So I reached out to Bob King, ANC Commissioner, to get the history on the Dog Park at Fort Lincoln Park and the information was not favorable. I was informed that when this idea was proposed back in the early 2000’s, The Department of Parks and Recreation did not want to build a Dog park in Fort Lincoln because it would set a bad precedent for neighborhood specific Dog Parks throughout the city. The compromise was to build a more centralized dog park in Langdon Park instead. So in 2011 the Dog park at Langdon park was opened to service the entire area. It’s located 5 minutes from the Villages @ Dakota Crossing Driving, about 20-30 walking minutes.
My opinion is that this is absurd and is reminiscent of the crooked DC politics of old ( They two councilmen who were against dog parks are now in prison). Demand for a dog park should be what drives the creation of one. Mr. King stated that if we really want the park then he needs to see the interests. So if you are interested in getting signatures from not only your Community Cluster but from others in Fort Lincoln please let me know. I would love a dog park but will not go into this fight alone ( I can easily just walk to Langdon park LOL ).
Against my better judgment, and due to the lack of development news, I have decided to share some of the renderings I am working on. My “sim city” of sorts depicts my vision for Fort Lincoln and the Washington Gateway as a true gateway (which it is) to the city. The renderings above depict a mixed used retail, hospitality, and large meeting space development as an anchor to a revitalized Industrial/Office park (Industrial/Office park not shown). It also features light rail with a dedicated parking garage which would serve portions of South Dakota and New York Avenues to help relieve traffic. In addition, the light rail will serve as a direct connection to the city center for visitors who have hotel accommodations at the District Gateway as well as access to other developments along the NY Ave Corridor. Let me know what your thoughts are?
Disclaimer: Please be advise that these renderings/ideas are just my hobby and are for fun. The renderings and ideas shown do not represent the intent of the current or future land owners, city officials, developers, architects, neither private nor public. I am also not an employee of any of the aforementioned entities.