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Pet-Friendly Parks 2016

The results are in!  Below is a description of some of the parks around the country which members of our Onpets community told us about during our second Giveaway.  We would love to hear about YOUR favorite pet-friendly park so if it’s not listed below, send us some information and we’ll publish a follow-up list.

In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful spaces and resources described below.

Thrasher Park in Roanoke, VA

Roanoke dog park

Photo by Heather Rousseau | The Roanoke Times

Thrasher Park is a beautiful green open space covering about an acre of land in the middle of Roanoke. It is even divided in half to provide a safe space for small breeds to socialize and give large breeds room to play.

Read more here!


Alum Creek in Columbus, OH

Alum Creek Park

Photo by Ohio State Parks

Alum Creek covers thousands of wide open acres surrounding a beautiful reservoir. It offers a quick and easy escape as it is close to downtown Columbus, but secluded and peaceful for you and your fur baby.

Alum Creek’s 3,387-acre reservoir and 4,630-acres of gently rolling span of fields and woodlands provides a hub of recreational activity just minutes from Ohio’s capital city. Quiet coves nestled among shale cliffs await the solitary fisherman in the park’s northern reaches while sunseekers mingle with thousands on Ohio’s largest inland beach. – Ohio State Parks

Check out their info here!


Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, FL

Photo by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Crandon Beach a beautiful sprawling park in Miami. There’s a stunning stretch of beach to explore, as well as Crandon Park’s Family Amusement Center, Nature Center and even a place to rent cabanas.

It’s fun to explore the various ecosystems at Crandon Park, including dunes, mangroves, coastal hammock and sea grass beds. The Crandon Park Nature Center is home to exotic plants, rare fish and wildlife, and Bear Cut Preserve, a natural Environment Study Area. Take a tour with a naturalist and explore all that this nature hotbed has to offer. – Greater Miami and the Beaches

Learn more here!


Minto Brown in Salem, OR

Minto Brown Park

Photo by City of Salem

Minto Brown covers about 1,200 acres of beautiful, natural open and wooded areas, and it borders the east bank of the Willamette River in Salem, Oregon. Visitors can walk, jog, or bike along 19 miles of hard and soft trails through native timber and grassy meadows. The park has several fishing spots, a paddle boat area, a playground, and paved bikeways. There is a large designated off-leash dog area about 30 acres in size that provides plenty of room for your pet to roam, play, and visit with doggy friends.

Find out more here!


Cosmo Dog Park in Scottsdale, AZ

cosmo dog park

Photo by Shane Cook

Cosmo Park is a gorgeous park named after the towns first police dog. It has one central pond for dogs to play in, separate areas for active and timid dogs, dog water fountains, and plenty of other amenities and places to explore!

The park was built with humans in mind too, offering ramadas for picnics and community activities, the tot lot with unique and safe climbing toys, a basketball court that was requested by residents, and trails that allow for a leisurely stroll along the slopes that lead to the lake and dog beach. All amenities are within sight of each other and interconnect to allow the entire family to enjoy the dog park together. – Town of Gilbert Arizona

Learn more about it here!


Best Friends Oshkosh Park in Oshkosh, WI

Best friends park oshkosh

Photo by Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks

The Best Friends Park is a sunny and open 9 acre space that’s free to enter.

The 9 acre fenced area in the northeast portion of the park provides a secure environment for dog owners to exercise their pets off-leash. A separated section for small dogs is also available. The site is supported by ample parking and the facility remains open year round. – Winnebago County Parks

Read more here!


Kinlock Beach in Prince Edward Island

Kinlock Beach

Photo by

Kinlock Beach is one of many beautiful beaches to explore on Prince Edward Island. It’s a large stretch of red sand beach perfect for your furry friend to frolick and run in the waves. It is leash only, but the space is so beautiful it definitely still merits checking out.


Twinsburg Dog Park in Twinsburg, OH


Photo by City of Twinsburg, Ohio

Twinsburg Park is a beautiful green open space and is a perfect place to spend some quality time with your furry friends.

The park was built specifically for you and your dog to socialize and exercise safely together while your dog is legally off-leash. In the evening, the park is a busy destination for many residents who make regular trips with their furry companion. It offers a great opportunity to make some new friends and have some fun! – Twinsburg Dog Park

Check it out here!


Cuyahoga National Valley Park in Ohio

By Kevin Payravi - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

By Kevin PayraviOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Although it is a leash-only space, Cuyahoga boasts over 110 miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of the Towpath Trail that are dog friendly.

Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Learn more here!


Kennedale Ravine in Edmonton, Alberta

Kennedale Ravine

Photo by Vivian Binnema from The Local Good

Kennedale Ravine Park is a gorgeous wide gravel trail that follows the bottom of a ravine, surrounded on both sides by beautiful wooded hills. It’s a great location for runners or walkers looking to get and be active and escape the surrounding city for a bit.

Read more about it here!



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