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​​Swift Run P​ark

The joi​​​nt city-county Swift Run Dog Park is 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.

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Perm​​its

An annual off-leash dog permit is required for access to the designated off-leash 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 and release form to comply with established rules for use of dog play areas. Dog owners must have their dog licensed wi​th the city, county, or other municipal jurisdiction to apply for an off-leash dog permit. A list of frequently asked questions, below, can provide more information or see the Dog Park Packet.​ 

If you would prefer a paper copy of the dog park registration form, please visit the City of Ann Arbor clerk's office at Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St., second floor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Frequen​tly As​ked Q​​​uestions

What is a dog park?
A dog park is a location set aside for dogs and their owners to exercise and play off leash in a controlled (i.e., fenced) environment.

Does the City of Ann Arbor have a dog leash law?
Per Chapter 107, 9:47(1), the city code, it is a violation to have a dog off-leash in city parks, other than in a designated dog play area. The violation is punishable, per Chapter 107, 9:52 by a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500 for a first offense and for a second offense not less than $50 nor more than $500.


What are the hours of the dog parks in Ann Arbor?
Park hours are dawn to dusk (subject to closures for required maintenance operations). Under no circumstances are you permitted in the park before 6 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

If I observe a problem at the park, what should I do?

  • For an emergency, please call 911.
  • For disruptive animals, dogs lacking the proper tags, etc. please call the Police non-emergency number at 734.994.2911.​
  • For maintenance at Swift Run Dog Park, please call 734.971.6337 ext. 316
  • For maintenance at Broadway and Olson Park, please call 734.794.6320​.
  • For Parks customer service 734.794.6230.

Can I bring more than one dog to these parks?
No more than two dogs are permitted per handler, at one time. Professional dog trainers are not permitted to conduct training onsite.

In addition to the new dog park tag my pet will need to display, what else should I have?
Dog owners must have their dog licensed with the city, county, or other municipal jurisdiction to apply for an
off-leash dog permit. Current dog licenses must be displayed.

Am I responsible for cleaning up after my dog?
Yes. A receptacle for waste will be located on site; however, we will not be providing bags or scoops. A box will also be provided for dog owners to donate bags for other park users.

What should I bring with me to the park?
Please remember to have your dog(s) license and permit tags visible at all times and that they are current. Also, water and bags.

Will the dog parks be policed or monitored by the city parks and recreation services unit?
There will not be a park staff person stationed at the dog parks, however, police will monitor the areas periodically. Additionally, volunteers in the community are organizing a group to monitor the parks during peak hours.

When does my dog have to be on a leash at the park?
Dogs must be leashed at all time unless both the dog and owner are inside a designated fenced in dog play area which are located at Swift Run, Olson Park, and Broadway Park.

Why is there a fee for the dog park and what will the monies be used for?*
An annual off-leash dog permit will be required for access to the designated off-leash dog play areas. The permitting requirement will enable the city to provide safe environments in off-leash dog play areas for users and their pets.

If my pet is a service dog, do I need to purchase a dog park permit in Ann Arbor?
The fee for the permit will be waived, however, you will still be required to fill out the appropriate paperwork for an application and have the tag displayed.

Who should I contact for information about volunteer opportunities in the dog parks?
Please contact the Adopt-a-Park Program at [email protected] or 734.794.6627.

Do I need to be a resident of Ann Arbor to obtain a dog park permit?
No, anyone can use the dog parks once their pet meets the requirements to obtain a permit.

*Scholarships are available. For additional information, please call 734.794.6230.​


Update 6.21.22

Swift Run Dog Park Updates

June 2022

 
Thank you for your patience as we work on the Swift Run Dog Park.
We wanted to provide you with an update.

Background
The Swift Run Dog Park is built on an old landfill and therefore occasionally provides maintenance challenges throughout the park.  The City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission are limited in what can and cannot be done to the property based on regulatory standards from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
 
Issues
There are some unique challenges that come with maintaining this site.  There are regulatory considerations that must be made when proposing improvements because this was a landfill. Underground materials continue to break down and cause the earth to settle resulting in the large depressions you may see. The site holds water due to its design not to absorb water but shed it. 

Maintenance Plan
Both organizations are committed to maintaining this park and providing an accessible, safe facility for you and your pet.
Current maintenance includes:

  • Mow area regularly throughout the season
  • Fill-in wet areas and holes as needed

Additional maintenance plan includes:

  • Replace a portion of fencing on western side of park – In Progress
  • The fencing project has been put on hold due to a contractual issue.  Once the site dries out, we will finish the project and replace the last 150' of fencing on the southwest portion of the park. 
  • The City of Ann Arbor added additional gravel to the parking lot – COMPLETED
  • Resurfacing is planned for this summer but waiting for the site to dry up – Summer 2022
  • Adding fill dirt on western side of park – Summer 2022
  • Adding fill dirt on the eastern side of the park

Additional plans include:

  • Develop long-term maintenance plan for the park – 2022/2023