College Park 
Dog Park Association

Using Whatsapp for meet-ups, Part II.

Who We Are

The College Park Dog Park Association coordinates membership-based access to the Acredale Park dog facility managed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, in College Park, Maryland and has done so continuously since 2002.  

The mission of the College Park Dog Park Association is to keep the park friendly, safe and clean, in cooperation with the M-NCPPC.  The dog park is fenced, has running water, members pitch in to keep the park clean of waste, and M-NCPPC maintains a healthy grass surface with shade trees.  A paved path leads to the park from the parking area. 

Our About Membership page includes details about becoming a member of the College Park Dog Park. It should answer most of your membership questions. 

Learn more about membership requirements, eligibility, and fees on the Join Us page.  

Still have questions? The Contact Us page provides ways to reach the CPDPA Officers.                                               
The College Park Dog Park relies on member volunteers to ensure continuation of our Association. Volunteers serve as President, Treasurer, and Membership Coordinator for the organization each year, selected through an annual election process. 

We also expect members to maintain the park, by replacing dog waste bags, acting as Docents to orient new members, and helping with annual clean up events.    If your dog loves the park,  empty the trash.

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer in any other way by sending an email to

    What's Happening?
    A few are now using Whatsapp to communicate.  Everyone who is signed up sees messages sent by all other members,  messages such as "anyone at the park now?"  "I'll be there tomorrow at 9."   Early reviews are very positive.  (See more extensive comments in the next item on this page.)

    As temperatures in the 50s and 60s :  good bye snow -- hello mud.  There may be some help arriving in the form of dirt dumped in the park to help us fill in the low lying (puddle forming) places.   Stayed tuned on this.

    The stakes and building materials you see near the park are part of a stream restoration project,  and have nothing to do with our park,  or the empty fields next to us.

    Two "special members" -- UMCP canine police and a trainer of companion dogs for veterans returning from war -- are using the park as a place for their dogs to play.   As a general rule,  these people will use the park when "regular members" are absent.  But if you run into them  welcome them,  and coordinate through the fence to make sure interactions with our "normal untrained" dogs  doesn't interfere with the training of these two special dog-groups.

     What's up with this "whatsapp" stuff?
    For the last couple months,  twenty or so members of the dogpark have been using the "whatsapp" application on their smart phones.    We've been very happy with how this has worked.

    Here's an example:

    On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, at around 1 p.m.,   Chris sent a message "Tomas and I plan to swing by the park around 4:45." Three people responded by 3 p.m.:  "I can come around 5:15",  "Count me in."  "We'll be there around 4:45."    And four dogs (and four people) had a pleasant time.

    As the weather (and mud) improve,  whatsapp will be increasingly useful to us. 

    But the more people that use it,  the more useful it is to everyone. 

    It is not intrusive:  everytime somebody sends a message all participants get the message,  but you control (on your phone) whether the message triggers a ring (or sound) or a vibrate,  or nothing. 

    And if you discover that you don't like it, you can withdraw at any time.

    And it is free (at least for now;  there may be a small charge after the first year).

    So do these three things:

    1.  Send an email to Kelly Frederick (Shiloh) ( and ask her to add your email to the Whatsapp group.
    2.  Download the Whatsapp application to your i-phone or smart phone.
    3.  Use it to arrange meet-ups at the dog park.

    Dog Park in the Snow

    New on the CPDP website.

    A Dog Walks Into a Bar (dog humor)
       Did you hear the one about the dog who gave up blogging?

    From the Annals of Dog Science   A new machine that allows you to read your dog's thoughts.
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