Since 2005 Shirlington Dogs II has been the Arlington County, Virginia recognized volunteer Sponsoring Group working with the County in maintaining the Shirlington Dog Park as a clean, safe, and enjoyable place for dogs and their owners.
Shirlington Dogs II is a non-profit corporation certified in the state of Virginia and a tax deductible, 501(c)(3) organization with a volunteer board of directors who assist with the daily park maintenance.
The current board members are: Keith Fred, Tina Worden, Natalie Carr, and Carlton Willis, .
Arlington County requires each of its dog parks to have a sponsoring group that assists in the day-to-day running of these parks. Notably in addition, Shirlington Dogs II coordinates with the County on issues involving the park, provides the poop bags, organizes clean-up events, and identifies corporate and other sponsors to support and assist in this endeavor.
The Shirlington Dog Park was established over thirty years ago and was one of the first officially recognized off-leash dog exercise areas in the region. Being approximately two acres in size, its narrow, quarter-mile length with an accessible trail, runs along an urban stream on the one side and warehouse buildings on the other. There is also a separate adjoining area for small dogs. It is open every day of the year during daylight hours and receives over 200,000 visits annually. It consistently is named one of the best dog parks in the region, including in the June 2018 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine. The Shirlington Dog Park was also recently picked as the top dog park in the country by the company Link AKC.