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Yellow Pages: Dog
It is really exciting that Dog Parks (aka Off Leash Dog Areas) are
gaining popularity in this area - new ones are springing up all
the time! MetroPets realizes that Dog Parks are a wonderful way
to exercise and socialize our dogs and ourselves. Please feel free
to let us -- and MetroPets users -- know about these special places
by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. The aim of this
page is to list only those parks that are "open admissions"
and don't disqaulify certain breeds of dog. Please make
sure that you know the rules of the park before entering. Many of
the parks listed below have the rules posted on a website - also
the rules will be posted at the entrance to the park
DCDOG (Dog Owner's Group) is an action group for the development
of dog parks in the District of Columbia. Interested DC residents
can subscribe to their yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DCDOG/.
Cemetery, 18th & Potomac Ave, SE: open anytime.
Fenced-in, safe environment for off-lead romps and training.
- Lincoln Park: Capital Hill,11th/N.Carolina
(cross street is Massachusetts Ave) . Popular from 6-9 am and
- Malcolm X/Meridian Hill: 16th Street, NW (no
- Military Road/Oregon Avenue: Unofficial dog gathering
site by first parking lot off Military Rd.
- The grounds of the National Cathedral
- Walter Pierce Park (supporting group Adams
1967 Calvert Street NW, Washington DC, 20009
more listings see:
Quiet Waters Park. 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd. Annapolis MD
times: 7:00am to dusk closed Tuesdays
Two large fenced areas for dogs
to run off-leash; one open space is designated for large dogs
and one for small or elderly dogs. Also small beach for dogs to
swim. Dog park closes ½ hour before park closing time. Park Fees: Daily
vehicle $5, Annual vehicle $30. Military personnel with current ID
- Broadneck Park near Cape St. Claire
Take Rt 2 to College Pkw (the road Anne Arundel Community College
is on). Once you're on College Parkway you'll go about 3 miles
and Broadneck park is on the right. It's a small entrance so it
would be easy to miss. The dog area is right as you get into the
park on the left.
There are no parking, entrance or dog area fees. For the Anne
Arundel county parks you are required to have a valid rabies vaccine
and county license from whatever county you live in.
- Maryland City dog park
- Bell Branch Park in Crofton
151 Bickerstaff Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
The Dog Exercise Area (DEA) in Green Park
is an approximately 1 ½ acre fenced area (two sections: 17,000
sq. ft. and 43,000 sq. ft.) where you can take your dog off leash.
City residents must have a current pet license for each dog in
order to use the facility. Pet license applications are available
at City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue, or you may call 301-258-6343
and request that one be mailed to you. Applications also are downloadable
from the above website. Nonresidents must have a DEA membership
in order to use the facility. DEA Membership applications are
available at City Hall or call 301-258-6343 and request that one
be mailed to you (applications are not available on the web).
Nonresidents must submit the following for membership:
Memberships are valid for one year from issuance.
- Completed application for each dog
- Current Rabies Certificate for each dog
- Current photograph of each dog
- $50 fee for each dog
The dog park at Black Hills Regional Park is now open. There are
no fees and plenty of parking. Quiet park with shade trees and
benches for humans. Click here for details.
The dog park at Wheaton Regional Park opened on Saturday, January
11th 2003. Click here for details.
The newly built Ridge Road Park included a dog park from the start!
Very active, friendly park, few places to sit and no shade. Click here for details.
Exercise parks in Montgomery County, MD
- Indoor Dog Park! Each Saturday beginning on Nov 18th
2006, Dogtopia will host an indoor dog park at their 10,000 sqft
state-of-the-art facility in North Bethesda, MD. For more info,
Dogtopia (formerly Happy Tails Dog Spa)
4920 Wyaconda Rd
- Urbana/Frederick area
Greenbriar Pet Resort & Veterinary Center
Contact person: Sharon Kessler
3051 Thurston Road, Frederick, MD, 21704
Comments: Free public Dog Park. First and only off-leash dog park in the Urbana/Frederick area. Open
Sunrise to Sunset;
7 days a week;
2 areas (1 for large dogs and 1 for small dogs);
Gazebo for shade/shelter;
Nature trail for on-leash walks.
There is also a group working towards a dog park in Frederick:
Contact person: Dawn Deane-Henderson
Mailing address: 5137 McLauren Lane, Frederick, MD
Comments: Now Forming, Barkers
Anonymous-Frederick County Dog Owners Group. To promote
responsible dog ownership and a Community Connection in Frederick
Drive near Enfield Chase Neighborhood Park. This exercise area
is nearly an acre and is grass-covered. There are two fenced-in areas within the one-acre park. The larger area is for general dog play. The smaller area is for smaller dogs, puppies (older than 4 months), or shy dogs not wanting to participate in the general dog play area. There is off-street parking and the dog park is open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. A local dog-owners' association
initiated the request for the exercise area, which will be operated
and maintained by a partnership between this group and the City.
The animal control warden is to open and close the park each day.
The College Park Dog Park opened on October 19, 2002 at
Acredale Park in College Park, MD. Citizens of Montgomery and
Prince Georges counties can apply for a permit to exercise their
dogs there. Applications for permits are available for downloading
online at http://www.cpdogpark.org/.
