Off-leash Dog Area, Fairfax County Park Authority
The Fairfax County Park Authority has always welcomed leashed dogs in all of its parks. Now, for owners of well-mannered canines who enjoy a good run or a friendly romp, there's the additional option of dog parks - fenced areas where unleashed dogs can have free play. At present, there are seven established dog parks. Additional off-leash dog areas are in the planning stage.
All of the dog parks are public/private partnerships, developed in cooperation with sponsoring organizations of pet owners. The sponsors are the agency's liaison between users and local residents, Animal Control and the Police Department. They monitor and clean up the facilities, publicize dog park rules and regulations, and report maintenance needs to the Park Authority.
Users of off-leash dog areas do so at their own risk. Neither Fairfax County nor the Fairfax County Park Authority shall be liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog in the off-leash area.
The hours of operation of all off-leash dog areas are dawn to dusk, unless posted otherwise.
Established: September 2001
Capacity: 40 dogs
Special Features: Water supply and separate area for small dogs (under 25 lbs.)
Sponsor: RestonDogs, Inc.
Established: June 2000
Capacity: 25 dogs
Sponsor: OaktonDogs, Inc.
Established: January 4, 2003
Capacity: 42 dogs
Sponsor: Herndon Dogs, Inc.
Established: April 2006
Capacity: 64 dogs
Special Features: Interior space is one acre of bluestone dust surface. Clean and dry.
Sponsor: Mt. Vernon Dog Opportunity Group
Established: March 2006
Capacity: 90 dogs (80 large/10 small)
Special Features: Separate area for small dogs (under 25 lbs.)
Established: June 2002
Capacity: 62 dogs
Sponsor: Mason District Dog Opportunity Group
Established: December 2001
Capacity: 85 dogs
Sponsor: Lorton Dogs, Inc.