The Best Dog Parks of 2008

DOG FANCY magazine names the winner and runners-up for the title of America’s Best Dog Park.

Posted: April 29, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Hundreds of nominations for America's Best Dog Park were sent in for this year’s competition, but only one was chosen as this year’s winner – Jackass Acres K-9 Korral.

This New River, Ariz., dog park was named this year’s best for, “it’s efforts to be green,” says DOG FANCY editor Susan Chaney. "The park has solar-powered lights, a security system, and water pumps, as well as decorative metal flowers made from old cars, furniture crafted from fallen timber, and recycled artificial turf. How could we not love a park like that?" she adds.

The runners-up are:

  • Bow Wow Beach, Stow, Ohio
  • Broemmelssiek Park Off-Leash Dog Area, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Frankfort Bark Park, Frankfort, Ill.
  • Hammel Woods Forest Preserve Dog Park, Shorewood, Ill.
  • MonDaug Bark Park, Fort Washington, Pa.
  • Paw OK Dog Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • South Brohard Beach Paw Park, Venice, Fla.
  • Wantage Dog Park, Wantage, N.J.
  • Woof! Pac Park, Santa Maria, Calif.

Read the complete story on America's best dog parks in the June issue of DOG FANCY, on newsstands today.


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Murphy   Stanhope, NJ

1/9/2009 12:51:31 PM

I love the park in Wantage, NJ. It's a hike for me, but in the summer nothing beats wading in the stream with my dog.

In nominating a worst dog park, I think the dog park at Lewis Morris Park in Morristown, NJ should take the prize. It's just a paved parking lot with a fence around it. My dog shattered a nail there once on the pavement. It has no toys, obstacles, or any amenities. It's overcrowded with rude people and it never gets cleaned.

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Bonnie Binner   Frankfort, IL

5/26/2008 8:48:11 AM

My two dogs, Isabella and Gabby LOVE the Frankfort bark park in Frankfort Il., it is so nice, all the dogs just have a great time getting together, wags and smiles how cute is that!

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bianca   columbia, MD

5/23/2008 11:15:18 AM

marland needs dog parks i want to open one but i dont know how

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Cheril   Amarillo, TX

4/29/2008 9:03:16 AM

Gees! Too bad I won't be doing any traveling soon to the northern part of the country ...

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