8 Arlington Dog Parks, Ranked

The county has eight sanctioned off-leash dog parks. We break them down for you with the help of our canine critic, Pepe.

Our critic, Pepe

Your furry friend is getting a bit restless and needs to release some energy. Luckily,  Arlington County has eight officially sanctioned off-leash dog parks where pups can run, play, smell other dogs and fetch that grimy tennis ball to their little heart’s content.

For the lowdown on these offerings, we recruited the help of Pepe, a 2-year-old chihuahua/pinscher mix adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington who now lives in Rosslyn. He tested each park and offers his reviews.

Note: There are important rules and regulations to heed in all Arlington County dog parks. All dogs must be licensed and older than four months, and poop must be picked up. Each of the parks below closes 30 minutes after sunset with the exception of Fort Bernard (9 p.m.) and Towers Park, which has lights and stays open until 10 p.m.


Benjamin Banneker Dog Park. Photo by Matt Blitz.

#8 Benjamin Banneker Dog Park

Address: 1680 N. Sycamore Street

Sponsor Group: Banneker Dogs

Size: Moderate; part of the 11-acre Banneker Park.

Parking: A medium-size parking lot is available. There are “no parking” signs in the neighborhood, so street parking is not an option.

Defining Feature: Renovations are pending. Last May, the community voted on design details for a new renovated park that’s estimated to open by the end of 2019, featuring synthetic grass, an ADA-accessible entrance and a concrete splash pad for pups.

Pepe’s Take: “I’m excited for the renovations though I’m partial to natural grass. I do like that this place has a separate small dog park. Sometimes big dogs can be too much for me to handle.”

Categories: Community, Pets
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