Blackjack Dog Park at Lenclair Park
BLACKJACK DOG PARK AT LENCLAIR PARK
IS COMING SOON . . . REALLY!
The weather can sometimes be unkind to a construction schedule. Such has been the case with Blackjack Dog Park. Originally expected to be completed late last fall, opening of the new off-leash dog park to serve the Groveton area has been delayed . . . perhaps in anticipation of warm spring days. With fingers crossed for no more snow, keep an eye out for notice of Blackjack Dog Park’s opening day!
This dog park, to be located at the intersection of Memorial Street and Lenclair Street in Alexandria, VA will be the Park Authority's ninth off-leash dog area. The commitment to construct the dog park was agreed to in 2005 when the Board of Supervisors approved the Beacon of Groveton rezoning application. Plans for the dog park were developed in consultation with the Park Authority and local residents. Management of the dog park will be overseen by a community volunteer sponsor group, reporting any maintenance concerns to the Park Authority.
HOW DID THE DOG PARK GET HERE?
Residents of Lee District have sought to establish an off-leash dog park to serve the area for years. The commitment to establish a dog park at Lenclair Park was formalized with the approval of the rezoning application for Beacon of Groveton, located at the southwest corner of Route 1 and Memorial Street. Through the rezoning process, the Groveton community identified the desire for an off-leash dog area to serve their community. The approval of the rezoning application in July 2005 by the Board of Supervisors included a commitment to construct the dog park at Lenclair Park.
WHERE DID THE NAME BLACKJACK DOG PARK COME FROM?
A core group from the community helped to guide the design of the dog park. A frequent attendee of these meetings was Blackjack, the beloved black lab of a local resident. Blackjack patiently sat through many discussions and had visions of one day frolicking in the future dog park. Unfortunately, Blackjack passed away before construction could begin. In honor of his tireless efforts to bring a dog park to his fellow canines, the new dog park bears his name.
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE DOG PARK?
Once Blackjack Dog Park is open to the public, a community volunteer sponsor group will help see to the day-to-day operations of the dog park, monitoring the cleanliness of the facility, publicizing dog park rules and regulations, and reporting maintenance concerns to the Park Authority. The sponsor group will also serve as a liaison between dog park users, local residents, Animal Control, and the Police Department. Contact information for the sponsor group will be posted at the dog park. If you have concerns or suggestions, the sponsor group should be able to help direct your questions. And, as always, questions and comments can be shared with the Park Authority through e-mail at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or by calling 703-324-8662.
HOW CAN I MAKE BLACKJACK DOG PARK A SUCCESS?
A big part of the success of any local dog park is the proper training of the dog owners. Follow the posted rules, clean up after your pup, and extend general courtesy to all. Want a bigger role in the success? Join the sponsor group in their efforts to make Blackjack Dog Park a great place to be - for people and dogs.