Swift Run Park
The joint 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.
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 with 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 you can click here for the dog park packet (PDF).
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 maintenance at Swift Run Dog Park, please call: 734.971.6337 ext. 316
For maintenance at Olson Park, please call: 734.994.2768
For disruptive animals, dogs lacking the proper tags, etc. please call 734.794.6230.
For customer service : 734.794.6230.
For an emergency, please call 911.
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?
Until you and your dog enter the fenced dog play area, your dog(s) has to be leashed.
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?
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.