Dog Parks are gaining in popularity in the Washington, DC area. They are designated areas (usually fenced) where dogs can play and exercise off-leash. Dog Parks are wonderful places for dogs (and their owners) to exercise and socialize.
Washington, DC Dog Parks
Dog Parks in the District of Columbia are maintained by the Department of Recreation in partnership with the public. All dogs using a dog park must be licensed and registered in the District of Columbia and must display a Dog Park Registration Tag.
Chevy Chase Dog Park: 41st & Livingston St, NW Washington DC. The park is designated as space for dogs to run off-leash.
Gage-Eckington Dog Park: 286 V St, NW Washington DC. The dog park is the former site of the Gage-Eckington Elementary School.
Kingsman Dog Park: 14th Street and Tennessee Avenue, NE Washington DC The Capitol Hill park is a favorite for dog lovers.
Langdon Dog Park: 2901 20th Street NE, Washington DC. The dog park is located between the basketball court and the swimming pool and includes about 15,000 sq ft of space divided for large/smaller dogs.
Newark Street Dog Park: 39th and Newark Street, NW Washington DC Separate play areas for large and small dogs.
S Park: 17th and S Sts., NW Washington DC. This small park is a popular meeting space for U Street and Dupont-area dog owners. Heavy traffic borders all sides of the park. Leashes are suggested.
Shaw Dog Park: 11th St. between Q and R Sts., NW. Washington DC. Dogs run unleashed. There's a three-dog maximum per person and a 33-dog park limit.
Upshur Dog Park: 4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW Washington DC. The largest dog park in DC encompasses 9500 square feet of off-leash space where dogs can roam.
Walter Pierce Park Dog Run: 1967 Calvert St., NW Washington DC. Collars must be removed, and dogs must be at least four months old to enter the run.
Maryland Dog Parks
Black Hill Regional Park: 20030 Ridge Dr., Boyds, Maryland. Montgomery County’s Black Hill Park includes a half-acre fenced dog park fitted with picnic tables. Numerous trails head off into the woods toward the nearby Little Seneca Lake.
Cabin John Regional Park: 10900 Westlake Drive Bethesda, Maryland. The new dog park includes two areas—one for large dogs and a separate area for small dogs. The dog park is completely fenced and currently FREE to use and open during regular park hours.
Gaithersburg Dog Park: Green Park, 151 Bickerstaff Way Gaithersburg, Maryland.
The park includes a tot lot, a play area, basketball courts, a tennis court, hike trails and a 1 ½ acre fenced dog exercise area.
Ridge Road Recreational Park: 21155 Frederick Rd., Germantown, Maryland. Located at the corner of Highway 355 and Ridge Road, the park is a popular meeting area and exercise spot for dogs.
Wheaton Regional Park: 2000 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton, Maryland. Wheaton’s dog park is about a half acre in size and is enclosed by a chainlink fence, making it a popular destination for owners to let their dogs run free.
College Park Dog Park: Acredale Park in College Park, Maryland. The park is open to all residents of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. You must register each dog you wish to bring to the dog park, and you must renew your registration every year.
Greenbelt Dog Park: Hanover Parkway and Hanover Drive, Greenbelt, MD. The quarter-acre fenced dog park is only open to dogs living in the City of Greenbelt. The registration fee is $5 per dog and is a lifetime permit.
Maryland City Park: Brockbridge Road, Laurel, Maryland.
The Dog Park is a public off-leash area that sits behind the baseball field There are two run areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs.
Northern Virginia Dog Parks
Baron Cameron Park: 11300 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston, Virginia. This fenced off-leash area includes water containers and a separate area for smaller dogs. It’s open from dawn until dusk.
Chandon Dog Park: 900 Palmer Dr., Herndon, Virginia. The fenced park is open from dawn to dusk and is a friendly meeting ground for dogs of all sizes.
Clarendon Park: 13th and N. Hartford Sts., Arlington, Virginia. This off-leash, fenced park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Del Ray Dog Park: 500 Monroe Ave., Alexandria, Virginia.
The fenced dog park sits next to two baseball fields
Fort Ethan Allen Community Canine Area: 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington, Virginia. The off-leash, fenced park has drinking fountains, picnic tables, benches, and a playground.
Four Mile Run Park: 3100 South Glebe Rd., Arlington, Virginia. The park has separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, a creek for swimming, and a running path.
Towers Park: 801 S. Scott St., Arlington, Virginia. Dogs must be leashed upon entering and exiting but can reign leash-free inside the fenced grounds.
Benjamin Banneker Park: 1701 North Van Buren St, Arlington, Virginia. The dog recreation area allows dogs to roam and play off-leash.
Shirlington Park: 2601 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington Virginia. The 29-acre park offers lots of space for dogs and their owners to play.