In this article, we’ve featured 9 of the best dog parks in Michigan and their facilities for your convenience.
1. Hillcrest Dog Park (Grand Rapids)
Hillcrest Dog Park is located inside Hillcrest Park (in Grand Rapids, MI), which also features a baseball diamond and soccer field. The Hillcrest Dog Park is spacious, fully enclosed, and has ample convenient parking. There are also restrooms on-site.
Dogs must be vaccinated and healthy to visit the park. Dogs are free to play off-leash but must be on a leash when you enter and leave the park. Please clean up after your dog, supervise them, and remove them if they exhibit any signs of aggression.
2. Warren Dog Park (Warren)
Located in Warren, MI, the Warren Dog Park (also known as the Anne Fracassa Memorial Dog Park) is in the corner of Burdi Park (towards the southwest). The park features a six-foot fence that surrounds one acre of open space, perfect for your pup to play in and run around.
Warren Dog Park features a water supply, benches to sit on, waste bags, and a secure gate. To visit the park, you will need to obtain a key fob from the Parks and Recreation office in Warren. You will need to show proof that your dog is licensed, vaccinated against rabies, parvo/distemper, and Bordetella.
3. Clinton Township Dog Park (Clinton Township)
The Clinton Township Dog Park is a 1.5-acre, fully fenced play area for dogs of all shapes and sizes. The park is located in Clinton Township, MI, and is mostly grassy terrain. The dog park is only open to registered visitors, and access to the park requires a key fob.
To register for the Clinton Township Dog Park, you must provide proof of Bordetella, distemper, and rabies vaccines, as well as your dog’s license with their tag/number, expiration date, and both your name and your pet’s name. You’ll also need a copy of your driver’s license and a completed registration form.
4. Swift Run Dog Park (Ann Arbor)
Swift Run Dog Park is a 10-acre, off-leash park for dogs in Ann Arbor, MI. The park is open from dawn to dusk, or 6:00 am to 10:00 pm each day. The park is fully fenced and well maintained by the local government. Each owner can bring a maximum of two dogs to the park at any one time.
To visit Swift Run Dog Park, you’ll need an annual off-leash permit, which requires proof of rabies vaccination and dog license. Please clean up after your dog – waste receptacles are provided but bags are not. Dogs must be leashed when they enter and leave the park.
5. Orion Oaks Dog Park (Orion Charter Township)
The Orion Oaks Dog Park (in the Orion Charter Township, MI) is closed in the winter, but open from spring to fall. The park features 24 acres of fully fenced space, including a separate fenced area for small dogs. There are also trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, drinking water, and access to Lake Sixteen where your dog can even enjoy a splash in the water.
All dogs over four months must be licensed, have current vaccinations for rabies, distemper, and Bordetella, and be trained well enough to respond to voice commands. The park is open every day, from sunrise until sunset.
6. Covell Dog Park (Grand Rapids)
Although relatively small, Covell Dog Park is a great place for pups to enjoy some off-leash playtime with their friends. The dog park is located on the northwestern side of Covell Park in Grand Rapids, MI, and covers a little less than one acre.
There is ample parking outside the park, and shaded seating inside. The park is fully enclosed. Please clean up after your dog, ensure that their vaccinations are current, and supervise your dog carefully. Dogs under four months are not permitted in the park, and children under ten years are not allowed in the off-leash area.
7. Red Oaks Dog Park (Madison Heights)
Red Oaks Dog Park is adjacent to Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, MI. The dog park is a little over 5 acres in size, with a separate area for small dogs. There’s also a shelter, drinking water for dogs, a (paved) parking lot, and lighting for the evenings.
Please make sure that your dog has current rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccines, and that they are licensed if they are over four months of age. Dogs are also required to respond to voice commands. Please clean up after your dog and supervise them during your visit to the park.
8. Olson Park Dog Park (Ann Arbor)
Located in Ann Arbor, MI, Olson Park Dog Park is a designated off-leash play area for dogs. The park is in the southern section of Olson Park, which also features walking paths, wetlands, a creek, basketball courts, and a rock-climbing playground.
Olson Park Dog Park is open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily and is open to the public, as long as you possess an annual off-leash permit for your dog(s). To get one of these, you’ll need proof of rabies vaccination and dog license. Please ensure your dog is on a leash when you enter and leave the park.
9. Canton Dog Park (Canton Township)
The Canton Dog Park in Michigan’s Canton Township is a members-only dog park where owners and their dogs can enjoy some fresh air and a good stretch of the legs. The park is divided into separate sections for small and large dogs, and features water fountains (please note that the water supply is disconnected during winter), waste stations, and a secure gate.
Canton Dog Park is closed on Thursdays from 6:30 am until 9:00 am for maintenance but is otherwise open daily from sunrise until sunset. Please clean up after your dog, fill in any holes they dig, and monitor your dog for any signs of aggressive behavior.
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