1600 S. Hayes St.
Design Process Begins: 4th Quarter 2020
Design Process Ends: 4th Quarter 2020
Construction Begins: 2nd Quarter 2021
Construction Ends: 2nd Quarter 2021
About the Project
The Virginia Highlands Temporary Dog Run project is a proposal to develop a small portion of casual use space on the north end of Virginia Highlands Park into a temporary dog run. This space is located between the baseball diamond and the pétanque courts off 15th Street South. The proposed dog run includes separate areas to accommodate both large and small dogs, fencing with screening in some areas, natural grass surfacing, double entry gates, maintenance gates, repurposed and ADA accessible benches, dog waste receptacles, a message board, and standard County signage. There is a water source (spigot) that is currently located near the proposed site and can be used to fill dog water bowls. The proposed temporary dog run will be open from sunrise to 10 p.m. in accordance with the Virginia Highlands Park hours of operation. Certain amenities in Virginia Highlands Park are currently lighted. There is potential to add lighting to the temporary dog run if there is support from the community and if there is adequate electrical capacity, infrastructure, and funding.
If approved, this park will be available for community use until a park master plan is developed for Virginia Highlands Park and there is funding to construct the improvements. The temporary dog park will also be reviewed annually to ensure it is operating safely and in accordance with the County’s policies regarding temporary park uses and facilities.
This proposal was originally brought to the Department of Parks and Recreation by the dog park sponsor group, Pentagon City Dogs, in October of 2019. A preliminary site review and project evaluation helped determine that this is an appropriate site for a temporary dog run. According to the 2019 Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP), there is limited access to dog parks the Crystal City area and there is a need for three additional dog parks in Arlington by the year 2035. For smaller spaces that still have a high need, the PSMP recommends dog runs as a way to help offset the need for dog parks. This proposal will help meet the goals identified in the 2019 PSMP.
Arlington County describes dog runs as an area of land (2,000 sq ft minimum) dedicated to relief needs and light exercise for dogs.
About the Process
This and all temporary amenity requests must undergo a proposal review and site evaluation process. These processes have been completed and a draft dog park design will be presented during the community engagement process, which will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020. Please look out for a community engagement opportunity to learn more and provide your feedback.
Nov 2020: The County shared a video presentation and collected community feedback on the proposed temporary dog run as well as a draft design through an online form. Take a look at the community comments here and the presentation slides to review at your own pace. View community comments here.
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