Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Services provides two dog play areas in city parks, both open from dawn to dusk. An annual Off-Leash Dog Permit is required for access to the designated off-leash dog play areas. Permits/tags are on sale in the Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office.
Swift Run Park
A joint City-County Swift Run Dog Park (off-leash) at the Swift Run Park, located at the northeast corner of the Swift Run landfill. It is bounded on the north by Ellsworth Road and on the east by Platt Road. The 10-acre Swift Run Dog Park is maintained in partnership with Washtenaw County with financial contributions from both the City and County.
Map: Swift Run Park (pdf)
An off-leash dog play area at Olson Park, located in the south-central portion of the park.
Map: Olson Park (pdf)
An annual Off-Leash Dog Permit is required for access to the designated off-leash dog play areas. The permitting requirement enables the City to provide safe environments in off-leash dog play areas for users and their pets.
The permitting process requires owners to provide health and safety documentation, specifically current rabies vaccination certificate and dog license, and a Waiver & Release Form to comply with established Rules for use of dog play areas. Dog owners must have their dog licensed with the City, County or other municipal jurisdiction to apply for an off-leash dog permit. We've also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help answer all your questions.
Click here to download all the documents and information necessary to obtain a dog permit (448 KB pdf).
To obtain a Dog Park Registration form and hard copies of all the pdf documents above, visit the City of Ann Arbor Clerk's Office, Ann Arbor City Hall, 100 N. Fifth Avenue, second floor.
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