Simpson Stadium Dog Park Group

Simpson Stadium Dog Park Group Official page for the Simpson Stadium Dog Park Group (SPDOG)! Join the listserv at: [email protected] We are dog owners who use Simpson Park in Del Ray seeking ways to partner with business, community, and the city to improve the park and the quality life for our dogs.
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We welcome your active engagement, volunteerism, ideas, and help! Join the listserv at: [email protected]

Operating as usual

01/15/2021

For those tracking the status of the Simpson Stadium Dog Park Renovation Project. Please see below email we received from Beth from RPCA:

Good evening All,

Happy New Year. I hope you are all well and ready for better things in 2021!

The final comment period closed for the dog park renovation plans and we are now moving into construction solicitation. There are a few modifications requested on the plans to replace the sugar maples with a locally native tree and include stronger tree guards on the proposed trees in the dog park. We’re also going to change the gates from their current type to the gates at the dog park across the street.

I will keep you posted on the progress to get this through procurement. We are moving to put the funding into a requisition as soon as we can. We are experiencing some delays in procurement as our Purchasing Department is balancing regular work with procuring necessary supplies and equipment for the pandemic crisis. Please know that this is still a priority for RPCA and we are working to move this to construction. Once I have a firm solicitation schedule from Procurement, I can share more information on next steps.

Thank you all for your commitment to this project!
Best,
Beth
Bethany Znidersic
Principal Planner
City of Alexandria, Virginia
Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities
Division of Park Planning, Capital Development & Waterfront
1108 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.5492 (office)

City RCPA will have Long Fence contractors fixing the loose gate latches today. Safety issue as gates do not close prope...
12/04/2020

City RCPA will have Long Fence contractors fixing the loose gate latches today.

Safety issue as gates do not close properly. Hopefully - been over a year - Long Fence will get it right!

Thank you Beth!

Also, RPCA East Side Parks Manager Dan Roush has left the City, and we are looking forward to knowing our new POC....wish you well Dan, and thank you for all your help!!!

https://www.facebook.com/RPCAAlexandriaVA

Beautiful fall day for a scrum n run @ the DP!
11/14/2020

Beautiful fall day for a scrum n run @ the DP!

Thank you Northern Virginia Magazine for naming us one of the best dog parks in Northern Virginia!
10/22/2020
10 Best Dog Parks in Northern Virginia 2020

Thank you Northern Virginia Magazine for naming us one of the best dog parks in Northern Virginia!

With winter around the corner, let your pooch off the leash for some quality playtime outdoors.

07/19/2020
Boston 25 News

Hot days, hot paws, hot dogs

Be safe out there!

When it feels like 87 degrees, the asphalt feels like 143 degrees for your dogs' paws. Here are some safety tips for you and your 🐶🐕🐩

Hello DP friends, Below is the latest information from the city regarding renovation plans. This information along with ...
07/13/2020
Simpson Park Renovation Projects

Hello DP friends,

Below is the latest information from the city regarding renovation plans. This information along with park design options can be found on the Alexandria Parks & Recreation page - https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=91885

"The City is still open and the project team members for the Dog Park Renovation are working remotely. The project schedule has not changed as we are able to do our work away from our desks, including the regulatory review thanks to the City’s new APEX system. Below is the update that we are posting to the website. Please let me know if you have any questions. Once Matt has identified solutions to the 60% review comments, we will reach back out to get feedback from you.

March Update

The 60% design plans were reviewed by various City departments in March for the first Grading Plan submission. Comments were compiled and transmitted to the design team on March 26. The team is reviewing the comments and identifying solutions for issues raised in the comments. In compliance with the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, staff will postpone the March/April community meeting and investigate options for receiving digital feedback on the plan revisions. "

Please feel free to contact the City with any comments you may have. We appreciate your involvement in helping our park be the best it can be for our beloved Dogs!

Simpson Park Dog Owners Group (SPDOG)

Simpson Park Playground and Passive Lawn RenovationLocation 421 Monroe Avenue Project Playground renovation and improvements to the adjacent passive lawn Funding Capital Improvement Program, Playground Renovation Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Status Design

06/25/2020

Water is on!!!!

06/22/2020

Water update: We've received several questions about when the water will be turned back on in the park. We heard from the City this morning that all water fountains and bowls are turned off throughout the City as part of COVID-19 restrictions. The Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA has not received authorization to turn the fountain back on, but will do so as soon as they are given the all clear. For the time being, please continue to provide water for your pups. Thanks for your patience!

