Feature image by City of Adelaide taken at Pityarilla Dog Park
Now that Spring is in the air, why not take advantage of the glimpses of sunshine and take your precious pooch to a dog park.
Dog parks are incredible for so many reasons. They allow your furry friends to socialise, experience new environments and have run off lead in a safe environment. Plus, you can also meet like-minded dog-loving individuals as well.
We’ve put together a list of 10 dog parks in and around Adelaide that you should definitely hit up with your doggo. Please be aware that dog parks aren’t for everyone. Only take your dog to an off-leash dog park if you know they handle playing with new dogs well. And remember to be mindful of cleaning up after your dog.
Pityarilla Dog Park- Glen Osmond Road, Adelaide
Conveniently located at the southern Adelaide Park Lands (the entrance off the northern end of Glen Osmond Road), this dog park is actually a two-in-one. Two separate dog parks are completely fenced off; one for small dogs, one for big.
This is a great park to hit up if you live in or nearby the CBD. Especially if you live in an apartment, it has never been easier to get your dog outside for a good run around. You can even take your dog on a walk around the parklands while you are there- we are sure they would definitely appreciate it.
North Adelaide Dog Park- Robe Terrace, North Adelaide
Like the Pityarilla Dog Park, this North Adelaide spot also has separate areas for big and small dogs so that you can have a super safe experience. If you have a dog that loves adventure, then they will love the tunnels that this park has. They could spend hours having a ball.
If you have a tight schedule and can only get to the dog park after business hours, this park is open until 10pm and you can push a button at the park entrance to get lighting.
Symonds Reserve Dog Park, Aldinga Beach
This is a great one for not just your dog, but the whole family. This reserve has a ample open space. It has a fully-fenced dog park, play equipment for kids, exercise stations, a walking trail, and even a BMX track and skateboard facilities.
Dog Sentsory Garden- Woodville West
We have already written a full article on this epic dog park, but it is such a cool one that we just had to include it in this guide. The new garden has planted trees, herbs, and shrubs that are all fragrant and safe so your dog can enjoy their “sniffari” and remain healthy.
The experience is beneficial for dogs not only because it’s fun, but also because sniffing has health benefits for dogs. Because sniffing is a workout but requires less movement, the scentsory experience is great for older or arthritic dogs, vaccinated puppies, or dogs recovering from surgery. It can also help calm down high energy and adolescent dogs who need help relaxing because all the excitement tires them out.
Adelaide Brighton Community Dog Park- corner of Hargraves and Alfred street in Birkenhead
This is one for all your Brightoners. This park includes a range of handy features for you and you dog to enjoy, including including irrigated grass recreation lawns, a paved entry plaza, two new shelters that will be real lifesavers in case of bad weather, seating and a drinking fountain with dog bowl.
Over 2000 new native trees and plants have been planted, and are also a tonne of fun rocks, boulders and logs to add to the dog’s experience. There are also a series of new bins and a dog bag dispenser unit.
West Torrens Dog Park- Westside Bikeway, Moss Ave
This is another park on this list that has separate parks for big and small dogs. Plenty of vegetation for the dogs to sniff around in, and it is conveniently located near the city and Anzac Highway.
Conyngham Street Dog Park- Conyngham Street, Glenside
A great addition to the Glenside area, which is also easily accessible to those in Burnside, Glenunga, Dulwich, Parkside and Linden Park. This park has two new drinking fountains with dog water bowls, as well as a new shade shelter with seats and table.
Golden Grove Dog Park- Bicentennial Drive, Golden Grove
This pet park is a fully fenced area specifically for dog exercise. It has dog obstacles designed to accomodate novice through to advanced dogs. Features include shade, seating, drinking water for dogs, poop bags and bins.
Denis Morrissey Park (Four Paws Park)- St Bernard’s Road, Hectorville
This attractive Hectorville park has a lovely creekside setting and features the Four Paws Park, which allows unleashed exercising of dogs in a shady natural setting. As well as the dog friendly facilities, there are picnic and playground facilities and grassed areas. The playground is suitable for pre-school and school aged children. There is a pathway through the park that is 600m long.
CC Hood Reserve- cnr Panorama Drive and Eliza Place, Panorama
As well as having a fully-fenced dog park, this gorgeous reserve also has BBQ facilities, fitness equipment, child’s soccer goals and picnic tables.
Have we missed any good ones? Email [email protected] with more information.