Dogs in Alexandria

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities provides 17 Dog Exercise Areas and Fenced Dog Parks for the convenience and enjoyment of City residents.

Page updated on Apr 23, 2016 at 10:38 PM
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Fenced Dog Parks

Dog owners who believe their pets are not safe in an open exercise area are encouraged to visit a fenced dog park.

  • Simpson Stadium Park at Monroe Avenue  (map)
  • Duke Street east of the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Library  (map) 
  • Montgomery Park at the corner of Fairfax and 1st Streets (map) 
  • Dog Run Park at Carlyle, 450 Andrew's Ln.  (map) 
    • Improvement activities are complete and the large dog area will remain closed allowing grass to establish a good root system. Large dog area will reopen in late June.

    • Small dog area is open
  • Ben Brenman Park by Backlick Creek  (map) 
    • On February 2, 2016, Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA) submitted an SUP for Planning Commission Review (see attached staff report for SUP2015-0128) to expand and add lights to the dog park.  The Commission chose to defer the request until RPCA provided proper notification to the adjacent neighborhoods that the addition of lights would trigger a change in park hours, as allowed by the original SUP for Ben Brenman Park (SUP98-0048). The current posted hours state that the park is open from "sunrise to sunset, except by permitted use." The new posted hours will state that the park is open from "6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in all lighted areas of the Park." The Commission also added a condition that the bases of the light poles will be located outside the fence line.
    • On March 3, 2016, RPCA held a public meeting to receive input on the park hours of use and the dog park SUP. An audio recording of the meeting can be found here. Written comments can be viewed here.
    • On April 5, 2016, the Planning Commission approved and on  pril 16, 2016 City Council approved SUP2015-0128.  
    • RPCA will proceed with installing the lights and expanding the dog park in Summer/Fall 2016. 

Unfenced Sites / Dog Exercise Areas

Bollards
Bollards define unfenced dog exercise area boundaries.

Unfenced off-leash dog exercise areas have defined boundaries marked by bollards and are designated locations for dogs and their owners to exercise and recreate without disrupting other uses of the parks.

  • Founders Park at Oronoco Street and Union Street  (map)
  • Windmill Hill Park at Gibbon and Union Streets  (map) 
    • Summer 2016 - Spring 2017: Dog exercise area will be closed intermittently to facilitate the renovation of the Windmill Hill Park Shoreline Project. The dog exercise area will close as the shoreline project progresses to facilitate a full renovation of the dog exercise area. 
  • Southeast corner of Braddock Road and Commonwealth  (map) 
  • Hooff's Run, east of Commonwealth between Oak and Chapman Streets  (map) 
  • Ft. Williams Parkway at Dearborn Rd  (map) 
  • Tarleton Park   (map) 
  • Chambliss Street  (map) 
  • W. Timberbranch Parkway and Parkway Terrace*  (map) 
  • Chinquapin Park  (map) 
  • Monticello Park  (map) 
  • Four Mile Run Park / Edison Street cul-de-sac  (map) 
  • Mount Jefferson Park / W&OD Railroad at Raymond Avenue*  (map) 
  • Note: The Fort Ward Park exercise area closed effective March 2, 2015 - City Council adopted  Fort Ward Park & Historic Museum Management Plan

Dog Park / Exercise Area Rules & Regulations

Dogs are welcome in public parks, not designated as a dog exercise area, but are to be kept secured by a leash. The leash may be removed from a dog on private property, provided that the owner or person in control of such private property has permitted such dog to be present without a leash.

For the enjoyment of City residents and their dogs, the following rules apply at the Dog Parks and Exercise Areas:

  • Dog areas are open from sunrise to sunset
  • All dogs must be under their handlers' control.
  • Only three dogs per handler are allowed.
  • Dogs must be on leash when entering and exiting the park. Each handler must have a leash in hand at all other times.
  • No dogs in heat are allowed.
  • Only dogs 4 months and older are allowed.
  • Dogs must be legally licensed, vaccinated and wearing both current tags.
  • Handlers must keep their dogs in view at all times.
  • Any bite occurring to a person or dog must be immediately reported to Alexandria Animal Control. Persons and dogs involved must wait for an officer to respond, except when immediate medical care is needed.
  • Unleashed dogs must remain within the boundaries of the dog exercise area, as defined by bollards.
  • Handlers may not permit dogs to bark incessantly or to the annoyance of neighbors.
  • Handlers must immediately pick up all feces and dispose of them in trash receptacles.
  • Aggressive dogs (defined as dogs posing a threat to human beings or other dogs) are not allowed at any time. Handlers are legally responsible for their dogs, and any injury or damage to facilities caused by them.

In addition to the above rules, the following applies at Fenced Dog Parks:

  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult when inside the fenced dog area.
  • Food is not allowed inside the fenced dog area. Non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.

If people are not abiding by these regulations, please contact Alexandria Animal Control at 703-746-4774

Use of the parks are subject to the Alexandria City Code, including, but not limited to sections
6-1-2.2, 5-7-35, 5-7-42, 5-7-40, 5-7-38, 5-7-47


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