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Update on Lighting Installation - October 25, 2007

Message from Lyndell D. Core, Park Manager, Arlington County:

Monday, October 29 the holes will be dug for the concrete pylons on which the light poles will be installed. The trenching for the electrical lines which are to be ran through metal conduit pipe and connecting each pole should be completed by Tuesday.

The concrete for the pylons should be poured from the cement truck into the holes. Concrete has to settle and stabilize, basically drying out removing all the water that is used to combine the sand, gravel and cement mixture. Once the concrete hardens or sets up the poles can be installed on top of the pylons. Most likely this will be the following Monday. 

Dominion Virginia will have to come to connect the service, since this is a new service. We will determine that date tomorrow when the vendor comes out to the site.

The orange tape on the gates are to mark the entry gates for the trenching machine and concrete truck to enter.

If everything goes as planned the lights should be shining within 2 weeks.

Lyndell D. Core
Park Manager
Park Service Area 3
Telephone: 703-228-7632
FAX: 703-228-6507
2700 S. Taylor Street
Arlington VA 22206

Posted October 26, 2007


Update on Lighting Installation

I spoke with the contractor for the lighting installation last evening and he reported that his supplier had rescheduled the delivery for Monday, October 9 to contractor’s site in Maryland .

Work can not start until all materials are received. On days when the work completed does not present a safety hazzard to users of the park the park will be open. On those days when there will be electrical work, trenching, concrete work or other situations that present a safety hazzard the park will be closed to users.

If the work does not occupy the park for the full day, when the site has been cleared by the contractor and can safely accommodate users it will be open. For example if the work for the day is completed by 2 P.M. and there is no hazzard to users the park will be open. If there is a hazzard it would not be open.

I realize this may not be the most advantageous situation with opening and closing determined on the day of the activity. However I feel limited service is better than lack of service. For those park patrons who have cars there is also the availability of Shirlington CCA or Utah CCA.

The closing signs were removed Monday evening and will not be installed until there is a definite work start date communicated via email to the CCA sponsors.

Lyndell D. Core
Park Manager
Park Service Area 3
Telephone: 703-228-7632
FAX: 703-228-6507
2700 S. Taylor Street
Arlington VA 22206

Posted October 2, 2007

Lighting Project

PEG approved by the Park & Recreation Commission

We did it!!! Our PEG has been approved for $12,000 by the Park and Recreation Commission. Below is the body of the letter from the Commission. I will also post a copy of the letter on the bulletin board at the dog park. Once the County Board approves the Commission recommendations on February 24th, we should be able to officially start collecting bids from contractors for the lighting installation portion of the project.

CONGRATULATIONS TO US !!!!!

I am pleased to inform you that the Park and Recreation Commission is recommending an expenditure of $12,000 to help support the installation of new lighting at the Ft. Barnard CCA. The grant assumes that Douglas Dogs shall contribute a minimum of $4,000 in matching funds and that the Parks and Natural Resources Division has committed up to an additional $12,000 from regular park maintenance funds, bringing the total project budget to $28,000.

The Commission commends Douglas Dogs for not only its successful fund-raising campaign, but also for undertaking the extensive community process related to the lighting proposal and gaining neighborhood and County staff support.

The Commission's recommendations for this year's grant recipients will be presented to the County Board on Saturday, February 24, 2007. Once approved by the County Board, completion of your project is anticipated by the end of the 2007 calendar year.

The Commission appreciates your participation in the Park Enhancement Grant Program. Thank you for taking an interest in improving our parks and community.

Sincerely,

Tobin L. Smith, Chair

FYI – Regarding the $4,000 matching funds. $2,700 is in the Arlington Dogs bank account and the balance is in the Douglas Dogs bank account, so we meet the minimum requirement in matching funds. Once we know the final cost, if more funds are needed, we will do more fund-raising. If our funds are not needed for the lighting project, we will use them for a frost-free water spigot. Next winter, we will be able to use the Ft. Barnard, CCA all winter long.

Yippee!!!

Posted February 19, 2007


Status Report – January 30, 2007

When I last wrote you about lighting project, members of Douglas Dogs were preparing to present our proposal for the Park Enhancement Grant (PEG). The PEG is a highly competitive process and the funds are distributed based on community impact and demonstrated community financial support. The bigger the impact on both items, the more likely a project will be chosen to receive the maximum grant money ($12,000).

