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  • Dog Parks

    Pima County parks aren’t just for people. Since many people like to bring their dogs to our parks, the county park system has created places specifically for people and their pets to enjoy time outdoors together.

    Dogs are only allowed off-leash within specific areas designated for unleashed dogs. Urban and river parks require dogs be on-leash at all times unless they are within dog play areas. Most open space and natural resource parks do not allow dogs on the property, such as Tucson Mountain Park where the potential conflict between dogs off-leash and wildlife is greatest. Dogs can disrupt natural wildlife habitats being protected in the park. However, there are some open space properties with minimal restrictions because of the lack of facility development and authorized use of dogs for hunting and other sporting purposes.

    Leash rules are for the safety of your pet and other park users. Keeping your pet under control on a leash is the best way to prevent injuries to your pet from wildlife, plant hazards, or other dogs and helps protect natural wildlife habitat. Keeping your pet leashed is also a common courtesy to other park users. Keeping your dog on a leash will ensure all users can enjoy the park at the same time.

    While visiting any of the parks in Pima County, please abide by all signs and rules to ensure you and your pet have an enjoyable and safe time in the park.

      Pima County Maintained Dog Parks

      The following locations are maintained by the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation department.

      Brandi Fenton Memorial Park

      3482 East River Road (River Road and Dodge Road)
      Features: Double entry gates, divided small, medium, and large dog areas, doggie fountain, pooper scooper dispensers, benches, tables, and shaded areas.

      Flowing Wells Park

      5510 North Shannon Road (north of Curtis Road)
      Features: Double entry gates, divided small and large dog areas, doggie fountains, popper scooper dispensers, and benches.

      George Mehl Family Foothills Park – Smiling Dog Ranch

      4000 East River Road (River Road and Pontatoc Road)
      Features: Double entry gates, one area for dogs of all sizes, doggie fountain, pooper scooper dispensers, benches, and shade ramada.

      McDonald District Park

      4100 North Harrison Road (Harrison Road and Prospect Lane)
      Features: Double entry gates, divided small and large dog areas, doggie fountain, pooper scooper dispensers, benches, tables, and some shaded areas.

      Northwest Community Neighborhood Park

      7601 North Mona Lisa Road (Mona Lisa Road and Magee Road)
      Features: Double entry gates, divided small and large dog areas, doggie fountain, pooper scooper dispensers, tables and benches.

      Intermittent closures beginning August 6, 2013 to install handicap parking. Alternative Dog Park Facility at Flowing Wells Park, 5510 N. Shannon Road. For more information, please call NRPR at 877-6201.

      Star Valley Park

      6852 West Brightwater Way (Brightwater Way and Wade Road)
      Features: Double entry gates, divided small and large dog areas, doggie fountain, pooper scooper dispensers, tables and benches.

      It is very important that dog owners that use our off leash facilities familiarize themselves with the posted rules. No aggressive dogs are allowed at these facilities. Owners need to keep their dogs on their leashes until they are within the facility. If you have any questions about our off leash facilities, please call 877-6000. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

      Rules

      It shall be unlawful: 

      1. To allow domestic animals or pets off leash except in designated areas or in designated pet shows or training classes approved by Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department.
      2. To restrain pets on leashes more than six feet in length or of insufficient strength to control animal.
      3. To have dogs within Tucson Mountain Park, except in Gilbert Ray Campground. Seeing eye dogs are exempt. 
      4. To not have current licenses as required on all pets. 
      5. To not clean up and properly dispose of all litter or waste created by domestic animals and pets. Owners of seeing eye dogs are exempt.

      Dog Owner Responsibilities

       Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation manages dog parks for your enjoyment and benefit. You must take responsibility for yourself and your dog when using these facilities and please abide by all posted rules and regulations.

      1. Dog feces must be cleaned up by owners.
      2. Dog owners must be in the off-leash facility with their dogs.
      3. Dogs must be removed from the facility at the first signs of aggression.
      4. Dog owners must have a leash in hand at all times. 
      5. Keep children and infants under strict supervision. 
      6. Leash dogs while entering and exiting the facility. 
      7. Female dogs in season are prohibited from entering the facility. 
      8. Fill any hole your dog digs.
      9. Aggressive dogs are not permitted on the premises. 
      10. Owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. 
      11. Dogs must wear a visible and current license.

      City of Tucson Maintained Dog Parks

      Christopher Columbus Park

      4600 North Silverbell Road
      Phone: 520-791-5909

      Gene C. Reid Park-Miko’s Corner Playground

      Country Club Road and 22nd Street
      Phone: 520-791-4873

      Palo Verde Park

      300 South Mann Avenue
      Phone: 520-791-5930

      Sixth Avenue Dog Park

      2075 North 6th Avenue
      Phone: 520-791-5909

      Udall Park

      7290 East Tanque Verde Road
      Phone: 520-791-4931

      Jacobs Park

      3300 North Fairview Avenue
      Phone: 520-791-5909

      Purple Heart Park-Rita Ranch

      10050 East Rita Road
      Phone: 520-791-4873

      City of Tucson Rules and Regulations

      http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/offleash 

      1. Owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs.
      2. Open only one gate at a time when entering or leaving facility.
      3. Children under the age of 10 must have adult supervision and cannot be left unattended. 
      4. Dog owners must stay in the off-leash area within view of their dogs and have a leash within reach at all times. 
      5. All dogs must wear collars with a current Pima County license and must be up-to-date on all vaccinations. 
      6. All dogs must be leashed outside the boundaries of the off-leash area, including to-and-from the parking area. 
      7. Aggressive dogs are not permitted within the off-leash premises. 
      8. Dogs must be removed from the off-leash area at the first sign of aggression. 
      9. A dog that is in season or ill is not permitted in the off-leash area. 
      10. Dog waste must be cleaned up immediately by owner. 
      11. Dogs must be under voice control – they should be able to obey owner voice commands. 
      12. Puppies under the age of four months are prohibited from using off-leash areas. 
      13. Owners are responsible for filling any holes their dogs may dig.

      Dog Safety/Etiquette

      1. To avoid negative encounters, it is safer to hike with your dog on a leash. Potential for contact with venomous and dangerous animals is reduced. 
      2. Be sure your dog is in good physical condition before you take them hiking. 
      3. Always be sure to carry enough water for you and your pet. 
      4. Never leave your pet unattended in your vehicle while hiking, especially during the summer months. 
      5. Take along a small first aid kit for your dog and don’t forget the comb to help remove cactus spines.
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      3500 W. River Road
      Tucson, AZ 85741

      (520) 877-6000


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