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DPR Puppy Bowl to Touch Down at Columbia Heights

Friday, January 26, 2018

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contact:
Michael Tucker Jr., (202) 717-4242, [email protected]
Gregory Jackson Jr., (202) 714-9550, [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Puppy lovers and dog owners in the District now have a big game the same weekend as the NFL. DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), is excited to announce the first ever DPR Puppy Bowl on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Columbia Heights Recreation Center (1480 Girard Street NW) at 2 p.m.

DPR will model their puppy game after the highly rated Animal Planet show “Puppy Bowl.” DPR Puppy Bowl is an action-packed live event where puppy owners get to put their puppies inside the game, while a live audience watches.

“Happy dogs equal happy owners. We are proud to be where fun happens for the District’s dog population whether residents enjoy our dog parks, our ever-popular Doggie Day Swim and now DPR Puppy Bowl, a first in D.C.”

The Columbia Heights Recreation Center will feature two fields of play; one for adult dog free play and one special turf field for official DPR Puppy Bowl play. The event will include a referee and analysis from some of DPR’s most respected voices in local sports. 

DPR Puppy Bowl is simple. Puppies will be split into #TeamParks (green bandana) and #TeamRecs (yellow bandana). Then toys are dropped in the field of play and when a puppy crosses the opposing team’s goal line with one, that puppy scores a touchdown. Winners will receive certificates and there will be a Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) given.

Spots on the DPR Puppy Bowl team rosters are reserved for puppies no older than 20 weeks, registered in Washington, D.C. and have all of their needed shots. The DC Department of Health will be on hand to make sure dogs are registered and compliant.

The Human Rescue Alliance will have their mobile adoption vehicle on site so attendees can give a home to dogs in need. Other partners include Barkly Pets, Waggy Walkys, and City Paws Animal Hospital.

The event is free for all. For more information about DPR Puppy Bowl and to RSVP to attend or have your puppy play, visit DPR.events. Follow #DCPuppyBowl on social media.

NOTE: Adult dog entry is closed due to its high demand; it quickly reached capacity.

Be sure to watch Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XIV” on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3 p.m.


About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.