We asked Jennifer Makeeff, owner of DC Dog Sitter—which not only walks dogs but takes them on adventures—to help us select some favorites.
Pro: At 17th and S, Northwest, this DC park has AstroTurf, which Makeeff says is typically gentle on paws and doesn’t get muddy.
Con: It’s small and can get crowded, plus after stretches without rain, the AstroTurf may smell of urine.
Pro: This District park on 11th between Q and R streets, Northwest, has separate areas for large and small dogs. “We like that there’s space to run,” Makeeff says.
Con: The surface is crushed stone, which she says can get stuck in paws and can get messy, especially after rain.
Pro: This park in South Arlington has lots of room for the animals to run as well as separate areas for large and small dogs.
Con: Some owners may be inattentive, she says, and some dogs aggressive. Plus, the water there can have elevated bacteria levels in warm months and after storms.
Pro: This South Arlington park is shady and grassy and has room for dogs to run. It’s next to tennis courts, and there are often old tennis balls to play with.
Con: “Nothing,” Makeeff says. “This is one of our favorite parks right now.”
This article appears in the May 2019 issue of Washingtonian.