Let your pup run free at one of these dog parks around Metro Detroit
by Alexandra London
1280 Hilton Rd & University St, Ferndale
Enjoy an afternoon of fun in the sun with your pooch at The Ferndale Dog Park, a members-only park complete with dog-themed benches and amenities like water stations, poo pick-up stations, urine resistant-shrubbery and concrete areas (to minimize the chances of muddy paws). To purchase a membership visit ferndalemi.gov/resources/dog-park.
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn
The Dearborn Dog Park provides a unique agility course for your dog, with adjustable jump bars, elevated agility walk platforms, hurdles, teeter totters, barrels and more. The park also features enclosed areas for both small and large dogs. To access the park, you must be a Dearborn resident and have pre-paid permit. Permits are available for purchase at the city clerk’s office for $30. For more information visit cityofdearborn.org.
23101 Hall Rd, Woodhaven
WOOFhaven Dog Park is a membership-based park located in Civic Center Park. With separate areas for small and large dogs, your pooch can socialize with fellow furry friends on 2 acres of fenced-in land. The park includes picnic tables, benches, clean up stations and a drinking fountain for canines. Small pools are provided during warmer months for your pup to cool off in. Memberships are available for purchase for $25 at the city clerk’s office. For more information visit woodhavenmi.org.
Walter P Reuther Fwy, Pleasant Ridge
This fully fenced-in dog park is a neighborhood favorite amongst the Pleasant Ridge community. With dozens of trees providing ample shade and benches for sitting, the vibe is super relaxed (as far as dog parks go). An annual pass is required for both residents and non-residents. Prices range from $30-$60 per pass and can be purchased at the Pleasant Ridge City Hall. Visit cityofpleasantridge.org for more information.
17th St & Rose St, Detroit
The Detroit Dog Park is the perfect place for people and dogs to meet and play. Situated near the Michigan Central Station and amongst the Detroit cityscape, let your dog run wild as you take in the skyline views. The park provides poo pick-up stations but does not include a water station, so BYO water to keep your dog hydrated!
31353 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights
From sunrise to sunset, Red Oaks Dog Park offers a 5.2-acre parcel for your dog to enjoy some unleashed fun! All dogs must be up-to-date on their vaccines, respond to voice commands and are required to wear a license at all times while in the park. Licenses are available for purchase at the Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center. Visit oakgov.com for additional information.
4600 N Campbell Rd Royal Oak
Located near the intersection of E. 12 Mile and North Campbell, this fenced-in dog park provides tons of space for your dog to run and play. There are minimal amenities, but waste bags and trash cans are available for use. Membership is required to ensure all dogs are vaccinated. The fee is $40 for Royal Oak residents is and $65 for non-residents. For more information visit romi.gov.
N Bicentennial Drive, Livonia
Let your dog run wild a the Bicentennial Dog Park! This park features waste stations, a doggie drinking foundation, benches and fun agility stations. Livonia residents with licensed dogs are able to access the park for a $30 annual fee. For more information on the registration, visit secure.rec1.com
29040 Shiawassee Road, Farmington Hills
Divided into two parks for small and large dogs, William Grace Dog Park offers four acres of fenced-in land. This park is equipped with water stations, benches and bag dispensers for pet waste. To access the park you must be a Farmington Hills resident and purchase a park pass for a $35 dollar annual fee. For more information visit, fhgov.com.
2-98 E Adams Ave, Detroit
Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, The Grand Circus Dog Park offers a grassy area for pups to play for free! Open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the park offers views of Comerica Park. And be sure to check out the park’s fun events throughout the year including Canine Karaoke (a Halloween costume party), doggy prom and single mingles for dog lovers! For more information visit, downtowndetroitparks.com
401-439 W Canfield St, Detroit
Made of turf instead of grass, The Midtown Dog Park offers a spacious area for your dog to play — mud free! Enjoy amenities such as pet waste stations, water fountains and separate, fenced-in areas for small and large dogs. And if you’re lucky, you may even catch the Frita Batidos food truck stationed outside the park!
Situated behind the Novi Ice Arena, enjoy 3 acres of wide open land at the Novi Dog Park. Three-fourths of an acre is set aside for smaller and more timid dogs to ensure safety and comfort for both dogs and their owners. A membership is required to enter the park and can be purchased online at cityofnovi.org. The fee is $30 for residents and $60 for non-residents. Novi resident’s who purchase a membership also gain access to the Community Dog Park located in Northville.
Community-oriented Canton Dog Park offers 6 acres of fenced-in space for your canine to explore. This park also holds many events throughout the year including “yappy hour,” which encourages dog owners to mingle while their pups get in some much-needed playtime! A membership is required to access this park and can be purchased at the township clerk’s office for $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information visit, cantonfun.org
Orion Oaks is not your typical dog park. This 24-acre, fenced-in enclosure includes two trails, a large field area and access to Lake Sixteen, which features doggie docks and ramps for dog only swimming! All dogs who enter the park must be licensed. For more information visit, oakgov.com