The 5 Best Dog Parks in Anchorage

Written by Emilio Brown
Updated: January 23, 2023
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Which dog doesn’t love a visit to the dog park? Plenty of space is provided for dogs to run their hearts out. Friendly pups ready to play can also be found in a dog park. Dog parks help keep the local pups in shape and let them get out their energy in a safe place. This article will take a look at 5 of the best dog parks in Anchorage, Alaska. If a resident or just a passerby, any pooch will love a visit to one of these parks.

Each dog park has its own rules put in place to keep everyone that visits safe. If you do not know the rules of the dog park you are visiting, they can usually be found posted outside the off-leash areas. Getting your dog vaccinated, well-trained, and comfortable enough to play with others are important before visiting any dog park. Let’s take a gander at the 5 of the best dog parks in Anchorage and what they have to offer.

1. Whisper Faith Kovach Park

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There are two sections at Whisper Faith Kovach off-leash area, giving large and small breeds a place to play.

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Whisper Faith Kovach Park
Location 1904 Lore Rd, Anchorage, AK, US, 99507
Hours 6 AM-11 PM Hours
Price Free 

In central Anchorage, you can find a mid-sized off-leash dog play area inside the Whisper Faith Kovach Park. This dog park consists of two separate fenced areas. The smaller fenced area is for small dogs under 30 pounds, and the larger fenced area is for large dogs over 30 pounds.

The park is simple yet provides the perfect area for dogs to exercise and play. Both areas have grassy terrain with small hills all over. The dog area is a new addition to the park, so everything is in good condition. There are a few pieces of agility equipment in the large dog area, perfect for teaching your pup a new trick.

Doggy bags and trash cans are provided outside the entrance to the dog park. Some areas in the park have more dirt than grass, and during the rainy weather, it can get muddy, which can be a problem for some visitors. Whisper Faith Kovach Park is one of the smaller dog parks in Anchorage, so it can get crowded fairly quickly.

2. Valley of the Moon Park

Valley of the Moon Dog Park
Location 608 W 17th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Hours 6 AM–12 AM
Price Free 

Inside the Valley of the Moon Park in North Anchorage is an off-leash park for your pooch. Here, you and your furry friend have plenty of room to play and explore. The off-leash dog play area has dirt and grassy terrain, which can get very muddy during rainy weather. The entrance is double gated to keep everyone’s dog safe when leaving and arriving.

The park supplies doggy waste bags and trash cans located outside the dog park. The inside of the off-leash area is very open, giving dogs plenty of space to run around. A few small benches and tables are inside the dog play area, giving owners a place to relax. This park can get very busy during the afternoons and evenings. Weekends are typically busy all day.  

3. Connors Big Dog Park

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The Connors Big Dog Park is not fully enclosed, so dogs visiting should be trained not to run off too far.

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Connors Big Dog Park
Location 5404 Jewel Lake Rd, Anchorage, AK 99517
Hours 6 AM–10:30 PM
Price Free 

Conners Big Dog Park is a large off-leash dog area near Conner Lake Park. The off-leash area is not completely fenced, so this park may not be ideal if your pooch is prone to running off. There are lots of trails and grassy areas for you and your furry friend to explore. Visitors can walk to the lake’s edge, and their dogs can have a nice swim on a warm day.  

Due to its large size, this park is best for taking an off-leash walk. There are spots with some benches, so owners can sit while their pups run around. 

4. South Anchorage Dog Park

South Anchorage Dog Park
Location 799 W Klatt Rd, Anchorage, AK 99515
Hours 6 AM–11 PM
Price Free 

The South Anchorage Dog Park is a large off-leash area right next to a creek. This dog park is located in the South Anchorage Sports Park, which has several other amenities like baseball, fields, a playground, and a climbing area. The dog park at this park has two sections. The smaller section at this dog park is reserved for smaller breeds. A larger play area for all breeds is located right next to the smaller area.

This dog park is one of the best in Anchorage by its residents due to its size and cleanliness. There are also trails nearby the dog park that let you take your pup for a nice walk.

5. University Lake Dog Park

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When visiting University Lake Dog Park, you should have a keen eye on your pup since there are animals like beavers in the lake.

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University Lake Dog Park
Location 4050 University Lake Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
Hours 6 AM–11 PM
Price Free 

Along the northern end of University Lake in east Anchorage is the University Lake Dog Park. This park contains many areas and trails for dogs to use. This park is best for off-leash walks and lets you explore different wooded places on the trails. The park is not completely fenced in, so having a well-trained dog is extremely important in controlling them.

The University Lake Dog Park showcases the scenery and wildlife of the wooded lake while letting dogs spend some time off their leash. Swimming is not advised in the lake since there are wild beavers who get aggressive if dogs get too close.

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Spiders, snakes, and lizards are my favorite types of animals, and I enjoy keeping some species as pets. I love learning about the various wonders nature has to offer and have been a writer for 5 years. In my spare time, you can find me getting out into nature.

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