James Hunter Park: Dog Park and Community Plaza
This is a good example of:Creating a multi-use park for people, dogs, landscaping and stormwater management
Arlington Virginia’s James Hunter Park is more than a dog park. It is a sustainable community gathering place within two blocks of the Clarendon Metro stop. The park serves a large population of dog owners as well as nearby residents and workers. More than 8,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of the park and nearly 15,000 more work in the area.
In addition to the community canine area, the .17 acre space includes an open grassy area, a plaza area with tables and chairs, and a path meandering through a native planting demonstration garden. Arlington worked with Alfred State College in New York to design the park’s solar irrigation and water management systems. In addition, the park’s signage is part of a public art project.
While the park is widely used by dogs and neighbors alike, there have been complaints about the design. Some see the fountain’s chlorinated water as dangerous for dogs, and others have expressed concern about the lack of shade and the fine canine-area gravel stirring up dust.