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The Best Dog Parks in Dallas

March 15th, 2013 | by The Update
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Dallas loves dogs! So it’s no surprise that there are a number of great dog parks to choose from throughout the Dallas area. Here are a few of our favorites:

From the Dallas Observer:

The Best Dog Parks in Dallas 21. North Bark

Holy buried bones, this place is amazing! Sitting on five securely fenced-in acres, the space is further divvied up into three, unique sections. There’s a huge region for larger dogs that is on par with White Rock, but laid out much nicer. Sloping hills let them leap run between a sunny zone and a tree filled area with big benches in the middle so you can watch as they explore. There’s a separate, oversized play zone for smaller dogs, too. Each has water fountains that accommodate both dog and human with the nicest fencing of any park around. But really, you make the drive up the Tollway for the lake. 4899 Gramercy Oaks. Visit their website.

2. Central Dog Park 

Owned and maintained by Central Christian Church, this park is in a nice part of town so you and your dog can see how the other half lives. It’s luscious and shaded — the perfect early evening getaway during a sweaty Texas summer. There’s definitely a camp vibe flowing through the space, which rests underneath dozens of trees. It might be the supply of communal bug spray that’s left out on the tables, or the way the lawn chairs are placed, but it’s fun and encourages conversation among owners. It’s got a couple amazing features that put it worlds ahead of the other parks. 1.) Giant fans and misters. 2.) A Dog Washing Station. Now this bathing center isn’t what you’ll see at the other parks, it’s a homemade wooden ramp with an arsenal of abandoned shampoos and salves. There are even a few towels draped over the fence for the impossibly forgetful. There’s a small run for tiny dogs, but most sizes play together at Central. 4711 Westside Drive. Visit their website.

3. Meadows Foundation Dog Park, East Dallas

Hemmed in by an adorable white, picket barrier, big dogs and little dogs mingle on an L-shaped field of grass. There are only two benches in this park, so get used to standing. Also, there’s no water (but there are bowls) so you’ll need to bring a jug of the stuff if you want to look like a team player.  It’s the owners that make this a great place. It’s neighborhood-y, and it’s open every day. 500 Liberty Street. Visit their website.

4. White Rock Lake Dog Park

I think the best thing about this park is the consistent amount of visiting dogs. You can always bet on a few dozen friends for your mutt to romp around with at White Rock. There’s also a nice amount of shade, lots of running space and an abundance of chairs so you can relax. There’s water on site and separate play areas for dogs that are over or under 30 pounds. There’s also river access, but be on the lookout for discarded fishing gear. Hooks and such have reportedly washed to the shore. 8000 E. Mockingbird Lane. Visit their website.

5. Bark Park Central (The Deep Ellum Dog Park)

This is certainly the youngest dog-owning crowd of any park in town. Most of the folks who go here live in Deep Ellum and are in their 20s or 30s, so if you’re trying to work the “my dog is so cute” angle, this might be your spot. It’s undergone a facelift recently with fun canine-inspired art painted on the overpass’ structural bases. There’s a reasonably large swath of running space (1.2 acres), doggie and human water fountains, bone-shaped benches, strong fences and a utilitarian bathing area. On the southwestern corner of the intersection of Good-Latimer Expressway and Commerce Streets, underneath the elevated portion of US75. Visit their website.

Click here to read the original article on the Dallas Observer. The Best Dog Parks in Dallas

The Best Dog Parks in Dallas

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