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Best Dog Parks In Houston

August 17, 2012 1:00 PM

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Sometimes man’s best friend just needs to have a place of his own in which to run, roll and romp around. Whether Texas is in the thralls of sweltering summer days or brisk fall evenings, dogs need to get out and exercise just as much as their two-legged buddies do. Luckily, Houston-area dog parks won’t disappoint your furry friends. The Bayou City has acres of shady parks for the whole family to enjoy, so pack some cool water, tasty treats dog (and human) treats, and head out to one of these puppy-friendly parks.
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Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park
3201 Hwy 6
Houston, TX 77062
(281) 496-2177
www.pct3.hctx.net/parks/congressmanbillarcherpark

This park, built and maintained by Harris County Precinct 3, features more than 20 acres of fields, trees, long walking trails and plenty of different areas for dogs of all sizes. Benches are scattered throughout the park with both large and small dog areas full of fun agility equipment – including swimming ponds! The area is double gated and double fenced, which allows for your furry friend to run free. Pick up bags are available on site for owners’ convenience, and there are water fountains and doggie showers to clean up at before you head home. The park is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

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Danny Jackson Bark Park
4700 Westpark
Houston, TX 77081
(281) 496-2177
www.pct3.hctx.net/parks/dannyjacksondogpark

Smack in the heart of the city, Danny Jackson Bark Park is a popular hotspot for Texan dog owners. Many Houstonians bring their pets to this secluded area on Westpark to relax and take in nature within the city limits. Large and small dogs each have their own separate areas––both with ponds––and the fenced-in park also includes many nice walking paths and benches. Danny Jackson is open during daylight hours to all humans and canines alike.

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Boneyard Drinkery
8150 Washington
Houston, TX 77077
(832) 494-1600
www.boneyardhouston.com

This combination bar and dog park combines the best of both human and canine worlds, with a wide array of beers and wines sold inside and a huge fenced-in area outside for the dogs to run around in. There is plenty of parking in the private lot and picnic tables are scattered throughout the outside patio area. Owners can enjoy their drinks while their pets enjoy the pool and 7,000 square foot doggy park. Boneyard is open until midnight seven days a week, so you’re pup is sure to be happily worn out after a night out with his canine pals.

Ervan Chew Dog Park
4502 Dunlavy
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 837-0311
www.houstontx.gov/parks/dogparks

Allow your pooch to run free at Ervan Chew Dog Park. Conveniently located just a few miles southwest of downtown, this 9,000 square foot park has something for both pet and owner. Enjoy some one-on-one time with Fido in a stroll through the park and then bring your pup to the nearby dog park to enjoy the walk without constricting leashes. Ervan started the trend of dog parks in Houston by being the first spot to allow unleashed dogs in a designated zone. Surrounded by a double-gated fence, you can rest assured that your puppy is safe to run wild without the fear of escaping the confines of the park. Other perks include pick up bags provided by the park, water fountains and resting areas adorned with benches. Ervan Chew Dog Park is also right next door to a playground, so you bring the human kids, too! This park is open dusk till dawn.

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Millie Bush Dog Park
16756 Westheimer Parkway
Houston, TX 77082
(281) 496-2177
www.pct3.hctx.net/milliebushdogpark

Start the morning off with a little exercise for your pup. Millie Bush Dog Park opens at 7 a.m., making it great for both you and your dog to get some fresh air in the early hours. Located along Westheimer Boulevard, this dog paradise provides ample parking for a crowd of owners. There are 100 parking spaces available to ensure you will always find a spot. Rover’s tail will wag at the sight of over eight acres to explore. Choose between the small or large dog parks on the premises depending on how much freedom you wish to allow. Also, with three nearby lakes, you can enjoy a scenic stroll after your pooch gets all of that energy out.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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