06/12/2020

THE. PARK. IS. OPEN!!!!

Can't wait to see everyone again! To make dog parks a safe and healthy place for everyone, the City of Alexandria code l...
06/12/2020
Dog Parks Reopening: An Etiquette Guide

Can't wait to see everyone again! To make dog parks a safe and healthy place for everyone, the City of Alexandria code lists the following rules for all city dog parks on their website:

• Dogs must be attended at all times

• Only three dogs per person in these areas

• Dogs must be 4 months or older

• Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination

• Dogs must be licensed

• No female dogs in season

• Owners must clean up feces

How to ensure an enjoyable experience now that dog parks are reopening.

We are communicating with the city to get the locks taken off the dog park gates tomorrow! We’re not yet sure of specifi...
06/11/2020

We are communicating with the city to get the locks taken off the dog park gates tomorrow! We’re not yet sure of specific time the park will open. As we move into the next phase, we just want to encourage you to be mindful of the readjustment period for both ourselves and our dogs. The dog park’s well being has always been a community effort, and now we need the community more than ever to show responsibility towards the park, the dogs, and one another. Please approach every situation with caution and compassion! See below the current guidelines used by dog parks in the area:

"Park visitors are asked to adhere to the physical distancing and small group guidelines – keep at least six feet of distance from others and groups should not exceed 10 people. Face masks in public are recommended where proper distancing is not possible. Don’t use parks if you are sick or recently exposed to COVID-19."

Dear DP Friends: I have two used but nice and clean dog crates to give away.Sizes Medium (30")  and XL (48").I live near...
04/28/2020

Dear DP Friends:

I have two used but nice and clean dog crates to give away.

Sizes Medium (30") and XL (48").

I live near the DP and you can pick up curb side on DeWitt Ave behind CVS.

Let me know if you are interested.

Thanx

Petey

Hello DP friends: Hope all is well and you can share what you are up to with your pooch! Stay safe and sane!!
04/19/2020

Hello DP friends: Hope all is well and you can share what you are up to with your pooch! Stay safe and sane!!

This may not come as a surprise, but the city has closed all dog parks because of....well you know.  Please see link bel...
03/21/2020
City of Alexandria and ACPS Close Recreation Centers, Playgrounds, Fenced Play Areas; Parks and Trails Still Open

This may not come as a surprise, but the city has closed all dog parks because of....well you know. Please see link below. It's important that everyone have that knowledge in order to make the most responsible choices for themselves, their dawgs, and the community.

To encourage social distancing and slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) have closed the following public play spaces until further notice:

If you are looking for ideas on how to entertain yourself over the next couple of weeks...remember that your dog is will...
03/15/2020
SpiritDog Training

If you are looking for ideas on how to entertain yourself over the next couple of weeks...remember that your dog is willing and waiting! Learn some new things and build the bond. This site is offering a a daily game.

Alright guys - let's get started with our Daily Training Games series!
Here is the first day for you. It has the option to subscribe in the post so that you will get a notification every day when a new game has been posted, to make sure you don't miss any.

It would mean the world to me if you shared this, so that as many dogs and their people as possible can have some fun playing during these times :)

So, new fence entrance and the gates still don’t closeCity parks has been trying w contractor to get it right Still not ...
03/07/2020

So, new fence entrance and the gates still don’t close

City parks has been trying w contractor to get it right

Still not right

Suggestions?

Cold, crisp and lots of running dogs
02/15/2020

Cold, crisp and lots of running dogs

02/06/2020

This morning Boston Terrier Petey was chilling and sitting at the DP next to me when suddenly a dog stalked up and attacked him from behind without warning or provocation. I was shocked but acted quickly to tackle the dog off Pete.

As I checked Petey for any wounds, I told the dog handler to control her dogs. Though she was apologetic; she had 4 dogs with her. They are regulars and I know two are hers; but she may have been watching the other dogs for friends.

But the bottom line is, when your dog attacks, it’s too late to “get to know your dog”.

Bottom line: if you bring dogs, you must have control of them.

Petey is 9 years old and very chill, many of you know him. He did nothing to precipitate this attack, and fortunately I was standing within 6 ft of him to get the dog off him.

As I thought of this, herewith are a few things to consider to keep the DP safe.

1. Know the dogs you bring to the DP. If you are dog-sitting. Ask yourself, does the dog listen to you? Can you control it with commands and are you physically capable to control the dog if things get out of hand?

