Off leash dog areas have become more popular in the last few years because of their powerful benefits and impact on community. Many studies have clearly shown that being in a leash makes dogs more aggressive and territorial. Therefore, we can be sure that roaming free can be beneficial for man’s best friend. Fortunately, dog parks offer owners and their playful companions the chance to spend time together in a designed place for this activity.
The same principles apply to the three City of Scottsdale Parks that offer Off Leash Areas. Despite the concerns which some residents may have – including noise, smell and disturbance of the traffic – the majority has nothing against them, since they’re extremely low impact outside of the park gates. Anyhow, let’s take a look at each one in order to clarify all the questions that might pop up.
Chaparral Park Off Leash Area
Chaparral Park’s off leash area is located at 5401 N. Hayden Road, being easily found on any online and physical map of the city. Wondering about the surface you’ll be able to use in order to set free your four legged friend? The area is 4 acres, 3 of grass, so it’s more than enough for each of the owners who care enough of their companion’s needs. Taking a look at the schedule, you’ll find out that the area is open from November 1 – April 30, 6:00 a.m. – 10 p.m. and May 1 – October 31, 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Lights are always on from dusk to 10 p.m. In case of wet conditions, all areas will be closed, especially in the morning if the grass is frosty. There’s also to be known that Tuesdays – 8 a.m. to Noon and Fridays – 8 a.m. to Noon, the areas will experience maintenance closures, such as mowing and irrigation work. As you might have guessed, it is not just an empty field. The off-leash area is provided with seating, turf areas, play features and water fountains. This way, the owners are able to bring their own chairs and/or toys as long as they’ll remove them once they leave. Don’t hesitate to call 480-312-2353 or 480-312-WOOF (9663) to find out the park’s status.
Horizon Park Off Leash Area
Horizon Park’s off leash area is much smaller, being just 2/3 acres and is located in a retention basin, which is usually flooded after the rain. Its location is found at 15444 N. 100th Street. Unfortunately it doesn’t have any lights, so keep in mind that its program is open from sunrise to sunset. Its features don’t cease to exist, they’re just fewer; a 10×20 foot shade structure, a people/dog drinking fountain and a push button dust control feature that waters the area to keep the dust down. Of course, weekly maintenance closures are necessary, taking place on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you have already visited the park, don’t hesitate to take a few minutes to leave a comment at Parks&Rec@ScottsdaleAZ.gov.
Vista Del Camino Park Off Leash Area
Vista Del Camino Park’s off leash area is the smallest, being just ½ acres. Access to the parking area is off of Hayden Rd. Turn West (towards greenbelt) onto Pierce from Hayden. The program is opened from 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Among its features, we can encounter shade trees, benches and doggie water fountain, the entry being double gated for you and your pet’s safety.
Scottsdale Dog Park Rules
Before going to any of the Scottsdale dog parks off-leash areas, take your time to read all the rules which you must respect:
- Owners or custodians of a dog are responsible and legally liable for the acts and conduct of the dog at all times when the dog is in a city park.
- Dog behavior can be unpredictable particularly around other dogs and strangers.
- The City does not supervise use of the Off-Leash Area and anyone using the area does so at his/her own risk.
- No more than two dogs per visitor.
- An adult must accompany youth under the age of 16.
- Bag and dispose of your pet’s waste using canisters provided.
- Aggressive or anti-social behaving dogs must be removed from the park immediately.
- All dog attacks should be immediately reported to the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.
- Female dogs in heat are not permitted in the exercise area.
- All dogs must be currently licensed and vaccinated. Puppies under the age of 4 months are not allowed in the park until they have had their license and vaccinations.
- Dogs should be under voice control.
- Please fill any hole your dog digs.
- No food or alcoholic beverages allowed in the exercise area.
- Owners or custodians of a dog must restrain and control the dog at all times with a leash of not more than 6 feet in length when outside of the dog exercise area.
Take care and enjoy the time spend with your four-legged friend!