DC's largest Public Dog park

nestled between
Capitol Hill & Navy Yard

Upcoming VADP Events:

MOnthly Cleaning

Tuesday, June 29, 7:30p @ the Dog Park Our monthly cleaning and sanitizing of the park will take place. The park will be closed to dogs but human volunteers are welcome. Join us and help out!

Yappy Hour

Wednesday, June 30, 6-9p @ The Brig
We're hosting our first post-pandemic Yappy Hour a block away from the park at The Brig's outdoor, dog-friendly biergarden! A $10 donation buys a wristband to get happy hour specials all night long past the usual cut off time! Bring your pup!
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4th of July Parade

Sunday, July 4 @ 9:45 a.m.
We'll be marching in the Capitol Hill 4th of July Parade! Join us at 9:45 am to assemble and march up 8th Street at 10 a.m.. Dress yourself and your pup in patriotic attire! We'll have bandanas for sale for $5, all funds go to support the park!
Learn more and join us

Welcome to the home of the official "Virginia Avenue Dog Park partners" group! We help maintain and support DC DPR's Virginia Avenue Dog Park, a free, public dog park located in SE DC, between Capitol Hill and Navy Yard.

We are your neighbors and community volunteers, not paid representatives of DPR, who are a self-organizing community group volunteering our time and energy to help organize and maintain the dog park as a safe, clean, public space.

DC DPR manages the hard park infrastructure and basic services (water to the fountains, fences, installing trees, benches, sand, and trash can emptying) but requires local community "Dog Park Partner" groups (like us) to self-organize, pay for, and do the regular maintenance work including:

  • Act as a local community organizer for DC DPR that supports responsible dog ownership, healthy, and well-trained dogs, along with fun and educational community events

  • Purchasing supplies like poop and trash bags, sanitizing fluids, hoses, gloves, rakes, shovels, and other maintenance supplies

  • Doing the work of trash pick up, sanitizing spraying, filling the poop bag dispensers, ordering and restocking these supplies

  • Fundraising, organizing, and coordinating volunteers to execute all of the previous items

If you enjoy the park and want to see it thrive as a safe and clean community resource, please get involved:

Our all-volunteer board of residents does the dirty work that keeps the park clean, healthy, and functioning:from fundraising for the park and necessary supplies and features, to actually sanitizing the park.
The dog park is located in Washington DC's Virginia Ave Park between the Capitol Hill and Navy Yard neighborhoods. It's bordered by L St. SE, 11th St. SE, 9th St. SE, and the 695 Southeast Freeway.

What we've done

Since we're all volunteers and all community / self-funded, we've had to be creative with our fundraising models and events: