Planning and Improvements

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 204
Fairfax, Virginia

Ryan J. Stewart,
Park Planning Supervisor

Dog Park Study

Background and Purpose

The Fairfax County Park Authority is conducting an in-depth study of Off-Leash Dog Areas (i.e. dog parks) in Fairfax county. The purpose of the study is to assess current and future needs and priorities for dog parks throughout the county, and to adopt strategies for long-term planning, development, and management of dog parks.

The areas of evaluation of this study include:

  • Off Leash Dog Area County-Wide Need and Accessibility
  • Design and Site Placement Guidelines
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Rules & Etiquette
  • Sponsorship & Volunteer Groups

Public Input

Public feedback is critical to the success of the dog park study. Currently, there are two ways for you to participate.

Take the dog park survey.

To better understand use, concerns, and future needs for dog parks in Fairfax County, we are asking residents to participate in the dog park survey. You can participate between now and December 15, 2019.

Dog Park Survey

Give us your comments.

In addition to the survey, comments are welcome and encouraged throughout the duration of the study. Leave a comment and tell us what you think! Comments regarding the Dog Park Study can be shared through

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