Houston establishes official dog parks and even has an online off-leash dog networking group on Meetup called “Houston Active Dogs.” The leadership group includes the president of the Houston Dog Park Association and others knowledgeable members of Houston’s dog-loving community. Here are some of the top rated off-leash dog areas in the Houston area.
The Boneyard Dog Park And Drinkery
8150 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
The Boneyard is a unique bar with a 7,000-square-foot dog park. It’s a great place for dogs to experience quality downtown while their owners socialize over a beverage. No children are allowed. This area of Washington Avenue is home to Houston’s fastest-growing evening entertainment area, trendiest sports bars and live entertainment. With a little networking and teamwork, you might be able do a little bar-hopping with a designated “dog-sitter.”
2150 Countryplace Parkway
Pearland, TX 77584
Southdown dog park is one of the two dog parks in Pearland. The park is completely enclosed and offers open space, water fountains, covered areas and a waste station. Southdown Park also has a special area for smaller breeds and puppies under 25 pounds. The Pearland Parks and Recreation dog park rules can be found here. This is a great alternative for those outside of Houston.
Ervan Chew Park
4502 Dunlavy St.
Houston, TX 77006
Ervan Chew Park was Houston’s first off-leash dog park, established in May 2004. The dog zone is just under 9,000 square feet enclosed by a fence with one gate on the side facing Dunlavy Street. It includes two benches near shade trees and a water fountain. The area is adjacent to the picnic area and “swimming pool,” (automated water spouts where kids can cool off in their bathing suits) making it ideal for family outings with pets. Picnic tables are just outside the dog park, so it’s possible to set up a snack table and keep an eye on the kids and the dogs at the same time. More information including general guidelines can be found here.
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3801 Eastside St.
Houston, TX 77098
Levy Park was acquired by the city in 1942. The dog park was added as part of a renovation program in 2006. The dog park is near the updated playground equipment and the softball field with plenty of parking. The park is relatively small, with some shade and a dog water fountain. Similar to Ervan Chew Park, the dog zone has a small bark cover and no grass.
TC Jester Park
4201 TC Jester Blvd.
Houston. TX 77018
The TC Jester Park has the largest off-leash dog areas, including a 31,000-square-foot run for big dogs and a 16,000-square-foot run for small dogs, for a total enclosure of 1.08 acres. Both sections include benches and dog drinking fountains. The park has great walking trails, but dogs have to be on a leash, so TC Jester offers ample flexibility.
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