DC's largest Public Dog park

nestled between
Capitol Hill & Navy Yard

VADP Howl-idays Yappy Hour

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. (and beyond)

Get ready for the festive time of year with your pup at the VADP Howl-Day Yappy Hour at The Brig's heated outdoor bier garden, just a few blocks from the park. Don your ugly Christmas sweater or fanciest canine holiday attire and come celebrate with other Virginia Ave Dog Park friends at our free, semi-annual yappy hour fundraiser!

Blithesome Bonuses:

  • A $10 donation gets a wrist-band for happy hour drink prices all night long!

  • A $10 donation gets a digital photo with Santa (dogs and/or humans welcome)!

This is an entirely VADP volunteer-run event and 100% of funds raised will be used to support the dog park maintenance and future upgrades. Fysa, Santa has been vaccinated and boosted.

Welcome to the home of the official Virginia Avenue Dog Park partners website! We are a community group volunteering our time and energy to help organize, maintain, and support DC'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; 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: