Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Dogs of Fairfax County


Welcome to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s dog webpage, where we celebrate the joy of dogs and their paw-some adventures in our parks. Get all the information you need to explore and enjoy our pet friendly places below. Grab a leash (and a waste bag or two), put on a smile, and embark on memorable outdoor fun with your furry friend!

​​Dog Daze

​Fairfax County Park Authority will be hosting its annual Dog Daze event on Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. During this end of the season event that benefits parks through the Fairfax County Park Foundation, dogs of all shapes and sizes will have the opportunity to swim and frolic throughout The Water Mine at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston). Stay tuned here to purchase tickets.​

Have a Paw-sitively Good Time at Ides of Bark

Bring your best canine friend out to Ides of Bark at Grist Mill Park (4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria) on Sunday, March 24.

Enjoy a day filled with games, prizes, food, vendors and family fun! Pet Tech instructors will give pet First Aid/CPR demonstrations and offer pet health assessments. Register your dog with Fairfax County during the event for a $10 fee (cash or check, with proof of current rabies shot). 

This free event is supported by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck and sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Dog Events and Programs

Discover a tail-wagging calendar of exciting dog events in Fairfax County! From dog-friendly festivals and parks to agility classes and obedience courses, these paw-some gatherings celebrate the canine community and provide endless fun for dogs and owners alike.

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