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Guide to Indy’s dog parks

Dog parks are a great way to socialize, both for your pet and yourself. Just make sure you understand the rules and proper dog park etiquette.

Dog on a leash outside of a gated dog park

The Dog Park at Immanuel is a community/volunteer-run dog park, but is strict on its rules to keep pups safe.

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With warmer weather on the way, as a pawrent you may be looking for a park to take your fur baby to. Dog parks are a great way to socialize your pup and give them a chance to run around (or be chased).

Note: Going to dog parks is voluntary and at your own risk — and you should understand the risks + respect dog park rules. You are responsible for your dog’s behavior.

Membership required

Broad Ripple Dog Park, 1426 Broad Ripple Ave. | This is a great place for dogs to get off the leash, run around, and socialize. The fee for the dog park is $75 yearly for one dog or $112.50 for two dogs.

Gated entrance to Broad Ripple dog park

For Broad Ripple dog owners, the dog park is part of their daily routine and a place to build community.

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Paul Ruster Park, 1313 S. Post Rd. | A large portion of this park is a dog park area featuring two large fenced-in areas with benches, dog ramps, and jump bars. The park also has large wooded areas with a couple of trails for casual hiking or a walk with the pooch. This dog park is part of Marion County’s “pooch pass.”

The Dog Park at Immanuel, 382 Prospect St. | This dog park has been open since October 2020 and is the first of its kind — it’s volunteer-run and was created in partnership by neighbors and Immanuel United Church of Christ, with support from local businesses. There is a $50 yearly fee.

Smock Dog Park, ⁠451 E. Stop 11 Rd. | This bark park is located next to Smock Golf Course. A pooch pass is required for entry and a fee is charged for each dog.

Gordon Gilmer Canine Companion Zone, 5855 N. High School Rd. | This is one of the city’s paw-some bark parks, and is a favorite place for dogs and humans at Eagle Creek Park.

Learn more about the city’s dog parks and passes.

Two golden retrievers enjoying the dog park at Metazoa Brewing Co.

Sip on a local brew while your pooches play at the Metazoa dog park.

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Free-for-all

Metazoa Brewing Co., 140 S. College Ave. | This local craft brewery has a pet-friendly taproom, a patio space with tables, and a dog park with a nice skyline view.

Natural State Provisions, 414 Dorman St. | This casual counter-service restaurant in the Holy Cross neighborhood has an outdoor seating area that also features a fenced-in dog park with turf.

Hamilton Town Center Dog Park

Senior City Editor Nicole brought her dog Indy to the dog park at Hamilton Town Center.

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Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville | You can bring your dog with you to Hamilton Town Center because there’s a dog park located across from COhatch. It’s free for your furry friends, and then you can shop numerous dog-friendly stores, like Three Dog Bakery.

Clay Terrace, Carmel | Another Simon property, Clay Terrace also has a free dog park located across from Old Navy that is open to the public during daylight hours seven days a week.

Do you take your furry friend to a different dog park that’s not on our list? Let us know.

Here’s what you said:

Fort Harrison State Park has a dog park, memberships required. Information is on their website.” — Mindy K.

“The Indianapolis Humane Society.” — Sharon S.

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