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Ellsworth Urban Park – Dog Park

Division: Park Planning and Stewardship

Project Description

The first of its kind in Montgomery County, Ellsworth Urban Dog Park will occupy the southwestern corner of Ellsworth Urban Park, which is located at 621 Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring Maryland. The location is currently a large lawn area shaded by mature canopy trees and sloping up to an under utilized paved area with deteriorating shade structures, benches and wooden planters. The goal of the project is to utilize as much of the park’s existing fabric as feasible to provide a safe, accessible and enjoyable exercise area for the dogs and owners residing in the high density residential community adjacent to Ellsworth Urban Park and beyond. The dog park will consist of two separate, fully enclosed and Americans with Disabilities Act compliant exercise areas: a small dog area (approximately 2,800 square feet) intended for dogs under 20 pounds, and a large dog area (approximately 17,000 square feet) intended for healthy, well-socialized dogs over 20 pounds. Each enclosure will include a drinking fountain, hose bib or quick coupler connection, artificial turf play mound, benches, shared shade structure, trash receptacles, and a variety of surfacing materials. The dog park will be fully accessible from the sidewalk along Colesville Road, through a secure, double gated entry system. Sleeves under paved areas may be provided where appropriate for future installation of electrical conduit and lighting.


Urban Dog Parks have been identified as one of the park facilities with the greatest need and demand in areas of high population density by the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan and the 2012 Park Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. Following an extensive site selection study, community meeting and public comment period, Ellsworth Urban Park was selected as the ideal site for a pilot urban dog park project.

For more information regarding the site selection study and possible locations for future dog parks, click here.

Status/Project Update

The Ellsworth Dog Park is now open! The park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. It is closed for routine maintenance every Monday from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. For specific maintenance concerns, please call 301-670-8080.

Please join us for a community celebration and ribbon cutting on 24 September, from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm (rain date of 25 September).

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Opportunities for public participation are shown below. Links to review meeting presentations and notes will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

October 30, 2013 Community Meeting
– Meeting invitation
– Presentation
– Public comments
– Survey results
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
April 24, 2014 Planning Board Presentation
– Item #6 of Site Selection Analysis and Revised Concept Drawing
– Meeting notice
– Planning Board memo
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Summer 2014 Construction documentation and permitting
Fall 2015 Construction begins
June 15, 2016
Construction complete and park opens
September 24, 2016
11:00am – 2:00pm
Community celebration and ribbon cutting (rain date is September 25th) Ellsworth Urban Park
621 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD

M-NCPPC Staff Contacts

For questions about the design of Ellsworth Dog Park contact:
Aaron Feldman, Project Manager

For questions about the Dog Park Site Selection Initiative contact:
Dominic Quattrocchi, Park Planner

Last Updated: January 24, 2020