Dog parks are a great opportunity to socialize dogs, which can help with their interactions when out and about, and potentially reduce stress at vet appointments. Letting them off their leash isn’t always an option, but these area parks offer safe areas for dogs to play and interact. Before going, be sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccines and isn’t aggressive with others. After that, consider skipping the routine walk and take your pup at one of these parks.
This Haverford park is the only completely fenced in dog park that is free of charge and 90 percent maintained by volunteers, dog owners, park users and donations. There are separate areas for small and large dogs, ample shade, picnic tables and seating, and a covered pavilion for rainy days.
9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford.
Residents describe this park as one of the areas “best kept secrets.” There is a fenced in dog yard and trails surrounding a creek for your dog to stay cool. Dogs are welcome on or off leash with a special tag.
1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne.
This smaller park is full of shady spots, perfect for you and your dog to enjoy on a hot day. There is a creek where you and your dog are welcome to swim and splash around.
710 Mill Creek Road, Gladwyne.
This park features both large and small dog area and has a hose/water fountain for the dogs to clean off if they get dirty. There is also an area for leashed or well-behaved off-leash dogs, perfect for a picnic with the family.
S. 25th and Spruce streets, Philadelphia.
This 10-acre park along Darby Creek has a fenced in area just for dogs. There are a few trees in the enclosure, plus a pavilion, water and benches. Two sections help keep dogs of similar sizes together—one for over 25 pounds and one for under.
3900 Bridge St., Upper Darby.
This park features a double-gated entry for safety. Once inside, owners are encouraged to untether their pups and let them play.
100 Longford Road, Phoenixville.
This Concord Township park is situated on a pretty farm and welcomes dog owners to let their dogs roam, leash-free, once inside the enclosure. The park is open daily.
30 Bethel Road, Glen Mills.