2. There is a posted limit of 3 dogs/handler, but if you bring more than one, and they get out of control at the same time, can you control the situation? Today, the woman had 4 dogs and while she was preparing to leave with the other 3 by the gate, the one attacked in the middle of the DP.

3. Along these lines, if you insist on bringing in children – think about your ability to watch the children and dog(s).

4. Report attacks and dangerous dogs to Animal Control (703) 746 4774.

[email protected]

They can file a report and track incidents in case there are repeat offenders.

5. The DP is not a place to experiment with a dog’s behavior. Whether rescued or pure bred, a qualified dog trainer, behavior specialist, or dog expert can help provide you and your dogs excellent training and recommendations (Your Dogs Best Friends and Wholistic Hound – two well-known and qualified dog experts and our own DP park sponsors come to mind)

6. Be actively and consciously AWARE and CLOSE to your dog. Please put down the phone, the book, and the lunch, and actively look after your dog even while chatting with others. This awareness extends to watching your dog’s behavior as well as monitoring any #2s that you will pick up to keep the park healthy and clean.

I am thankful that I was nearby Petey when this occurred, and I hope the woman resolves the issues with that dog, but let’s all help each other keep the DP a great place to visit with awesome people and pooches alike.

Thx

P

01/13/2020

We’re always in need of clean plastic bags! Feel free to leave extra shopping bags in the bin at the entryway.💩💩

01/12/2020

70 degrees
Release the Hounds!

Even in the cold, the pups need to stay hydrated. Anyone is encouraged to bring reusable containers while the park’s wat...
12/20/2019

Even in the cold, the pups need to stay hydrated. Anyone is encouraged to bring reusable containers while the park’s water is shut off for the winter. I have been swapping out a couple of 5-gallon jugs. Anyone is welcome to take one home and fill it up (especially this weekend as I’m out of town). Happy H20lidays!

-Mike

The look Benjamin gives when he’s just finished peeing on the water tank.
12/05/2019

The look Benjamin gives when he’s just finished peeing on the water tank.

12/05/2019
BarkBox

Got 99 problems, but my dog ain’t one...

"If you got holiday problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems BUT MY DOG AIN'T ONE!" 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

11/12/2019

Sunday: typical - pup parents working n cleaning- pups doing what they do best!

New crushed stone in DP today

God Bless our Vets - —veterinarians too!

Photos from Simpson Stadium Dog Park Group's post
11/09/2019

Photos from Simpson Stadium Dog Park Group's post

11/09/2019

Thank you to the over a dozen volunteers who took the time this morning to pick up poop, trash, rake leaves, move rocks, fill in holes, clean benches, sweep the entrance and fountain early on a Saturday morning, all to make OUR park a better place for OUR community! A big “paws up!” to the volunteers who donated tools, gloves, and coffee and goodies.

Simpson Stadium Dog Park Group
11/06/2019

Simpson Stadium Dog Park Group

11/06/2019

PLEASE HELP! Saturday, November 9, 9-11 a.m.
Many of you have participated before in the Dog Park Cleanup, and its that time again.
Please join old and new friends and fellow dog owners on the 9th to help meet our city Parknership requirement to give the park a facelift. Dogs welcome (but please keep an eye on them). Coffee and donuts for humans. Bring gloves. And if you can: wheel barrels, heavy garden rakes and regular rakes, diluted spray bottle of bleach. Activities: restock poop bags through out park, clean dog bowls and fountain, sweep entry way, rake up rocks, fill in dug holes, trash/poop pick up and More!

This guy — Beezer- was running free on Rt One Glebe Rd. He is safe. called # on coller - straight to voicemail Look fami...
10/26/2019

This guy — Beezer- was running free on Rt One Glebe Rd. He is safe. called # on coller - straight to voicemail
Look familiar to anyone?

Nice night for a dustbowl dust up
10/11/2019

Nice night for a dustbowl dust up

09/28/2019
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Dear Simpson Dog Park Friends:

Below is the latest information from the City regarding their renovation plans.

We agree that it has been a very long and drawn out process, and we need action and implementation.

Feel free to contact the City to express any comments you may have.

Stay involved and active in helping Simpson Dog Park reach its full potential for the health and safety of our Dogs!

Simpson Park Dog Owners Group (SPDOG)

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Dear SPDOG members,

Simpson Dog Park Update:

September 25, 2019

There has not been a substantial change to the overall schedule to implement the dog park renovations.

