Planning and Improvements

Fairfax County, Virginia


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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. The Park Authority conducted a dog park survey which was open from November 2019 to December 15, 2019. The purpose of the survey was to collect information from the public to better understand use, concerns, and future needs for dog parks in Fairfax County.

Thank you for your feedback.

The Park Authority would like to thank those who participated in the dog park survey and provided feedback. Your input is invaluable. The Park Authority received over 4,600 responses to the survey and many electronic comments which will help guide dog park planning in Fairfax County.

Who we heard From.

Dog Park Survey Infographic





Who we heard From.

Over the next several months information from the survey and submitted comments will be analyzed as part of the Park Authority’s dog park research, which will be synthesized in the final Dog Park Study Report. The report will include analysis, results from the survey, and recommendations as it relates to dog parks within the county. Please check this page for updates regularly.

Study Updates and Questions.

The survey and associated comment period has closed. The comments received will inform the draft Dog Park Study report which is being prepared this winter and spring. The draft report will be posted on this webpage when complete and will be open for public comment at that time. In the interim, any questions about the Dog Park Study can be sent to


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