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Dog Park Applications

Many of the District's dog parks are in the inventory of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in partnership with the public. In 2007, dog park regulations were issued which allowed for the creation of official, public dog parks on District-owned parkland within the possession and control of the Government of the District of Columbia.

The application process is described in more detail below. For more information on DPR dog parks, please send an email to [email protected].

Dog Park Applications Status

Interested parties wishing to review the applications can do so by selecting the application of interest from the list below or by visiting the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), 1275 First Street, NE, 8th Floor. Please submit any feedback prior to the public comment deadline. 

** Please click here for the Dog Park Proposal Package

For more information or to submit your comments, please email [email protected].

Application Name Applicant Organization Proposed Location Square Footage Application Status
Hardy Dog Park Foxhall Community Citizens Association 4500 Q Street, NW 5,000 ft. Under Review

Virginia Avenue Dog Park

Virginia Avenue Dog Park Partners 11th Street & Virginia Avenue, SE 12,542 sq. ft. Approved
Takoma Dog Park
The Northern Ward
Four Dog Park Group
3rd & Underwood Street, NW
11,630 sq. ft.
Edgewood Dog Park * Friends of Edgewood 3rd & Evarts Street, NE  6,000 sq. ft. Approved
Takoma Dog Park
   - 2nd submission **
The Northern Ward Four Dog Park Group West of Takoma Aquatic Center Pending budget and design Approved
Texas Avenue Dog Park Proposal East River Dog Park Group Texas Avenue and C Street, SE TBD


Oxon Run Park / Congress Heights Dog Park Friends of Congress Heights Dog Park 100 Block of Xenia Street SE    
11th and Bark / Columbia Heights Dog Park 11th and Bark 11th and Park Road NW TBD Under Review


Dog Park Application Regulations

The Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed legislation, DC Act 16-182*, amending the Animal Control Act of 1979, effective October 18, 1979 (DC Law 3-30; DC Official Code 8-1801 et seq.)(2001) which authorized the Mayor to create fenced-in, off-leash dog parks.

DPR worked with the public and other District agencies to create rules for dog parks. District agencies involved with creating the rules were the DC Department of Environment (DDOE), DC Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works (DPW), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Office of the Clean City, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), and the DC Water and Sewer Authority (DCWASA).

Summary of Rules and Guidelines 

  • Public dog parks are open to all residents and visitors of the District of Columbia. DPR will not charge fees for use of dog parks.
  • Dog parks located on the grounds of a DPR facility will be open the same hours as the facility.
  • Dog parks located on non-lighted grounds or parks will be open from dawn to dusk.
  • All dogs using a dog park must be licensed and registered in the District of Columbia. All dogs are required by law to be vaccinated and registered.
  • All dogs must display a Dog Park Registration Tag*, and other tags as required by law.
  • A maximum of 30 dogs per 10,000 square feet may be in a park at one time. Please refer to signage at each dog park for specifics at that location.
  • Regulations for Dogs on DPR Public Space [PDF]

For more information or to submit your comments please email [email protected].