According to USA Today, between 2005 and 2010 the number of dog parks in the United States increased by 34 percent – 10 times the rate that the number of overall parks increased!
Americans love their dogs, and never has it been more popular for dog lovers to take their four-legged friends to specially designated dog parks, where pets and their owners can enjoy some off-leash fun and recreation. Fortunately, the Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra area has a number of dog parks that offer a variety of amenities for canine recreation.
Here are just a few of the popular dog parks found throughout the metro Jacksonville area:
Dog Wood Park
74707 Salisbury Rd.
Some have compared this 42-acre facility to a “country club for dogs.” Others have called it the “Disney of Dog Parks.” Located on Jacksonville’s Southside, Dog Wood Park offers 25 fenced acres for off-leash play. In addition to providing plenty of room to roam, the facility features dog-swimming ponds, a self-serve bathing area and a retail store as well as obedience and other training classes. All of these activities come at a cost, however: Unlike some free facilities, Dog Wood Park charges $11 per visit for the first dog and $1.25 for each additional dog. Monthly memberships are also available beginning at $35/month.
Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park
700 Roosevelt Blvd.
With more than 500 acres of trails, picnic grounds and other amenities, Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park is Jacksonville’s largest city-maintained public park. The facility’s dog park offers two areas for off-leash play -- one for large dogs and another for smaller breeds. The park’s paths, bicycle trails and observation deck as well as cookout area and playground make for a fun visit for the whole family.
Oceanway Park and Pool
12215 Sago Ave.
Oceanway’s public dog park features designated areas for large and small dogs along with a pet water fountain, paths, benches and “human” amenities including a swimming pool, playground equipment, picnic tables, a playground, and tennis and basketball courts.
Confederate Dog Park
956 Hubbard St.
The city’s historic Confederate Park officially welcomed canines in 2009, when a designated dog park was added to the park. Open to the public, the three-acre off-leash green space features fencing, benches and pavilions.
468 Penman Road South
Located in Jacksonville Beach’s Wingate Park, this “membership playground” provides off-leash areas for large and small dogs, watering bowls, benches and more. The membership fee is $50 plus tax for the first dog and $25 plus tax for each additional dog.
Nocatee Dog Parks
Nocatee residents have access to three free dog parks within the community, including:
- Trails for Tails: Located in Nocatee’s Community Park, Trails for Tails provides space for pets to socialize amid while their owners can enjoy the park’s walking paths and other amenities.
- Happy Tails Dog Park: This fenced-in section of Greenleaf Park is open to all Nocatee residents and their dogs.
- Paws Dog Park: Located in Nocatee’s Davis Park, Paws Dog Park offers two separate fenced areas, as well as a dog wash. Playgrounds and athletic fields are also nearby.
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