The City continues to refine the plans based on the final concept for the Simpson Dog Park improvements to ensure alignment with the $576,000 budget, which includes City and SPDOG funding.

The City will facilitate community engagement to complete the design and engineering in early 2020.

Community engagement is anticipated to occur for three to six months. Procurement for construction services will begin in the summer of 2020 continuing for an anticipated six to nine months.

Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2021 with project completion anticipated by late fall 2021.

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities (RPCA) will provide monthly updates to the Park & Recreation Commission in the Park Planning Division Report, on the Park Planning Current Projects web page, and through email to the SPDOG stakeholder group by the RPCA Project Manager, Bethany Znidersic, Principal Planner.

Please do not hesitate to contact Beth or me for additional information.

Jack


Jack Browand, Division Chief
Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
Park Planning, Capital Development & Waterfront
1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria VA 22314
703.746.5504 (O)
202.497.7452 (C)
www.alexandriava.gov/Recreation
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Wanna do your share to help the DP?City RPCA gave us hose to water the DP trees (thx Dan!)Give em a drink while u watch ...
09/07/2019

Wanna do your share to help the DP?

City RPCA gave us hose to water the DP trees (thx Dan!)

Give em a drink while u watch ur pup!

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A few years back, when the City did not have enough money for improvements to the park including adding lights, Johnson worked with local artists and designed a T-shirt to raise money. Sales from the T-shirts, printed with the words “My dog digs Del Ray” on them, raised $3,000 for the project. Seeing the success of these T-shirts, Johnson decided to create more products as part of her PawsGo brand. Working with other local artists and DC Shirt and Print, she created a line of clever, dog themed T-shirts and hoodies as well as coasters, dog toys, notecards and tote bags (there are even cat coasters for those who prefer felines). She also developed a line of T-shirts where the profits are donated to various dog rescue organizations including Lu's Labs, The Pet Rescue Alliance, Operation Paws for Homes, Project Second Chance and BREW (Beagle Rescue Education and Welfare). The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on PawsGo, which relies heavily on in-person pop-ups and festivals for the majority of sales. An attempt to do an online pop-up with a few other Del Ray businesses was not as successful as she had hoped.
Any update on the grass being cut? It is getting really high in parts. Is that something we need to poke Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA?
I took home about half of the dog park bowls to wash. I’ll bring them back tomorrow. Just in case you were wondering where so many of the bowls went! - Cynthia
THE PARK IS OPEN FOR PLAY!!! Please tag me as the photo credit if any of these photos are used 😊
So excited the park is open! I haven’t been yet, is the water turned on?
The park was still closed at 9am today. I didn’t expect it to be but I was passing by and wanted to check on it. The park could use a little TLC, but the grass looks amazing! Will the water fountain inside the park be on? What about the hose outside the park? The water to the hose is turned off right now. Just want to know if I should bring water to the park. - Cynthia
Some of you might remember Drexel or seen her around the neighborhood. She was both a lover (more so) and a fighter (which is why we frequented inside the dog park less for the last few years.). I do know though that she interacted with many and that many of you understand in our loss that Drexel passed yesterday. She loved the dog park where she could do her crazy sprints unfettered by leash or master. My favorite memory was one early morning (about 6 am) we went to the park and two young kids came up with their brand new Chihuahua puppy. Drexel was always good with puppies and she allowed this small dog to chase her all around the park to the amusement of us all as it looked like this small puppy was scaring this big dog. Thank you all for the memories and hug your own pup extra tight today for us. And a special about out to Petey, who was Drexel's first Del Ray friend.
Alexandria Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA) shared it's reopening phases. Dog parks are part of Phase II. So cross your paws that Phase I goes well and we get to Phase II quickly! (Second posting attempt, the image disappeared off the last one)
Alexandria Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA) shared it's reopening phases. Dog parks are part of Phase II. So cross your paws that Phase I goes well and we get to Phase II quickly!
A well timed article. I take my dogs early, generally when there are few to no dogs at all. And I know by sight the dogs that make my one pup uncomfortable. If I see them, we just keep walking and skip the dog park all together. "Having your dog in a dog park requires trusting that everyone in the park is monitoring their dog, and is a good judge about whether their dog should be in the park in the first place. That’s a lot of trust to put in a stranger."
In preparation for clean up tomorrow, I took most of the metal bowls home to run through my dishwasher. So, that’s why they’re gone. Don’t worry, they’ll be back tomorrow morning! - Cynthia