Dog Park Study
The 2018 Dog Park Study is a comprehensive approach to address the need for dog parks throughout the City of Raleigh. Based on citizen feedback, spatial data analysis, and a review of nationwide trends in dog park planning, we will develop a strategy to create safe and engaging park spaces for people with (and without) dogs.
This study will include analysis of the geographic distribution of dog parks throughout the city, opportunities & access in urban as well as suburban areas, and potential tools to encourage publicly accessible dog runs as part of new development. We will also be launching a pilot program of pop-up dog parks, to test the idea of providing temporary off-leash areas to meet dog park needs where space for permanent dog parks is not available.
Please share your thoughts in our dog park survey!
Pop-Up Dog Park Events
123 S Dawson St.
June 8 through June 10
Dorothea Dix Park
801 Biggs Dr.
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sept. 7 through Sept. 9
Make a ‘Paw’-mise pledge to pick up your dog’s pet waste with the Stormwater Management Division while visiting our pop-up dog park events and learn more about how pet waste can impact the quality of local streams and lakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the hours of the dog park?
Dog parks are open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset. Any changes to the hours of service for any reason will be posted at the park, and updated to the Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Alerts page.
- Is the park supervised?
No. Owners and handlers are responsible for their dogs and their dog’s behavior at all times. It will be up to the users of the dog parks to ensure that the rules are being followed. The Raleigh Police Department will monitor the dog parks on a periodic basis.
- What are the dog park rules?
Dog park rules are posted at the entrance of all our dog parks. Familiarizing yourself with these rules is an important first step toward guaranteeing a safe and positive experience.
- Are all breeds of dog welcome?
All dogs, regardless of breed, are welcome as long as they are spayed or neutered, and their shot records are up-to-date. However, if any dog becomes aggressive, its owner must remove the dog immediately.
- How many pets can I have?
No more than three dogs are permitted, per handler, at one time. It is very difficult for one person to effectively control and supervise more than three dogs at once. If you have more than three dogs and wish to use our dog parks, we recommend that you bring a friend or family member to assist you.
- Is my dog required to have a city license?
No. The City of Raleigh does not require dog owners to apply for a City pet license.
- Can I keep my dog on a leash?
All dogs must be on a leash until they are inside the dog park entrance and the gate has closed behind them. However, as a precaution, we require all owners and handlers to unleash their dogs in the enclosed, double-gated holding pen at the entrance BEFORE they enter the dog-run area. This is designed to ensure that off-leash dogs do not scare a leashed dog by running up and saying hello!
- What should
I do about aggressive dogs?
First, remove your dog from the situation immediately. When it is safe, report the incident to community center staff and call 9-1-1, if an emergency. If you do not believe the area is safe, or feel that your request has not been handled satisfactorily, call the Raleigh Police Department at 919-831-6311. It is expected of patrons to work with each other in a friendly, respectful manner to keep the park safe for all.
- What should I do if someone is bitten at the park?
Dog bites are rare at Dog Parks, especially if users are following all the rules. But in the event of a dog bite, there are three things you should do:
1. Immediately provide medical attention, if necessary. If the bite(s) are serious, call 9-1-1.
2. Record the identity of the dog and its owner.
3. Report the incident to community center staff or call Animal Control at 919-996-1449.
- If I observe a problem at the park, what should I do?
For maintenance, please call: 919-996-4115
For disruptive dogs, please call: 919-996-1449
For customer service, please call: 919-996- 4810
For an emergency, please call: 9-1-1
- Can I bring toys, food and furniture into dog parks?
Toys, food, and treats are NOT permitted inside the off-leash area as it can trigger aggressive behavior between dogs. Outside furniture, including lawn chairs, are also prohibited.
- Can a newborn puppy come to the dog park?
No. Puppies under four months of age have not received all the necessary vaccinations. Consequently, their immune systems are vulnerable to potentially dangerous forms of bacteria from other dogs.
- Is there an
area for shy or small dogs?
Yes! Oakwood, Millbrook, Buffaloe Road, and Carolina Pines Park are divided into two size-appropriate areas – one for smaller pooches (30 pounds and less), and the other for larger canines (more than 30). Jaycee Park’s Dog Run, however, has no such restriction, therefore allowing all dogs regardless of size to play together in a shared space.
How can I help?
Volunteers are always needed to help with ongoing maintenance costs and clean-up efforts. If you are interested in making a difference in your community and enhancing the quality of our parks, contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator.
- Does the
park provide waste bags for clean up?
Yes. All City of Raleigh dog park facilities offer bags and a place to deposit waste at each site.
- How many Dog Park locations are in Raleigh?
The City of Raleigh has five unleashed dog areas - four dog parks and one dog run.
City-Wide Dog Parks
Millbrook Dog Park
Location: 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
Oakwood Dog Park
Location: 910 Brookside Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604
Carolina Pines Dog Park
Location: 2305 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
Buffaloe Road Dog Park
Location: 5900 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh, NC 27604
Jaycee Dog Run
Location: 2405 Wave Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607
Dog Park Rules
All DOGS MUST:
- Be leashed entering and leaving dog park;
- Be healthy and fully vaccinated; and,
- Get exercise and have fun!
ALL HUMANS MUST:
- Clean up after their own pet(s);
- Stop dogs from digging and fill any holes;
- Remove choke, prong, pinch or spike collars;
- Not exceed three dogs in the park at one time;
- Never offer any food or toys of any kind
- Closely supervise any children under the age of 12
FOLLOWING DOGS NOT ALLOWED IN PARK:
- Aggressive or uncontrollable dogs. Call Animal Control (919) 831-6311, if needed;
- Female dogs in season; and,
- Puppies younger than four months
The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.
For questions or to volunteer, call 919 996-6833.
In case of EMERGENCY, call 9-1-1.