (that's you!) would step up to help out.
Park Maintenance Volunteers and Park Maintenance Coordinator- While the Department of Parks and Recreation picks up the trash from the park and will do major repairs like resurfacing, Hill Hounds is responsible for the rest of the day-to-day park maintenance. The maintenance supplies are kept in the locked plastic chest at the park.
The Coordinator will:
The Volunteers will:
Hill Hounds Secretary- The Hill Hounds Steering Committee needs an organized individual to join as Secretary. The Secretary's main duty will be fulfilling our reporting requirements to DPR.
Good news! We've heard back from the Department of Parks and Recreation that, weather permitting, the construction company will be back at Kingsman Dog Park next week finishing the surface and fixing other issues.
Apparently the delay was that the supplier from which the construction company purchases asphalt needs a certain amount to be ordered before it goes into production.
The repairs/continued construction will include:
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