Neighbors and local residents are one of the BEST sources of information for area new-comers… and their pets! Nancy Sanabria (a great neighbor/friend… passionate dog owner) did a ‘test run” of Tropical Park’s 2 acre dog park, and determined that the newest addition to pet-friendly Miami was worth sharing: Tropical Park’s New Doggie Park .
Nancy writes: “On Sunday there was a family birthday party… for a dog… and the lucky pet was wearing a tiara … Everyone ate cake! It’s clean, and the people and pets are respectful, friendly and nice. The new two-acre dog playground is divided into two areas, one for larger dogs weighing over 35 pounds and another for smaller dogs weighing less than 35 pounds. Both have play equipment (a tire jump, window jump, king-of-the-hill ramp, dog walk, etc). The dog park has dog comfort stations with doggy drinking fountains and water sprays, pooper scoopers to keep the areas clean, and a shade structure overlapping each side. The park has a promenade… park benches overlooking the lake, shade and flowering trees, and a common area for dog owners with water fountains and an informational kiosk. A walkway connects all areas of the dog park, making it ADA accessible.”
Miami-Dade’s website is a good source of information on Dog Friendly Parks (which means leashed dogs are allowed), Dog Parks (where your pets can roam freely), and Dog Run Parks (again, for leashed pets). By the way, signage at each park will tell you whether your pets need to be kept on a leash, or whether they can run free. To go directly to the Miami Dade site (click here) … Check out our PET RESOURCES link on MiamiRealEstateCafe.com or read on:
DOG FRIENDLY PARKS welcome dogs (on leashes) and their owners, and provide bag dispensers and trash recepticles (for clean up). In Miami-Dade there are currently 13 dog friendly parks, all listed below. You’ll need proof of registration and vaccination… from any state… for entry.
Actual DOG PARKS are specified fenced-off-areas within a larger park. Many have equipment and furniture designed specifically for dogs to romp and play… along with plenty of shade, water fountains or water features, an occasional lake, hosing stations, bags for clean-up, benches and drinking fountains for pet owners .
There are now FOUR MAIN DOG PARKS run by Miami Dade Parks & Recreation: