Downtown Arlington is seeking additional funding for our first ever off-leash dog area, “Doggie Depot.” Doggie Depot will serve as a one-stop station for residents and visitors alike to embark on a journey of fun, fitness, and newfound friendship through pet socialization.
Downtown Arlington’s Doggie Depot will include ADA access, running water, lighting, dog waste stations, play areas for both small and large dogs, and eco-friendly fencing with mesh openings and an anti-climb design.
After being awarded a competitive grant of $75,000 from Project for Public Spaces and General Motors to supplement the construction of a new off-leash dog area in Downtown Arlington, we placed idea boards around the city and asked people what they would like to see at the new dog area. These boards engaged over 1,000 people with common answers including a gathering space, shaded seating, and various dog-centric events.
Why are we doing it and who does it serve?
One of the biggest things our residents have in common, regardless of their housing type, is pet ownership. Data from our 2022 Downtown Resident Survey showed 40% of respondents had a pet. Another question found that residents have been dissatisfied by the lack of pet-specific destinations within walking distance of their residences.
Due to the absence of an identified space, downtown’s pet population does not currently have adequate access to open green spaces, pushing people to walk their dogs in the unsafe fields of our proposed site. These fields currently have no lighting, no fencing, and no pet-friendly infrastructure, nor do they receive adequate lawn care. For this reason, more and more residents are also walking their dogs on the sidewalks near our commercial properties and leaving waste in inappropriate locations. This presents a health and safety concern for our residents and visitors and prevents our pet population from receiving necessary off-leash exercise.
Thanks to a Community Placemaking Grant from Project for Public Spaces, we've collaborated to create the strong support, vision, and design through the community engagement process.
How is it funded?
This project is privately funded. If your family or organization would like to get involved, please view our Capital Campaign levels or "buy a brick" campaign.
The Doggie Depot is partially funded by a generous grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.
The initial funding was provided by a “Community Placemaking Grant” for $75K from General Motors and Project for Public Spaces.
The project needs to reach its $52,000 private fundraising goal by the end of March to leverage up to $175,000 in outstanding grant funds.