Virginia is for Dog Lovers

    Pooches Have Places to Play in Prince William and Manassas Areas

    Dog Park

    By Katherine Gotthardt

    Are you looking for a dog-friendly place to play?  A dog park might be the answer.  According to the ASPCA, “Dog parks are becoming more popular all across the United States. They range in size and design but all share the same purpose: to provide a place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs. Although they’re not for everyone, dog parks can benefit both people and their pets.”

    Prince William County and surrounding areas offer a number of places for your pooch and you to spend quality time.

    The park at the Prince William County Animal Shelter (14807 Bristow Road, Manassas) is conveniently located off Dumfries Road.  The Animal Shelter, a bureau of the County Police Department, in partnership with the Prince William Humane Society, operates this park, which was the first in the County. The park opened Oct. 27, 2012.

    This dog park operates daily from sunrise to dusk and is open to the public. There is no charge to bring your dogs to the park, though the Prince William Humane Society accepts donations.  There are rules and regulations, which must be observed.

    Convenient to Bristow, Gainesville and Warrenton is the Vint Hill Dog Park at 4263Aiken Drive, Warrenton.  This dog park is open on 1.25 partially wooded acres.

    The Vint Hill Dog Park is not funded by the local government and relies 100% on donations from park users and supporters.

    The park is open to the public, operating from dawn to dusk. Rules and regulations apply.

    On the other side of Prince William County is K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park.  This park is located at 13000 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge.  The park was made possible by Prince William County Dogs (PWC Dogs), which was founded in 2011 as part of an effort to bring public, off-leash playgrounds for dogs to Prince William County.

    In April 2013, the K-9 Gunner Memorial Park was built with the support of community donations and efforts on behalf of PWC Dogs, PWC Parks and Rec, Lake Ridge Parks and Rec Association, Supervisor Mike May, the PWC Board of Supervisors and the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition.

    This dog park is also open sunrise to sunset.  Donations and volunteers are welcome.

    In Manassas Park at Costello Park (99 Adams Street) is another dog park.  This park is reserved for Manassas Park residents, and visitors may be required to show proof of residency. Besides the dog park, there are two softball fields, five baseball fields, pavilions and the Manassas Park Community Center.

    This dog park is open sunrise to sunset and features a large and small dog run.  Dogs must be current on all vaccinations.  There are other rules that apply to dogs and their owners as well.

    Dog parks can provide excellent opportunities for physical and mental exercise as dogs run, play and learn new skills.  Owners have the chance to meet other dog lovers, and all get a chance to interact in the fresh air.  Check out one of the local parks today, and let us know your thoughts!


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