The PEG presentations took place in October 2006 and the Douglas Dogs presentation went very well. We and one other group were the only projects that demonstrated both community impact/support and confirmed fundraising dollars. 8 of the 15 projects showed zero fundraising. The other projects stated they had hopes of contributions or verbal commitments. Based on this information, we do expect the Ft. Barnard Lighting Project to be chosen to receive the maximum grant money.

The Park and Recreation Commission review the projects and forward their recommendations for project selection and funding awards to the County Board. The County Board considers the recommendations and takes action on the funding allocations for PEG projects. Originally, the PEG process had stated that applicants would hear the final results in January and money allocation by February 2007. The Commission canceled several scheduled meetings at the end of 2006; however, we have not been informed that there is an impact to the original timeline. We hope to hear the final decision anytime.

Once we hear the official results from the PEG process, we can begin the formal installation of the lights. The financial costs of the project will be finalized and we will know if we have raised all of the necessary funds or if more fundraising will be required.

In the meantime, there are some hoodies (small, medium, large, 2X large) and tee-shirts (medium only) still available. We need to sell the remaining inventory to obtain full benefit of this fundraising project. Please let us know if you would like to make a purchase.

Posted January 30, 2007


Fundraising Update - October 9, 2006

Our goal is to reach $6,000. The goal was based on original bid estimates, money committed by Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department, and the assumption that we will receive the maximum money from the Park Enhancement Grant, PEG.

Good News - we are halfway towards our goal with a more than $3,000 received !!!!!

What can you do to keep the momentum going? Continue to support the fundraising events.

1.  Plan to attend the Community BBQ with the Halloween Doggie Costume Contest on October 21, 2006 from 4-7pm at the Fort Barnard Dog Park.

2.  Purchase Doggie T-shirts. Check them out on the website. You can purchase them on-line.

3.  T-shirts and hoodies are now once again available. The new order has arrived and they look good and feel great. Perfect for the cool weather. They are available at the dog park whenever you see the open shed. T-shirts are $15 and Hoodies are $40. Cash payment is requested.

4.  Make a Direct Contribution. Many of you have already made generous gifts. For anyone who has not done so and wants to contribute here or two easy ways to do it:

For more fundraising information, check out the Fundraising Faqs page.

Posted October 9, 2006


It's Official - Lighting Project Approved!

Douglas Dogs has received official notification from Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation that the Ft. Barnard Dog Park Lighting Project has been approved. See the below from Howard Hudgins.

NEXT STEPS

  1. Obtain the maximum financial support available through the Park Enhancement Grant (PEG). The PEG is a highly competitive process and the funds are distributed based on community impact and demonstrated community financial support. The bigger the impact on both items, the more likely our project will be chosen to receive the maximum grant money ($12,000). We submitted the final application on September 29, 2006.
  2. Continue to fundraise since this serves two purposes. First, is it continues to demonstrate the financial commitment by Douglas Dogs. And secondly, if the PEG is denied or if we do not receive the maximum funds, we are in a better position to raise the money ourselves rather than have the project delayed due to lack of funds

Fundraising is progressing nicely, but there are a number of people who have expressed a desire to contribute, but have not done so. Our next milestone for the PEG is the Presentation to the Commission in October. It is imperative that we show our fundraising efforts continue, so please send in your direct contributions. We opened a Pay Pal account and Douglas Dogs can now accept your gift online via credit card. Of course, we continue to accept checks and cash.

For those of you who have written checks, we will now be depositing those checks since the lighting project has been officially approved by Arlington County.

Posted October 2, 2006


Email from Howard Hudgins

Dear Douglas Dogs,

Good news. Yesterday we sent a letter of support to the Chair of the Park and Recreation Commission for the Park Enhancement Grant application submitted by Douglas Dogs for lights in the Ft. Barnard Community Canine Area (CCA). As you know we supported the 9 PM cut off for the lights but a 7 AM start as opposed to the Advisory Group’s proposed 6 AM start.

Thank you again for the time and hard work you put into this community review process.

