Dogs love to roam, and most of the time, they like to do it without the restriction of a leash. It makes for better sniffing and exploring. Running about freely is also fantastic doggie exercise. Check out these locations for a dog-friendly leash-less romp.
Bannon Creek Dog Park
2780 Azevedo Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., this small dog-friendly park is a great place for a smaller dog. It has a limited area to roam, which should suit either older, less-exuberant dogs or the ones who weigh less. You’ll find a doggie pond here, benches and a waste station. It is well maintained, and part of that reputation is supported by dog owners picking up what their dogs drop while scampering about.
Granite Dog Park
8200 Ramona Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95826
This nicely fenced-in dog park is located in the Granite Regional Park. This is where the young and the large can speed about to their heart’s content. There are two acres here for everyone to spread out and explore. Water fountains abound and the turf field is well taken care of. There are benches for the bipeds who accompany their dogs. Plenty of doggie poop bags are available and should be used as needed. Hours are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
North Natomas Regional Dog Park
2501 New Market Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
www.northnatomas.orgThis two-acre dog park is located in the North Natomas Regional Park. The fenced two acres are for pooches who are over 25 pounds. The little guys, or those who are somewhat timid, have their own fenced-off half-acre. Off-leash doggie fetch contests spring up as needed. The drooling doggies have a wonderful field to relax on. Water and waste stations are located in both fenced areas. It’s a great place to dog watch and open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
1780 Creekside Drive
Folsom, CA 95630
Located in Folsom’s Cummins Family Park, the hours at FIDO Field vary according to weather conditions and season. On Wednesdays, it is closed for maintenance and general sprucing up. The park is small and well used by the community. Waggle rules are simple and posted. Aggressive dogs and humans who smoke are prohibited. As with all dog parks, picking up after your critter is not only required, it’s just good manners. No food is allowed in the fenced-off dog park area.
Carmichael Dog Park
5750 Grant Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
Called the Canine Corral Dog Park, this 1.3-acre slice of off-leash heaven for your dog is loaded with trees. Hours are from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. You’ll find a smaller fenced area for smaller dogs, water fountains, benches and shade. That’s a great combination. Owners need to keep their pets under control while they are off leash. Aggressive dogs should stay leashed. Come out to play with others, meet new friends and give your pooch the room to run.
Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.