Local dog parks are a natural extension of our world-class resort community status and should be a key Parks & Recreation offering for all towns. Visitors and locals alike benefit from having nearby dog parks: better behaved & socialized dogs, more considerate & well trained dog owners, and greater safety for the community.
LAPS is championing the installation of permanent Dog Parks throughout Summit County. Citizens are needed to join committees and attend local government meetings to actively lobby for dog parks in every town.
DOG PARK PLANNING, LAYOUT, and AMENITIES
Communities are encouraged to nominate existing areas for consideration. A committee can later accompany Parks & Recreation Department officials to inspect the sites nominated, taking into account both community and social issues. In the event of a conflict between the proposed sites and any existing city ordinances, the town council will have to be approached to consider alternatives or amendments. Ideally, a dog park would be situated on a safe, non-isolated acre or more of regularly maintained open grass area. The dog park should be surrounded by a secure six foot fence with at least one double-gated entry/exit system to prevent unwanted access/exit by off-leash animals. Other amenities should include: nearby parking, wheel chair access, facility for drinking water, picnic bench seating, a shaded "patio" area, plenty of poop bag dispensers, regularly emptied trash cans, and ultimately, access to a lake, pond, or rocky river shoreline.
OBSERVE the POSTED PARK RULES and HOURS OF OPERATION
Dog park users must comply with posted rules for the safety of everyone and every dog. Rules should be posted at parking lot entrance/sign, inside shade structure, and at all gates/entrances/exits. For the health and safety of all dogs: please be responsible and train your dog in basic obedience; keep vaccinations up to date and copies in your possession at all times; and never bring an in-season female dog (in heat) to the park. If you are the proud owner of a new puppy, use your judgment as to whether or not he/she is ready to attend the park and socialize with other dogs. In any case, you should never bring a dog younger than 4 months. Puppies won't have all of the necessary vaccinations that allow them to play safely with other dogs. Plus, their bodies are just too young for vigorous "play" with older dogs.
FIRST TIME USERS SHOULD VISIT THE AREA AT NON-PEAK TIMES
Peak times are Monday - Friday, late afternoon until dark & Saturdays and Sundays after 9:30 a.m. The first visit can be a little stressful for both you and your dog. Please ease the stress of that first time by going when the park isn't so busy.
LET YOUR DOG OFF LEASH AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE INSIDE THE GATED AREA
Leashed dogs may feel threatened and growl or bark when off-leash dogs greet them in that special way.
KEEP WALKING AFTER ENTERING THE PARK
This keeps the off-leash entrance/exit area a much more "neutral" territory. It also gives you and the dogs more room to spread out and calm down a little, as they come and go through the gates.
BE AWARE THAT DOGS HAVE DIFFERENT PLAY STYLES
Educate yourself on dog behavior and ask questions of other dog owners. A behavior that frightens or concerns you, may simply be a rambunctious play style for that other dog. Check with the owner first, and then think carefully before breaking up a "fight". Squirting or throwing water on both dogs is suggested, never physical intervention.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES INFLICTED BY YOUR DOG
Prevent injuries by supervising your dog at all times. If your dog inflicts an injury, give your name and phone number to the other dog owner before leaving the area. Confirm that all shots are up-to-date. Encourage unruly dog owners to avoid using the park. Report physical/verbal conflicts in need of mediation to your local law enforcement officials.
SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN - NO UNACCOMPANIED MINORS or DOGS
Prevent injuries by not allowing your children to run or scream around the dogs. In the confusion and fun at the off-leash dog park site, some dogs may mistake a running or screaming child for an act of aggression, another playing dog, or even a wild animal. Please do not approach strange dogs without speaking with the owner first. Approach with a closed hand held out in an non-threatening way - slowly. No unaccompanied minors are to be allowed in the dog park (without dog).
KEEP the AREA SAFE and CLEAN - AVOID BRINGING FOOD INTO the GATED AREA
Don't let your dog dig holes. Bring fresh water to share if the park is without running water. Pick up cigarette butts and other trash laying around. Pack it in, pack it out, unless garbage cans are provided. No food inside the gated area of park.
PICK UP POOP PLEASE
Always pick up after your dog, even outside the off-leash area. This is the single most important thing you can do to help ensure the ongoing success of your park. Many dedicated volunteers will do regular poop patrol -- one or two laps while conscientiously looking for orphan poops and collecting them. People doing this will not only leave the site looking better than they found it, they will also model responsible behavior for the other dog owners. Try not to poop patrol alone. Rather, enlist a fellow dog owner to hold a large "shopping" bag open for you while you patrol. If you need a bag, take what you need from the bag dispenser box, but please bring some extra bags to share next time you come.
Colorado Dog Park Locations
Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park Located at 17900 E. Quincy Ave, west of Quincy Reservoir, just east of Pitkin street. Hours Daily: dawn to dusk. Features: fenced, parking, water, and trash cans. Cherry Creek State Park Located at 4201 South Parker Road. Dogs are allowed off-leash only in the 12-Mile South area of this State Park and must be under voice control at all times. Parks pass is required - $6 or $7 daily (seasonal rates), $53 annual. Fencing is only to denote property lines, so be sure your dog is under firm voice control and remember to comply with state park regulations.
Dogs are allowed off-leash in most of the City of Boulder's open space and mountain parks.
Howard H. Hueston Park Hours Daily: Dawn to Dusk. Features: benches, tables, trees, parking, and trash cans. Access for the disabled. Valmont Road and Airport Road Dog Park Hours Daily: 24 hours. Features: fenced, water, poop bags, parking, and trash cans. Access for the disabled.
East Boulder Community Located at 5660 Sioux Drive. Hours Daily: dawn-dusk. Features: fenced, water, disposal bags, parking, trash cans, and a fenced-off swimming area. Access for the disabled.
Bear Creek Located on 21st Street, open 8am to 9pm attached to Bear Creek Park - many nice trails, a creek running through it and wonderful views. To get there: south from I-24 on 21st, go over the hill and it is on your right just past the light to Penrose Stadium. There is not a lot of parking close, but plenty of additional parking is near the main entrance.
Palmer Park Located at Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard. Hours Daily: 5 a.m.-11 p.m., May-Oct.; 5 a.m.-9 p.m., rest of the year. Features: restrooms, fenced, water, benches, tables, parking, and trash. Access for the disabled.
Rampart Park Located at 8270 Lexington Dr. (from the intersection of Lexington Drive and N. Union Boulevard, go north on Lexington, then turn left into the park entrance). Hours Daily: 5 a.m.-11 p.m., May-Oct.; 5 a.m.-9 p.m., rest of year. Features: fenced, water, benches, trees, parking, disposal bags, and trash. Access for the disabled.
Denver Off-Leash Dog Park Located at 666 South Jason Street, large field behind the Division of Animal Control Hours: sunrise to sunset daily. Features: fenced, parking, grass, and toys. Access for the disabled.
Dogpark at the west end of Horsetooth Rd.. Features: fenced, benches, trees, tables, poop bags, parking, and trash.
Rover's Run at Redstone Located at Redstone Park - Foothills Canyon Blvd and Town Center Drive. Features: fenced, water, tables, poop bags, parking, and trash. Access for the disabled.
Forsberg Park Located at 14801 W. Alameda Parkway. Hours Daily: sunrise to sunset. Features: large open field, poop bags, parking, and trash. Bring your own water & there is no shade, so use caution during summer months.
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