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Dog Areas in Ankeny

17 Parks
3 Trails
4 Shops
10 Eateries
8 Groomers

The city of Ankeny in Iowa started out as only 1 square mile of land and 445 people. Nowadays, you'll find a much larger town that's perfect for families with children and fur babies. Named Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Best Places to Raise Kids and Family Circle magazine’s Top 10 Best Towns for Families, you'll find 7 veterinarians and plenty of outdoor places to play with your canine family.

The Ankeny Dog Park is a great example of outdoor places for dogs. The park boasts 7.5 acres of land that is fenced-in with separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, and with access to a dog-friendly swimming pond and paved paths. Dog-lovers will enjoy the well-maintained park, fresh cut grass, benches, clean-up stations and the security of the double-gated fences. Owners must have a dog pass to visit the park with Fido.

Starting in downtown Ankeny is the High Trestle Trail, a 25.6-mile trail converted from an old railroad track, and featuring the former train trestle as part of the trail. Dogs are welcome on the walk, but must remain on leash. With access to high-up views and scenes of the Big Creek Lake, this path is sure to please. 

You'll be giving a round of appaws after you continue to explore all the dog-friendly activities around Ankeny.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Ankeny

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    Population Density 3,749/sq mi

    #1 Ankeny City Center

    Residents of the Ankeny City Center will find plenty of dog-friendly activities among the small muttropolis. The Westside Park is one option, which boasts a little pond, a paved path and open fields for Fido. The park also has benches, water fountains and trash bins. Also in this neighborhood is a 12-acre plot known as Promenade Park. This area features scenic water views and large open areas to walk or play in. Fido is welcome, but must remain on leash. The park also has a winding paved trail that leads outside the park to the dog-friendly Prairie Trail, a 13-mile trail with paved paths, trash bins and shaded areas for rest.
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    Population Density 3,142/sq mi

    #2 Summerbrook

    Summerbrook is one of the most populated urban areas in the town, and nestled among the houses are dog-friendly parks. Summerbrooke Park is a 5.2-acre park that has all that Fido needs: open fields to play, benches for resting, water fountains, trash bins and a clean-up station! A second option is the Sunrise Park, a shaded park with different varieties of trees, and an intertwining, paved trail system. The park has features like benches, a picnic area, grilling station, water fountains and a dog-friendly pavilion. Fido is welcome at both parks, but must remain on a leash.
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    Population Density 1,721/sq mi

    #3 Northeast Ankeny

    Northeast Ankeny is a quiet neighborhood, comprised of a mixture of homes and forested trees. Crestbuck Park is a dog-friendly park that's centered in the community, with open fields and trees surrounding the outer edges of the park. Fido must remain on a leash at the park, but can then enjoy paved trails, benches and water fountains. Owners will have to bring clean-up bags. Michael Park gives another option to walk Fido, and is located on the southern edge of the neighborhood. The park has a winding trail that features views of a small creek, and a small grilling area. Fido must remain on a leash at the park.
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    Population Density 1,355/sq mi

    #4 Crocker

    Crocker is an urban neighborhood that is stacked to the brim with homes. Among the community is the Sawgrass Park, a dog-lovers haven for dog walking. The large park has a 1.2-mile trail system that twists around the edges and around the pond. Fido must remain on leash, but also has access to open fields, drinking fountains, benches and picnic shelters. A smaller park in the southern area of Crocker is Glenbrooke Park which welcomes leashed dogs to visit the open fields and basketball area. Features of the park include lights, trash bins, and benches.
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    Population Density 933/sq mi

    #5 Prairie Lakes

    Prairie Lakes is the best place to go for Ankeny dog-lovers. The neighborhood boasts a park of the same name that's dog-friendly, Prairie Lakes Park. The park makes up a large area of greenery surrounding 3 separate ponds. On the walking trails, Fido must remain on a leash, but will get plenty of exercise and pleasant views of the water. Across the street from the park is Greentree Park, which offers more amenities like water fountains, trash bins, and nighttime lights. Fido must also remain on a leash at this park, but can run around in the enclosed tennis court area, as long as no one is playing.
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