Fresno is a pretty large city with a population of over 500,000. With so many people, there are bound to be tons of dogs that need exercising and socializing. There are a variety of dog parks you can go to in Fresno, and each has something to love. From agility courses to kiddie pools and donated dog toys, there’s always something for you and your furry friend to enjoy.
While each dog park is different, they all have pretty similar rules which include;
- The off-leash dog area is for dogs and their handlers only.
- Children under 6 are not allowed inside the dog park and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- All dogs must have an up-to-date license and vaccination.
- No dogs under 4 months of age are allowed inside the dog park.
- Dogs must be on a leash when entering and exiting the dog park.
- Handlers must clean up after their dog.
- No aggressive dogs are allowed in the park.
- Maximum of 3 dogs per handler.
- Handlers are responsible for any injury caused by dogs under their control.
Let’s take a look at 5 of the best dog parks in Fresno, California.
1. Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park
|Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park
|3934 N Hayston Ave, Fresno, CA 93726
|10 AM-7 PM
Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park is located in north-central Fresno near the Sierra Freeway. This dog park requires membership, and in order to get one, you have to provide vaccination records and proof of spay or neuter. All potential canine members must be at least 6 months old. As part of the application process, you will have to have your dog undergo a temperament test. Temperament testing is conducted Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and appointments are not needed.
This dog park is a large fenced area with a grassy landscape. There are separate areas for small dogs and large dogs. The park has a canine wading pool and an agility course. There are trees spread throughout the park and some benches underneath so owners can sit in the shade.
The park provides doggy bags, toys, and water bowls so you can keep your pup hydrated and clean while they play and socialize. The park is usually busy Tuesday through Thursday and much less busy the rest of the week.
2. Roeding Park Dog Run
|Roeding Park Dog Run
|890 W Belmont Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
|Thursday, Saturday, and Monday/24 Hours. Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday/Closed
The Roeding Park Dog Run is located in southwest Fresno. The dog run is located on the west end of Roeding Park near Fresno Chaffee Zoo. This is a mid-sized fenced-in, off-leash dog park with a grassy landscape and a few large trees inside the dog area that provide ample shade. There are two separate areas for large dogs and small dogs.
Inside both dog areas, there is a picnic table and a water fountain so owners can relax and keep their pups hydrated. The busiest days are typical Saturday and Sunday, while the weekdays are usually very slow. This park needs some maintenance and cleaning, but its location near the zoo makes it a great place to take your dog when you want to have a nice weekend outing.
3. Todd Beamer Dog Park
|Todd Beamer Dog Park
|2050 E Plymouth Way, Fresno, CA 93720
|5 AM-8 PM
Todd Beamer Dog Park is located in northern Fresno in the southwestern corner of Todd Beamer Park. This fenced off-leash dog area is one of the smaller dog parks found in Fresno but still has plenty to offer. The landscaping for this dog park is grassy depending on the season. Like most dog parks in Fresno, Todd Beamer Dog Park tends to be busiest on the weekends, while weekdays stay pretty slow.
The park offers water stations and dog bowls so your pooch can stay hydrated. The park also has some balls and old toys that the patrons have donated, as well as an agility course so your dog has plenty to do. There are no trees inside the park, and the few small trees outside the park provide no shade, but there is a canopy. There are multiple benches along the sides of the fence for owners to sit and watch their pups.
4. Bob Belcher Dog Park
|Bob Belcher Dog Park
|2158 E Alluvial Ave, Fresno, CA 93720
Bob Belcher Dog Park is located in north-central Fresno inside Maple Alluvial Park, next to Mountain View Elementary School. The landscaping for the off-leash dog area is grassy, with some dirt patches scattered throughout. There are a few small trees that provide a good amount of shade, and some benches inside and outside the fenced dog area.
The park is one of the smaller dog parks in Fresno, but it still has plenty of room for your pup to run and play. There is a small agility course for your dog to use, and a water fountain so your furry friend can stay hydrated. The park has trash cans but no doggy bags, so be sure to bring your own. The busiest days are typically Saturday and Sunday, while the park stays pretty empty on the weekdays.
5. Basin AH1 Dog Park
|Basin AH1 Dog Park
|4257 W Alamos Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
|7 AM-10 PM
Basin AH1 Dog Park is located in west Fresno in Furlong Field. The landscape is grassy, with dirt patches and some large and small trees scattered throughout. The dog park is fenced off with a double-fenced leash cage to ensure your dog’s safety while entering and exiting the park. This dog park is pretty large and has multiple chairs and a few picnic tables spread around so owners can relax while their furry friends socialize.
The park has trash cans but does not provide doggy bags, so it’s important to bring your own to help keep the dog park clean. There are water bowls and hoses found in the off-leash and three or four kiddie pools for your pooch to enjoy in the summer heat. The busiest days are usually Sundays, from early afternoon to evening.
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