Do you have a dog, or have you recently gotten a dog? If so, we wanted to share with you some area dog parks you can visit in the Kansas City area. It is always important to keep your dog busy and give them a lot of exercise, especially if they are cooped up in a kennel during your work day. So grab your leash and get some play time in at the park!
Penn Valley Park Off Leash Dog Park
29th and Wyandotte
The Penn Valley Dog Park is the first off-leash dog park operated in Kansas City by the Parks and Recreation Department. Your furry little friend can run around a 2.7 acre fenced off-leash area with two double-gated entries for safety. Is your dog under 40 lbs, elderly, or handicapped? No worries – they have an additional smaller area for your dogs specifically! You can visit this park as it is open 7 days a week from dawn until 1 hour after dusk!
Blue Springs Dog Park (at Gregory O. Grounds)
20th Street off Jefferson
This park has a separate small dog area, pond, water fountains for people and dogs, a washing area for the dogs, and shade trees. It is 2.7 acres of fenced area. The creation of this park was supported by Responsible Unleashed Fun for Fido (RUFF).
Happy Tails Dog Park - Lee's Summit
1251 SE Ranson Rd
This is another fenced in park that has a separate small dog area, drinking fountain, and an agility course. It is open from 6AM – 9PM or until sunset (whichever comes first)
Shawnee Mission Park
7900 Renner Rd Shawnee, KS
Shawnee Mission Park has a lot of different areas for different needs throughout the park – but don’t worry, they have an off leash dog areas that is53 acres featuring a dog swim area along with wood chip, natural surface trails through grassland and wooded areas! If your dog has a lot of energy and wants to run around, this would be the perfect place – but make sure your dog is trained well enough to come back to you if you call for them as it is such an open off-leash area. The dog park area is located east of the observation tower on John Barkley Drive.
Dog Park Tips:
The above dogs are from left to right we have: Sasha - Katie Stephans' dog, Tripp - Christina Komonce's Dog, Bojangles - Julie Hirt's Dog, Henry - Chelsea Fanders' Dog, Callie - Lesa Watsons' Dog, and Millie - Rhonda Haskin's Dog
- Make sure your dog is updated on vaccinations
- Be sure to protect them with a flea/tick preventative prior to going to a dog park
- Bring a bowl and water – just in case, some parks may not have a water fountain close to when your furry friend gets thirsty!
- Be cautious of other dogs – make sure your dog is not getting bullied OR being the bully.
- Be sure to clean up after your dog – nobody wants to walk into a random surprise when they bring their dog!
- Make sure your dog is comfortable – if they seem uncomfortable; do not force them to play with other dogs. Dog parks aren’t always the right fit for every dog.
- Do not bring a puppy under the age of 4 months.