June 2018 Newsletter

1. Last month the County board adopted the Four Mile Run Valley Policy Framework.  This included language that maintains the Shirlington dog park at its current size and configuration. This is in no small part to all of you who have voiced your support for our dog park.  We still need to make sure that funds become available to make the improvements that were recommended by the Dog Park Committee.  With my urging the Planning Commission passed a motion to have the County take steps to reclaim the land that a private business has been using to store vehicles and trash next to the middle gate.  County staff has agreed to have the encroachments removed and reestablish for park use.  For more info visit:

2. To prevent further erosion of the stream bank and the dog park please do not walk along outside of the fence bordering the park on the side facing the stream and remind those you see.  Signs are posted on either end of the fence.

3. Now that it is summer more of you will want to go down to the stream with your dog.  Remember that the stream is NOT part of the Shirlington dog park and can be dangerous. Four Mile Run is an urban stream that at any time can carry a variety of pollutants as well as debris that can harm your dog and you.  For more info please visit: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/parksfacilities/dog-parks/dog-play-stream/

4.  The fifth annual Pops for Pets Concert is Sunday, June 24 at 6:00 PM at the Lubber Run Amphitheater.  This is a free concert celebrating the work being done by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.  If your pups enjoy music they are invited as well.  For more info: http://www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org/