Applications can also be obtained by writing the College Park
Dog Park Assoc. at P.O. Box 764 in College Park. The fee for a
permit is $40 per year for the first dog and $30 for a second
Greenbelt Dog Park
Hanover Parkway and Hanover Drive. The City of Greenbelt has one,
quarter-acre fenced dog park, which is only open to dogs living
in the City. Land for the park was donated by a developer, who
thought the parcel was too small for another use. The registration fee for the Greenbelt Dog
is $5 per dog and is a lifetime permit. Currently, permits are limited
Open 5:00 am to 11:00 pm daily
Maryland City Park, Brockbridge Road, Laurel, MD
There are two run areas (one for large
dogs, one for small dogs). Water fountain provided. The Dog Park
is a public off-leash area that sits behind the baseball field.
The Dog Park is located on Brockbridge Road. You can get to it
from either Rte 197 or Rte 198 depending on where you live in
Off-Leash Area at Worthington
Park on Hillsborough Road, Ellicott City.
Hours: dawn to dusk daily except closed Thursdays Fenced, trees,
parking $40 annual permit or $5 daily permit required.
- Take 103,
turn on New Cut Rd, go about 3/4 mile, make a right on Hillsborough,
it's on the left. Howard
County Dog Owners Group. Join the Yahoogroup,
or email email@example.com.
White Plains Dog Park, Charles County
White Plains Dog Park is a public off-leash area operated and
maintained by Charles County Government's Department of Public
Facilities. The Dog Park is located in White Plains Regional Park
which is at the intersecion of St. Charles Parkway and DeMarr
Road (1015 St. Charles Parkway). From Waldorf: travel sourth on
U.S. 301 to White Plains, turn left on DeMarr Road. Travel 1.5
miles to stop sign. The park is directly across intersection.
E Lee Memorial Park
Falls road. There is a pond and many trails for walking. Dogs
must be on leash ($75 fine). It is north of Baltimore.
- Grays Road Dog Park
There are two run areas (one for large dogs, one for small dogs).
Water fountain. Two more fenced areas coming soon.
Directions: MD-Rt. 4 South to MD-Rt. 506 (Sixes Rd.). Left onto
Grays Rd. (Pardners Farm is at corner of Sixes and Grays.) Go
mile on Grays Road, and dog park is on the left (past Battle Creek
Nature Education Center). Signage is not yet installed; so look
for the on site storage building.
more listings see:
Arlington Dogs web
for updates on new parks and directions to all parks listed below
Park, 3191 South Utah St., Arlington, VA 22206
Banneker Park, 1701 North Van Buren St, Arlington,
VA 11105 (near the East Falls Church metro).
Park, 2601 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington 22206.
Fort Barnard Corner of South Pollard Street and South
Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22206
- Clarendon Park
13th, Herndon and Hartford Streets.
Towers Community Canine Area, 801 South Scott Street,
Arlington 22204. Water supply is available. A lot of shade provided
by trees in the park.
- Madison Community Center (official name is
Fort Ethan Allen Park), 3829 North Stafford Street,
Arlington 22207. Totally fenced.
Park, 301 S. Harrison
St, Arlington 22204. Not fenced.
Alexandria (City of)
- Fenced Dog Parks:
- Del Ray Dog Park at Simpson
Stadium, Monroe Avenue.
Street Dog Park Park Location: Duke Street beside the new Charles E Beatley Jr Central Library (5005 Duke Street)
- Montgomery Park at the corner of Fairfax and 1st
- Ben Brenman
Park by Backlick Creek
- Unfenced sites, Dog Exercise Areas:
County - as of March 2006, there are 6 dog parks in
Fairfax County (at Oakton, Reston, Lorton, Annandale, Centreville
and Herndon) and plans in process for more.
- Oakton - Blake Lane Park, at the intersection
of Blake Lane and Bushman Drive. Sponsored by Oakton Dogs
- Reston - Baron Cameron, on Wiehle Avenue at
Baron Cameron Drive. Sponsored by Reston
- Lorton- South Run District Park in Springfield
near Lee Chapel Rd & Fairfax Co Pkwy. Sponsored by Lorton Dogs
- Herndon - Chandon Park at the south end of
Palmer Drive. Sponsored by Herndon
- Annandale Annandale - Mason District Park in
Annandale off Columbia Pike. Sponsored by Mason District Dog Opportunity
Group (Mason District D.O.G.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Centreville - Quinn Farm Park Off-Leash Dog
15150 Old Lee Road, Centreville, VA. Sponsored by Centreville
Dogs; Email CentrevilleDogs@yahoo.com
(not a Fairfax County dog park, but provided by the Vienna Parks
& Recreation Department) - Moorefield Park, off Courthouse Road
(700 Courthouse Rd SW). The sponsoring group is Vienna Dogs. Email
Ruff House Dog Park
Jessica Sanchez Tucker, email: email@example.com
PO Box 40, Chesterfield
Dog Park Efforts in Northern Virginia
South Alexandria (Fairfax
County) Mount Vernon Area DOG
Responsible Dog Ownership
Group (RDOG) of Loudoun. E-mail to RDOGBoard@aol.com
more updated listings see:
For more terrific
information on dog parks nationwide, visit Dogpark.com or the Offleash Dogs Web Ring
(a free web ring for dog parks and people advocating offleash dog
play. Members are all around the world.)
Is there a dog park
we haven't listed? Have a comment or update on a current listing? Please let us know! For a new listing, the more information you provide, the more useful is the listing.