Dog Park Basics

A dog park is a place where people and their dogs can play together. These facilities offer dogs off-leash play areas while their people enjoy the park-like setting. Amenities, such as fencing, water, parking, and even grass, vary greatly among these places, but ‘off-leash’ and ‘park’ are the key elements that dog owners (who are also taxpayers and voters) desire. Although most dog parks have rules that are clear upon entering, there is also some dog park etiquette every dog owner should be aware of and be sure to obey.

For some dog owners, a dog park may provide the main opportunity for dog guardians to socialize with other people and their dogs, and is a primary source of recreation. We believe that they deserve to have their taxpayer dollars used towards a safe, accessible place where they can meet other people and exercise themselves and their dogs. Dog owners should be aware of the rules when entering a dog park for the first time, and they should always monitor their dog and how the dog is playing and socializing with other dogs. Aggression is never good and picking up after the dog is essential.

In this section is information about starting a dog park. We value your suggestions and success stories about how your own dog park operates, resources you like, improvements you’d make. Please let us know and we’ll share your stories.

Above all, please be courteous to other dog owners and ensure that your dog is getting along with the other dogs in the dog park. You wouldn’t want another dog to start a fight with your dog, and you wouldn’t want to step in a pile of dog poop!