Ankeny is 16 miles north of Pleasant Hill. Ankeny Dog Park is located at 1155 SW Ankeny Road. This dog park has 6.75 acres in its large dog area, and .75 of an acre in its small dog enclosure. Dogs have opportunities for socialization and exercise. This scenic dog park has a half-acre pond, benches, and trails for on-leash walking. Water fountains are available in the park, and waste stations make for easy pickups. Permits are required to use the dog park. Both annual and daily passes are sold at the Ankeny City Hall. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk.
West Des Moines is 12 miles west of Pleasant Hill. Raccoon River Dog Park is located at 2500 Grand Avenue. The dog park has 10 fenced acres where dogs can romp and run off-leash. There is a separate area for small dogs. The dog park is surrounded by forest, and there are trails for you and your dog to explore together. Benches can be found under large trees -- the pawfect spot to rest and watch Fido play. Water is available on-site, and there waste bags are provided. Use of this dog park is by annual permit only. The dog park opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at dusk.
Ames is 40 miles north of Pleasant Hill. Ames Dog Park is located at 605 Billy Sunday Road. This dog park has two areas. Eight acres are for large dogs, and two acres are set aside for small ones. The dog park has water fountains designed for both dogs and people, so don’t worry if you forgot to bring water. The dog park has mostly grassy ground with patches of dirt here and there. A few benches are positioned within the enclosures. Kiddie pools give dogs a chance for a cool dip during hot months. Waste bags that are biodegradable are supplied by the dog park, and are put into special waste containers for disposal. Access to this dog park is by permit only.
Runnells is 12 miles south of Pleasant Hill. Rover’s Ranch is located at 200 SE 108th Street. Rover’s Ranch is a private business that has a large dog park for its members’ use. This large, fenced dog park allows dogs to come and play and socialize. The dog park is also used for off-leash training. The semi-rural setting gives great space for dogs to run and be dogs without the strictures of more urban settings. Rover’s Ranch has a variety of training classes, too, including basic obedience, puppy training, and more specialized obedience training. The business includes boarding services. Rover’s does not sell additional memberships when it reaches capacity.
Indianola is 20 miles south of Pleasant Hill. Indianola Dog Park is located in Downey Park at 1710 S. K Street. This dog park is a flat, grassy and fully fenced enclosure for off-leash exercise and socialization. There is a separate area for the small dogs. Water is available on-site. A few benches are scattered about the dog park for the human companions. Waste bags are supplied. The dog park has a few pieces of agility equipment for a little extra fun. This dog park requires a permit for use. Daily and annual passes are sold at the Indianola Department of Parks and Recreation. The dog park operates from dawn to dusk.