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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water is turned off in the park as of October 1. Bring bottled water for the water bowls.
MNCPPC has communicated to us some very preliminary plans to build a second enclosure for a "small dogs" dog park just to the north of our current location. If you see surveyors or stakes, that is probably what is going on. But we don't have a date or even an absolute promise that this will happen.
More and more members are now using Whatsapp to communicate. More info later on this page.
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.
A Dog Walks Into a Bar (dog humor) Disobedient Dogs.
From the Annals of Dog Science Are black dogs harder to place from the pound?
It is probably inevitable that there will be incidents at the dog park in which one dog attacks another, or creates an situation in which a dog feels threatened or uncomfortable. We'd like to do everything possible to avoid these situations.
Good dog play is identifiable because the dogs have their tails up and are taking turns chasing/chased or wrestling top/bottom.
A dog who feels threatened will tuck his tail and seek protection behind humans or under benches.
Problems are most likely to arise:
If you disagree or would like to add more, let's begin a discussion in discussion page at the members link.
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.
If you want to join the group, do these three things:
1. Send an email to Kelly Frederick (Shiloh) (email@example.com) and ask her to add your cellphone number to the Whatsapp group.
2. Download the Whatsapp application to your i-phone or smart phone. (Free, at least for the first year.)
3. Use it to arrange meet-ups at the dog park.