After years in ruff condition, Del Ray dog parks to soon reopen

After two years of reconstruction, two Del Ray dog parks will be reopening to the public over the next several months.

The formerly dusty, not-grassy Simpson Dog Park at 521 E. Monroe Avenue is expected to open within the next three-to-four months, according to the city. The work includes tree and sod plantings, grading and stormwater improvements.

“The majority of the work is complete, although there are important items remaining to allow the park to safely open to the public,” according to the city’s Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities.

Improvements to the half-acre dog run at Mount Jefferson Park and Greenway (2607A E. Randolph Avenue) are also nearly finished, the city says.

“With the exception of the Dog Park, Mount Jefferson Park is open for public use,” DRPCA told us in an email. “The grading plan for the dog park to correct drainage is approved and improvement activities are anticipated to begin within the next two weeks. Weather permitting, the dog park is anticipated to open late May or early June after turf establishment.”

The two-year construction schedule has irked some residents.

“It’s puzzling that Alexandria, a city that prides itself on being dog-friendly, takes two years to build these dog parks,” a Del Ray resident said.

Photos via Facebook and City of Alexandria