College Park 
Dog Park Association

Watching the Grass Grow:  Help Needed

About us.

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?
Dirt in the dogpark:  More info later on this page.

More and more members are now using Whatsapp to communicate. More info later on this page.

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.

New on the CPDP website.

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 has been turned off for the winter. Please bring in jugs of water for the dogs... and take empty ones home to refill and return! Thanks! .

Good Dog Play at the Park.

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:
  • When there are a lot of dogs in the park (say more than 4).  The dogs wind each other up and fail to take needed pauses in their play.   As you enter the park,  take a moment to appraise the number of dogs and potential for trouble, and
  • When a new and unfamiliar dog enters the park.  So be aware of entering dogs and be close to your dog and prepared to take control of him/her at the gate until the new dog has entered and introduced himself.
  • When one dog is leashed and another is not.  So unleash your dog in the "foyer" to ensure that  all dogs are on equal (unleashed) footing upon entering the park.

If you disagree or would like to add more,  let's begin a discussion in discussion page at the members link.

WhatsAp Info
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.

If you want to join the group, do these three things:

1.  Send an email to Kelly Frederick (Shiloh) ( 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.

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