Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska. With approximately 268,738 people, the city is the second most populous city in the state. Lincoln hosts more than 73,903 pet-owning households, there are 137,884 dogs, cats, horses, birds, and more living in Lincoln, which means pets make up a little over 51% of the population. There's a good chance if you're walking around Lincoln, you'll see a four-legged friend.
With over 6,000 acres of parks and natural land, nine recreation centers, 133 miles of trails, ten public pools, and five city golf courses there is plenty to do in the expansive outdoors of Lincoln. The goal of Lincoln is to have a park within the ½ mile of each home in the community. There are quite a few parks in Lincoln where you can bring your dogs, but there are two that are strictly for dogs.
The Rickman’s Run Holmes Lake Dog Park on the east side of 70th in southeast Lincoln has 26 acres of fenced area just for dogs, a special section just for small dogs, and a walking trail along Antelope Creek. Also, there is Oak Creek Dog Park at The North 1st and Cornhusker Highway that has 20 acres of a fenced play area and a special section for small dogs as well. Both parks are completely off-leash play parks which is great for you and your fur babies, especially to keep your furry friend socialized.
Oak Lake Dog Park, located in Woodlawn Estates in Lincoln, is a city dog’s dream. The park is fully fenced. The spacious off leash park offers lots of opportunities for running, fetch, and playing with other dogs. There are some shade structures, but it’s BYOWB (Bring Your Own Water Bowl) all the way. After working off some energy, you and your dog can build endurance by leashing up and heading into Oak Lake Park proper. Leashed dogs can enjoy the walking trails around Oak Lake and through the park.
Bethany in Lincoln is home to beautiful Bethany Park. This park is a large, multi-use space right in the middle of a bustling neighborhood. Leashed dogs will find plenty of stimulation in the sights, smells, and varied terrain of the park. A few loops should help cut boredom and work off some energy! For longer walks, head to MoPac Trail. Part of the Rails-to-Trails conservatory line, this multi-use trail once housed trains. Now it houses joggers, dogs, hikers, and even equestrians! Walk as far as you like, just remember that the path doesn’t form a loop!