Sunday, March 6, 2011

County Dog Parks

Pinellas County Dog Parks
Boca Ciega Dog Park

Fort De Soto Dog Park - Beach AccessMuch to the delight of dogs and their human companions, the Pinellas County Parks and Recreation Department operates several dog parks. These green-fenced areas allow unleashed canines the opportunity to run free. And, when the pet gets hot and thirsty, there are cooling stations complete with showers and dog-level water fountains to cool things off.

Owners are required to supervise and clean up after their four-legged friends, and all dogs must be on a leash when outside of the Dog Park area. Please see dog park rules below.

Note: The only Pinellas County park where dogs are allowed on the beach is the dog park at Ft. De Soto park.

Let's Play at the Dog ParkDog Parks are located at the following
Pinellas County Parks:

For additional dog park locations, check with your local cities.

Pet Rules & Safety Issues at the dog park:

  • Scoop the Poop
    Did You Know?
    Unscooped dog poop washes off into waterways and provides nutrients (pollutants) that may cause algae blooms and fish kills. Stormwater runoff may become your drinking water. Play video Parks Video
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    Animals other than dogs are not allowed in the dog park.
  • All dogs must be legally licensed, have current vaccinations and wear a visible license tag.
  • Dogs that have been declared dangerous or aggressive are prohibited (Pinellas County Code Section 14-64 or F.S. Chapter 767).
  • Dog owners are solely responsible for the actions of their dogs. Please ensure that dogs do not escape the fenced area.
  • Female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Keep small children and infants under strict supervision.
  • Please clean up after your dog. (pet owners are responsible for their own bags)
  • Dog owners must be in the fenced area and within the unobstructed sight of their dogs, which must be under the control of visual or oral commands when not on a leash. (Be aware that not all dog owners are watching their dog, which means when the dog is not acting appropriately, the owner might not know or care.)
  • Dog owners must immediately fill any hole their dogs dig.
  • Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the area. Dog owners must have a leash in hand at all times.
  • For the safety of the dogs and other users, please refrain from smoking and bringing food into the fenced area. Please do not bring treats in for your dog. Other dog will smell your treat and want one too.
  • Do not introduce a new puppy to the dog park until it has been vaccinated for a variety of diseases.
  • Be aware of the communal diseases that your dog can catch from other dogs in the dog park. Kennel cough, ring worm,……

Warning to Patrons:

  • Beware of holes dug by dogs.
  • Users of this facility do so at their own risk.
  • Pinellas County shall not be liable for injury or damages caused by the dog in question and/or the dog owner while in the park.

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