Field photo with logotype

June 2021

Breaking News: DPR Director Hunter To Ban Dogs from Francis Field

Issues Letter with Plans for New Fences, Locks, and "No Dog" Signs

Posted: June 14, 2021.
No Dog sign
New signage from Department of Parks and Recreation

In response to complaints by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A, DPR Director Delano Hunter has issued a letter to "Francis Field Stakeholders" stating in part:

"Dog usage poses the most significant risk to the condition of the field. Despite enforcement efforts, we recognize that entrenched patterns of behavior adversely impact the surface."

His letter states that signs have been posted. If so, it may be that they have been removed.  An example is shown at right.

Director Hunter's letter of June 11, 2021, can be read in full in PDF format on this website.

Friends of Francis Field (FFF) has not responded to Hunter's letter, and is seeking comment from its Board of Directors and membership before it does so. FFF has a partnership agreement with DPR. It has both opposed and agreed with DPR positions since 2008.

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Joel Causey, who currently represents the Francis Field area, responded to Hunter in an email message stating: "These all sound like great solutions and we look forward to seeing if each can become a reality."

Commissioner Causey also stated that Hunter's letter will be discussed at the ANC-2A meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening June 16. See the ANC's wesite for details:

Legislation Filed in Council for Rebecca Coder Park!

Posted: May 5, 2021.

Redbuds in Rebecca Coder Park
Redbuds in bloom in Rebecca Coder Park area, April 12, 2021.

As reported in Mays's West End Flyer, Councilmember Brooke Pinto filed the “Rebecca Coder Park Designation Act of 2021” in the Council of the District of Columbia on May 2.

If passed by the Council and signed by the Mayor, it would designate a small section of Francis Field to be named in the memory of former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Rebecca Coder, who died in office on May 1, 2018, in her tenth year of representing the West End. She was then 49 years old, and had fought a long battle with ovarian cancer.

In a letter to the Council, Pinto stated: “The bill memorializes her successful efforts to provide passive recreation space in the West End neighborhood, specifically the portion of Francis Field that is now a small pleasant park area, where neighbors can walk dogs, sit on benches, and enjoy this small outdoor space, created in 2009 under her leadership.”

See the full article in the May issue of the West End Flyer below.

See complete text of “Rebecca Coder Park Designation Act of 2021” and Letter to Council by Councilmember Brook Pinto.

West End Flyer for May

Posted: May 5, 2021.
May Flyer, 2-page layout

Articles this month:

View May 2021 issue: PDF will open in new window. Access back issues of the West End Flyer on this website.

ANC-2A Forms Committee to Deal with Dogs on Francis Field

Posted: April 2, 2021.
Wide-shot photo of field with dogs
Dogs and their companions on Francis Field, March 30, 2021.

As reported in April's West End Flyer, Dogs busted the Zoom!

The March 17 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A had 99-people in its waiting room, a limit the software could not exceed, and one that had not been reached in any previous meeting. People interested in items further down on the agenda were asked to get off to make way for the “Francis Field and Francis Dog Park” discussion.

During the process, Commissioner Joel Causey, from the district where the field is located—on 25th Street NW between M and N—said that dogs off leash were a problem all over the District, and advised that Francis Field “at this point is unusable.” He informed owners who continued to break rules that the enforcement was “about to get ramped up” with ticketing.

See the rest of the story in the April edition of the West End Flyer.

Spring Plans for Francis Field

Posted: April 2, 2021.
Spring photo with flowering trees
Serviceberry Trees in Bloom on Francis Field, March 30, 2021.

While the playing field issue gets straightened out, FFF has three other projects underway this spring, all of which have an educational element to them. Each deals with the small “passive rest and relaxation” areas rather than the extensive, multi-use central field:

Francis Tree Lab. With our associates at the Casey Tree Foundation and the Urban Forestry division of the D.C. Department of Transportation we are seeing what we can learn from our 50-some trees, and we will be trying to clone or graft one of them. See "Tree Lab" section on this website.

Rear-Field Landscaping. We are implementing an approved landscape plan there with volunteer gardeners and professional landscape contractors. See "Rear-Field" article on this website.

Rebecca Coder Park. This is the small area between 25th Street and the playing field, and includes the circular sidewalk area. It is the special focus of our current agreement to improve the field with private funding. It is one of the most visited areas of the park, where dogs on-leash are frequent—and welcome—visitors. See "Rebecca Coder Park" section of this website.

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