Howard Hudgins
Manager, Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation

Posted September 28, 2006


Update - September 18, 2006

As you know, we are in the process of acquiring lights for the dog park. We have completed the survey process and held the Public Meeting on September 13, 2006. The survey results showed a 96% acceptable to a 4% not acceptable. Over 247 surveys were received, so a big thank you to everyone who completed a survey and encouraged others to do so – the survey response was described as “overwhelming” by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Our next step is to obtain the maximum financial support available through the Park Enhancement Grant (PEG). The PEG is a highly competitive process and the funds are distributed based on community impact and demonstrated community financial support. The bigger the impact on both items, the more likely our project will be chosen to receive the maximum grant money ($12,000).

We have shown the community impact with the survey responses and results. Our next step is to demonstrate the financial commitment by Douglas Dogs.

What you can do to help:

1. Make a Direct Contribution - write a check to “Arlington Dogs” with Douglas Dogs Ft. Barnard Lights in the memo.

a. Use the links above to donate using your credit card through PayPal. You do not need to be a member of PayPal.

b. Hand deliver checks to Coday Cunningham (Boo & Gus’s owner), Carol Rosa, (Bonnie’s owner), Lisa Walthers (Jack & Dylan’s owner), or Ed Gaus (Sara and Maxine’s owner)

c. Or mail checks to Lisa Walthers at 5244 South 11th Street, Arlington, VA 22204.

It is extremely important that we receive checks immediately! We need to include the total amount privately raised in the PEG application that is due on September 29, 2006. The checks will not be cashed until the final support approval has been given by Arlington County Park & Recreation. However, so that we can be awarded the maximum PEG grant, we need to show financial support from Douglas Dogs now! If for some reason the lighting project is not approved, checks will be returned. (Please note - we do NOT anticipate that to happen.)

We are requesting that each family donate $100.00, but please write a check for what you feel is appropriate.

2. Support the Douglas Dogs Fundraising efforts.

a. T-shirts and hoodies are now available. They look good and feel great. Amy or Kim is bringing them to the park for purchase. T-shirts are $15 and Hoodies are $40. Cash payment is requested.

b. Plan to attend the Community BBQ with the Halloween Doggie Costume Contest on October 21, 2006 from 4-7pm at the Fort Barnard Dog Park.

3. Volunteer.

Assist the fundraising committee in the upcoming event. Please contact the fundraising committee if you would like more information on how you can help.

See also the Fundraising FAQs page.


Lighting Timeline & Future Schedule

Douglas Dogs has written a letter of intent to notify the Park and Recreation Commission of Ft. Barnard Park’s intent to submit a proposal for a 2007 Small Parks Program Grant.  The Ft. Barnard Advisory Group proposes to request funding for the Ft. Barnard Community Canine Area (CCA). 

The monies will be used to install lighting at the CCA to enable dog owners to exercise their dogs in winter months when natural lighting is not available due to the shorter daylight hours and daylight savings.  Keeping Ft. Barnard CCA available during the evening hours throughout the year is important so that responsible dog owners have a dedicated place to use that is safe to dogs and their owners.  

The following is the timeline and future schedule for lighting Ft. Barnard Dog Park (aka Community Canine Area – CCA):

December 5, 2005

Intial meeting w/ Arlington County Parks and Recreation to discuss lighting projec

June 1, 2006

First Ft. Barnard CCA Advisory Group Meeting

June 27, 2006

PEG workshop-informational session in preparation to apply for County parks grant funding

June 29, 2006

2nd Ft. Barnard CCA Advisory Group Meeting

July 31, 2006

Rough draft of PEG application submitted to Arlington County

August 14, 2006

Letter to surrounding community goes to Print shop.

August 18, 2006

Letter mailed.

August 21, 2006

Survey available on WEB site and link to survey emailed to Civic Associations and other Advisory Group representatives.

September 8, 2006

Advisory Group Meeting to share survey results and comments to date just prior to Public Meeting.

September 13, 2006

Public Meeting at Walter Reed Recreation Center

Week of
September 19, 2006

Advisory Group meeting after public meeting.  Advisory group to come to agreement on recommendations to DPRCR.

September 29, 2006

Final draft of PEG application due

1 – 2 weeks following final meeting

Letter from Ft. Barnard CCA Advisory Group stating their recommendations to Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (DPRCR)

Fall 2006

Letter to public with Advisory Group recommendations and  DPRCR decisions.