Dog parks in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor parks and recreation services provides two off-leash dog play areas in city parks, both open during the parks' regular hours, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. An annual permit is required for access to the designated off-leash areas. Dog park permits/tags and licenses are on sale in the Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
There are three options for applying for your dog park permit:
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 off-leash dog play area is also located at Olson Park, in the south-central portion of the park. The park is at 1505 Dhu Varren Road (northeast corner), between Pontiac Trail and Birchwood Drive. The dog park is just under an acre in size.
An off-leash dog play area is located at 800 Broadway Street along the Huron River with a designed area for small and large dogs. The dog park is 1.37 acres in size.
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 download and view this link for the Dog_Park_Packet.pdf. You may also apply at stream.a2gov.org.
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.
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.
Community input and feedback are important to us! The desire for additional dog parks is identified in the current City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan (an element of the City Master Plan). In an effort to ensure the Park Advisory Commission is responding to this need in an appropriate manner, the public was asked for input via an online survey and a public meeting in March and April 2015. The input was to establish a decision-making process and criteria for choosing dog park locations. The minutes of the public meeting and the results of the survey, as well as the draft guidelines, are here:
The document will be presented to the Park Advisory Commission at the May 19, 2015 meeting.
After the document is approved, public meetings for any specific proposed locations for a dog park will be held, and residents within a ¼-mile radius of the proposed locations will be notified by mail.