August 2018 Newsletter

1. If you ever drive to the Shirlington dog park we strongly urge you to submit your feedback regarding the lack of available parking the Four Mile Run Parks Master Plan and Area Master Plan will provide: 

The Jennie Dean Park concept plan permanently eliminates 43 parking spaces there.  Even with the conversion of existing 20 parallel parking spaces on the south side of Four Mile Run Drive in front of the park with 32 angled parking spaces when the current two travel lanes in each direction are reduced to only one travel lane, there will still be a net LOSS of over 30 spaces for the area near the dog park. The demand for parking from dog park visitors as well as the nearby businesses will only increase over time, making the situation even worse.

2. Far too many people are not picking up after their dogs.  We cannot expect county support of the dog park if it is not kept clean.  Park users are totally responsible for picking up the dog waste and trash.  It is important for you to remind those who are not doing so. 

3. Please 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:

4.  Bring your dog along for the 10th Annual Prevent Cancer Health Fair and 5k Walk/Run on Sunday, September 16 at Nationals Park! In addition to the route around the beautiful Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, there will be a health fair, access to the Nationals’ batting cages and dugouts, and fun activities for kids. There will also be activities for your four-legged friends, including a special dog course and a dog area with photo ops. Kids 12 and under and dogs are FREE and you can save an extra $5 off registration when you use the code NOVADOG at checkout (code expires August 31). For more information and to register, visit: