Guest Posts
Print|Text Size: ||
Dog Park News
Is your off-leash area one of the best in the country?

The new list of “Top Ten Dog Parks in the USA” from PetVR.com includes my local off-leash area at Warren G. Magnuson Dog Park in Seattle. Frankly, I was surprised. We are so frequently overshadowed by the much larger, more pastoral dog park at Marymoor across Lake Washington, I usually end up defensive when I read these lists. Now, I’m just curious. I love my park and feel pride about making the grade, but I do wonder about the criteria. There is a one-acre park on this list. I’ve never been to the Bea Arthur Dog Park in Norfolk, Va., so I am prepared to stand corrected but that seems pretty small to be among the best in the country. (Also, don't get me wrong, I love Maude!) Do you agree with these selections? Has your go-to park been neglected or earned an accolade it doesn’t deserve?

In other dog park news, Baltimore will open it’s first city-backed dog park this weekend (with four more off-leash areas in the works). According to a post at ohmidog.com (a website created by a former Pulitzer Prize-winning Baltimore Sun reporter), Locust Point Dog Park will feature “a giant dead tree, shaved of its bark and set atop large rocks, stump and all.” I love the sound of that; we know dogs adore perches. Of course, it’s also going to provide an irresistible marking target.


Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

Order Dog Park Wisdom

More From The Bark

More in Guest Posts:
Marriage Proposal Declined Because of Dog
Proof that Dogs Were Our Ancient Hunting Partners
High School Runners Team Up with Shelter Dogs
Garmin Dog Collar Gadget Has Sparked Outrage in Dog Community
Dying Woman Wants to be with Dogs
More Companies Are Allowing Pets At The Office
NJ Pays Tribute To 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs
Rescuing a Dog in an Unlikely Predicament
Adopting From Thousands of Miles Away
English Bulldogs Face Extinction