Take a walk just about anywhere around Dallas and one thing will become abundantly clear —e love our dogs. Fluffers and woofers; puppers and doggos; good boys and good girls… no matter what you choose to call them, they’re as much a part of the family in this city as any two-legged tyke. And that means Dallasites expect only the best in pet accommodations. If your dog prefers to run wild, take them to one of these spacious city dog parks and leave the leash behind.
Up first is a widely-recommend spot: the NorthBark Dog Park (4899 Gramercy Oaks Drive) in Far North Dallas. The largest of its kind in North Texas, this 22.3-acre space is well worth the trip, if only to see your pooch’s reaction once they spot the countless opportunities for four-legged fun. The park is home to three different gated areas: one for big dogs (over 30 pounds), one for small dogs (under 30 pounds) and one for dogs who want to take a dip in the park’s swimming pond. There are also nearby trails and picnic spaces to keep any human friends entertained, plus water fountains with dog bowls, a doggie shower and plenty of shade. Note: NorthBark (do you get the pun now?) is closed on rainy days and Tuesdays.
However, NorthBark isn’t the only off-leash park with water-based amenities. Check out White Rock Lake Dog Park (8000 Mockingbird Lane) in East Dallas the next time your dog fancies a dip. Renovated just a few years ago, the park now features two separate fenced sections for different-sized dogs plus a swimming area that provides stunning views of both the lake and the city skyline. There are also doggie water fountains, baths and pet waste stations. But the biggest buzz might just be around the new vending machine where you can purchase a brand-new toy or treat for your good boy or girl. Note: the park is closed on rainy days and Mondays.
If you’re looking to add a little luxury to your dog park routine, then we recommend the ever-popular Mutts Canine Cantina (2889 Cityplace West Blvd.) in Uptown. You do have to pay a small entrance fee for this facility (monthly passes are also available for regular attendees), but you’ll receive a few bonuses in return. Most notable among them is a full menu of food and drink. It’s common for dog-owners to hang out at Mutts for hours upon hours on a weekend afternoon, and you’ll find plenty of seating surrounding each of the two enclosed areas. The large dog park also features agility obstacles — a real plus for overly active pups.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a simple, no-frills, centrally located dog park, look no further than Bark Park Central (2445 Canton St.), more commonly known as the Deep Ellum Dog Park. Constructed directly under a highway overpass, this spot is always 100 percent shaded and features murals from local artists that give it a distinctively urban feel. Also, if your dog is intimidated by larger spaces, then this 1.2-acre park will be just their speed. It will also probably give them a better chance at interacting with other dogs. You’ll also find drinking bowls, showers and pet waste stations at Bark Park Central. Note: the park is closed on rainy days and Tuesdays.