Takoma Park has over 4,250 dogs. Yet at least three citizen requests to build a park for humans with canine companions previously failed. So in 2012, Joe Edgell and Dr. Barbara Muhlbacher started an effort to raise community awareness of the need for an off-leash park, and spur the City Council and City Manager to act and build one (TakomaDogs incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2014).
Creation of the Takoma Park Dog Park is a lesson in citizen activism. Over 1500 people signed the petition to create the dog park (over 1200 at the time of our City Council presentation), overcoming a handful of NIMBY opponents who did not want a city for all communities, including those who’ve rescued canine companions. A core groups of supporters organized and pushed City Council and staff to build the dog park, and after nearly five years of effort, we were successful! Takoma Park now has it’s first and only dog park, opened on April 2, 2017.
With dog park creation, interest in TakomaDogs has wained. With its founders moving to the Puget Sound area, there is no one to keep the organization active. So it is with a mix of sadness and pride that we are closing down the website and terminating the 501(c)(3) status of TakomaDogs. On June 29, 2019, the website will expire and TakomaDogs will cease to exist.
Anyone interested in buying the website and domain name should reach out to Joe here. Historic Takoma is receiving an archive of the website, the banner, a TakomaDogs t-shirt, and our City Council presentation so this effort is preserved for posterity sake.
Visit the dog park at this location.