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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sad Puppies: North Restoners Threaten to Sue Baron Cameron Dog Park

Sad puppyOur BFFs at Reston Now bring us the tale of a group of Reston residents who live across crowded -- and noisy -- Wiehle Avenue from the fenced-in dog run at Baron Cameron Park that are threatening to sue the county park authority and a local dog group because all the barking disrupts the soothing Zen soundscape of cars, trucks, and the occasional rescue vehicle zipping by on Wiehle.

Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:

The people upset about the noise live in the Longwood Grove subdivision, which is separated from the dog run by a buffer area of trees, as well as four lanes of Wiehle Avenue.

“My firm represents several residents in the Longwood Grove neighborhood located across the street from the Baron Cameron OLDA [off-leash dog area],” wrote attorney Zachary Williams of the firm Bean, Kinney & Korman. “The operation of this dog park has caused these residents to suffer constant and excessive nuisance noise for many years.”
For their part, the park did install noise-abating fencing on one side of the doggie park. Some more sweeeeet blockquote, por favor:
The county has done its own tests and found no measurable noise coming from the park.
“The traffic noise on Wiehle is louder than the dog noise,” said [Park Authority Chair] Bill Bouie.
The dog park's been there for around 15 years. So why threaten to sue now? According to the attorney's letter quoted on Reston Now, current plans to revise the park's master plan are an opportunity to move or close the dog park for good. (Of course, when the parks authority decides to go forward with building the awesome new rec center in that very location after all, will these same folks be happy about the additional road noise and traffic and discarded Orange Julius cups? One can only wonder.)

We can see it now: A groundbreaking lawsuit against the descendants of Carl Adolph Max Wiehle for founding a drunken village which became the namesake of a noisy street near a dog park.

As of yet, there's been no response from supporters of the dog park, but in a Restonian World Exclusive, we've learned they've gained the support of a very important celebrity:

If she sings "Angel," we swear we'll burst into tears, the end.


  1. I'd call them NIMBYs, except the park isn't in their backyards. Maybe NAM4LHAGOTs (Not Across My 4-Lane Highway And Grove of Trees)?

  2. "Some more sweeeeet blockquote, por favor:"

    You tickle me, reston restonian the third. You do.

  3. Trust me, the day will come when they will wish that a dog park was all they had to deal with. Wait until Fairfax County and their cadre of developers have finished paving over the last open space south of Baron Cameron.

    "They are coming to get you Barbara!"

  4. Sound to me like somebody's going to be receiving a flaming paper bag full of Fido's Finest for Christmas.

  5. Of course -- this article is posted on National Love Your Pet Day!

    This whole lawsuit makes no sense and is a waste of time. If this is what Reston has become -- dog hating folks with frivolous lawsuits -- it's time to put up a for sale sign.

    What happened to this place? Tsk, tsk, tsk.

    1. Seems that Reston is full of these loud barking, filthy animals and their dogs.

      Thank you, Bill Maher!

    2. Did you mean the "aggrieved" residents or their lawyers? Possibly both?

  6. I know things are getting tough for some lawyers these days, but I had no idea that business was going to the dogs so quickly!

  7. Leave Baron Cameron park (and all the doggies) alone!!

  8. "Who let the lawyers out?"

    "Arf arf arf arf barf!"

  9. Snoopy and the Red Baron CameronFebruary 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I want to see some a doberhuahua or two running around the dog park.

  10. Welcome to Night ValeFebruary 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Hello listeners. To start things off I’ve been asked to read this brief notice: the city council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Summerset near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.


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