Dog parks are areas in which there are a number of different activities for a dog owner to experience with his/her favorite four legged friend. These parks are quickly becoming increasingly popular and knowing where one can find a dog park when on a trip is something that could give them some great adventures for their pet while vacationing.
1. Cosmo Dog Park, Gilbert AZ
This dog park has been rated the number one dog park in the nation in a number of different magazines and internet polls. This park offers a number of special indulgences for one’s pooch. These include a man made swimming area, four acres to run and discover on, a dock for those dogs who enjoy jumping, a beach for those dogs who’d rather not get into the water, and a number of different areas to exercise some of which include walls for climbing and tubes for exploring.
2. Bark Park at Snyder Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL
This dog park is unique in that it employs monitors to watch the dogs. This means that if dogs are not having a good day and the owners are not leaving with them that the monitor will make sure that all dogs and owners are able to have a good time. This dog park does have a small entrance fee or an annual pass can be purchased to help employ staff.
3. Point Isabel Regional Shoreline Dog Park, Richmond, CA
There are a number of special things about this park. One of the best is that it is located on the shore so there are lots of areas for the dogs to play and get dirty. There are also dog washing areas where one is able to either wash their own dog or pay to have someone else do it as well as offering cafes where there are treats for both the dog and owner.
4. Bear Dog Park, Roseville, CA
This park has been noted as having some of the best doggie fun for smaller breed dogs. There is a special area for these smaller pooches and there are even lighted trails so that the parks can be enjoyed at night.
5. Friends Forever Dog Park, Freeport, IL
This dog park is known for having large amounts of equipment for dogs to play and exercise on. In the summer dogs can also enjoy swimming in the swimming area.
6. Robert L. Nelson Dog Park, Goshen, IN
This park offers a wonderful pavilion that can keep dog owners out of the sun and rain. This pavilion is located in the middle of the park and allows for easy viewing of the entire park.
7. Alum Creek Dog Park, Lewis Center, OH
This dog park offers the best doggie beach in the United States. Along with the amazing rock beach there are also Rolling Meadows and wooded areas so that all types of dogs can find enjoyment.
8. Warren G. Magnuson Dog Park, Seattle, WA
This dog park offers an amazing trail that weaves through the nine acre campus of the park. There is a great swimming area that is available as well as the trail and the views are breathe taking for the human friends that are along with the dogs.
9. Kenton Paw Park, Covington, KY
This park is idea for a number of reasons. This park offers a number of fun filled events including doggie cook outs and doggie pool parities. The calendar at this park shows a constant flow of activity that encourages socialization among dogs and their owners.
10. Cedar Lane Dog Park, Ossining, NY
This dog park is best known for its lively social calendar. There are a number of events that are offered at this park for both dogs and owners. These events help to promote a community spirit among park users and encourage year round use of the park.
Just wanted to leave a quick comment regarding Bear Dog Park in Roseville, CA (#4). I am not sure how this park got onto this list, it is not even the best dog park in Roseville. A much better one is Marco Dog Park (unfortunately it is built in a flood control zone so closed most of the winter.) Anyway, Bear Dog Park is just over 1/2 acre, split in half so there are two separate areas for large and small dogs. They are both basically dirt circles with small patches of grass with small, I guess you could call them doggie playgrounds (ramp, tunnel, jump over the bar, etc.) Each of these grass circles has a crushed rock path around the edges for people to walk laps (or stand and talk and not pay attention to their dog who is going to the bathroom, humping, or being aggressive). There are also no lights at this park, just the lights from the adjoining baseball complex when there are night games. And I have noticed in the times I have gone to this park that the crowd of dog owners there are not the most attentive. I have seen problems with people not cleaning up after their dogs, aggressive and dominant dogs, and rude people in general. If you happen to live in Roseville, and are heading out to the dog park, you might want to check out one of the other two in this town. This park shouldn’t be on any top list for dog parks.