Tips for Planning a Dog Park


There are many things to keep in mind when planning a dog park.  The planning state is the best time to think through many important design aspects of your dog park including location, surfacing and equipment, just to name a few.  Below is a link of things to consider during the planning process.  At All Recreation, our designers can work with you to incorporate as many design elements as your budget and imagination desire.

Location- Keep in mind that there may be parking, barking and smell issues so choose wisely when selecting your location.  Try to have a buffer zone between neighbors who might be concerned with noise and traffic issues.  Having adequate parking for visitors is a must.  Dog parks located near schools and playgrounds may not be ideal locations due to possible conflicts with curious children. 

Water- Fresh drinking water is essential for a successful healthy dog park.   An additional benefit to park users would be a dog wash station where they could give their pets a quick rinse before putting them back in the car or home. 

Pet Waste- Have proper waste removal stations set up and fully stocked.  Having multiple stations located throughout the facility would be more enticing for users rather than just one specific spot.  Have a plan in place in regards to who will empty the stations and how often.  This can be an on staff maintenance person or specialty company. 

Surfacing- Having proper drainage for pet urine is essential.  Mud can become a big issue especially around water areas if proper surfacing and drainage are not used.  There a few different options for surfacing including grass, artificial turf or engineered wood fiber. 

Equipment- While you don’t have to have any special equipment in your dog park area there is some advantages to the areas that do.   Adding ramps, tubes, weave posts and other fun activities to area will attract more people and make them stay longer.  Your park will be the talk of the town.  When choosing equipment for your area be considerate of the size and abilities of different types of dogs.  Try and spread the equipment out so that all parts of your area are utilized.  Dog urine is highly corrosive so having the proper type of commercial equipment will help prolong its life span.  

Fencing- Fences should be at least 5 feet high to prevent dogs from jumping over them.  A self-closing gate is a must as well.   Many dog parks use a transition space between multiple gates to prevent accidental escape. 

Rules- Have a large clear sign displaying all of the rules of the area at all entrance points.  These rules could include, park hours, no food, waste removal practices, etc. 

Shade- Be it organic shade such as trees and bushes or shelters and pavilions, shade is a must have for those hot summer days.  Having adequate shading will not only protect pets/owners from the sun but will prolong the use of the dog park in those long hot summer months. 

Seating- picnic tables or park benches will provide an ideal space for a pet owner to sit and relax while their pet socializes.  Try spreading out seating to encourage usage of different parts of your location.  

Design- Use a professional dog park consultant to help you plan your space.  All Recreation has a vast knowledge and history when it comes to creating exciting and beautiful dog parks. 

Contact All Recreation today to get your project started today!