About the Park
Dog Park Rules
Join and VolunteerYou can join the Langdon Dog Park Association by completing this form and mailing it to the association. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure the success of the park and the LDPA's ability to care for the park, we need your help! The LDPA needs members and financial donations. We hope that you will consider both.
To become a Voting Member of the LDPA costs $25.00 per member (covers two years). As a Voting Member, you will have full voting rights in the LDPA and will receive direct communications from the LDPA about the dog park. Your dues also count as a tax-deductible donation.
View the LDPA bylaws.
We hope that you will consider making a financial donation to the LDPA and dog park. Your donation will contribute to:
* The maintenance and upkeep of the dog park facilities (see below)
Langdon Dog Park Maintenance Instructions
Thank you for volunteering to help out with maintenance at Langdon Dog Park! By keeping the park clean, safe, and poop-free, you are helping the Dog Park Association keep its agreement with the city, allowing us to continue to keep the park open for all our neighbors and their dogs.
Here are the tasks that you should undertake when it’s your turn for maintenance. Equipment and supplies can be found in the lockbox near the entry to the Park.
· Using the rake in the lockbox, rake any rocks that have gone astray. If it has rained heavily lately, you may find that the dog park surface has formed deep channels and ridges. Use the rake to re-distribute the gravel so that it is roughly even. Do your best to tamp down any material you rake. Walk on it, stomp on it, etc.
· Pick up trash, leaf litter, and stray poop and deposit in appropriate receptacles. One surprisingly popular poop spot is the gravel ring around the tree at the base of the park. Dogs also often poop in weeds, so be sure to check there, too.
· Speaking of weeds, the lockbox also contains a weeding tool, which you can use to more easily dig them up. Weeds tend to pop up on the fence line.
· The gate between the two sides of the dog park is secured by slipping the hasp on one side of the gate over the side-pole it faces on the other gate, and making sure the central pole (which the hasp is part of) is secure in the socket buried in the ground. Over time, the socket fills up with material, and needs to be dug out so the gates will stay closed. Use the weed tool for this.
· Check both poop bag dispensers and refill if necessary. The key to the locks on the dispensers is in the LDPA lockbox. It’s attached to a long twist-tie, and can usually be found hanging from one of the struts that support the lid. The locks tend to be a bit dirty, and so you’ll need to be patient getting the key in. As of this time, we’re using donated rolls of bags from Friendship Animal Hospital. The bag dispensers are desgined for a different style of bag (the Pick-up Mitt), but you can place a roll inside and pull the end through the open space in the dispenser’s front panel. Refill rolls are in lockbox. If we are running low on refills, notify Facilities committee head ASAP.
· Check the bulletin board outside the park; remove any outdated notices.
· Inspect all fencing, gates, and entryways and make note of any holes or gaps where dogs might escape. Inspect the benches, the water fountains, the lockbox, and any other features of the park that might sustain damage or wear. Pass along relevant information to Facilities committee head ASAP.
· In summer, make sure water bowls and hoses are on site and that the water sources are functional. In winter months, the water should be shut off. Notify Facilities committee head ASAP if you find otherwise.
Sanitizing the Langdon Dog Park
Unless the weather drops consistently below freezing, we must spray the park once a month to sanitize it. We’ve typically done this early in the morning on the weekend, starting around 7 or 7:30am, to make sure it gets done before people and dogs begin coming to the park in numbers. The whole process takes 60-90 minutes. Spray the small dog side first, so anyone who does arrive can use it.
The sanitizer we use was provided to us by DC DPR. It uses a very dilute hydrochloric acid solution to do its job. It dries after a few minutes and then the surface is safe for dogs, children, and the rest of us. If we are running low on sanitizer capsules, please inform the Facilities head.
The sprayer looks more or less like a typical garden hose attachment, with the addition of a large reservoir on its underside, just in front of the grip and trigger. Before hooking it up, squeeze the grip, and point it down and away from yourself to let any remaining water flow out. Shake the sprayer. You should be able to hear the capsule rattling around in the reservoir. If not, make absolutely sure that you’ve drained all the water, and unscrew the reservoir cover to check the capsule.
NEVER open the reservoir when there is water in it. The water in there hasn’t mixed with air yet, and is the sanitizing solution is more concentrated. If you need to check the capsule, unhook the hose and drain the sprayer first.
1) Clear the park of any poop, leaf and tree litter, or trash. The sanitizing spray cannot sanitize what it cannot touch.
2) Collect the water bowls and any toys. Store them in the lockbox while you spray.
3) In the lockbox, you’ll find two hoses and the sprayer. You’ll need both hoses to reach to every part of the park. There are also several plastic containers in which you’ll find more sanitizer capsules.
4) As mentioned above, it’s best to start on the small dog side. If there are other people using the park or others arrive as you’re working, just explain who you are, what you’re doing, and ask for their patience. If you haven’t sprayed the main part of the park yet, allow people to use it while you spray the small dog side.
5) Spray every surface in the park from the ground to three feet in the air – everything that a dog could urinate or poop on, and then some for safety. Spray everything:
- the ground and the concrete slabs
- the fence
- the bottom rail of the fence
- the fence posts
- the trash cans
- the lock box
- the post for the poop bag dispenser on the small dog side
- the benches
- the tree
- the tree stump
- the water sources
- the base of the retaining wall
6) By the time you finish, most of the rest of the park will be dry and ready. After shutting off the water, drain the sprayer completely, pointing it down and away from you and holding the trigger until it’s empty. If the sanitizer capsule is almost gone, this is a good time to replace it.
7) Drain the hoses. Easiest way is to grab one end and walk uphill toward the retaining wall. Once the hose is stretched out and water is draining, coil your way back downhill. There are no drain holes in the lock box, so keep any water to a minimum.
8) Out the water bowls, balls, and toys back out for use.
9) Pack everything back in the lockbox, lock it, and then welcome anyone who has been patiently waiting into the park.