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Restaurants and shops are nice, but sometimes you need to spend time in the open air. Shaw’s lucky to have a community-run dog park and one of the city’s two skate parks on the same block.

The appeal of the Shaw Skate Park is simple: “It’s in the middle of everything,” says Juan Garcia, 20, an employee at the Palace 5ive skate shop who heads for the 11,000-square-foot skate park every weekend. The city renovated the skate park in
2011. The best part, Garcia says, “is the vibe people give. It’s really chill, and people are friendly.”

Just up 11th Street NW, the Shaw Dog Park is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Nov. 2 with snacks for humans and canines, a raffle and special T-shirts from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The volunteer-run, donation-supported dog park is a fenced, off-leash
area with space for more than 30 dogs. The late hours make it a popular place for neighborhood residents to catch up while bringing their dogs out after work.

— Fritz Hahn