Van Meter is an industrial town in Dallas County, Iowa. Van Meter does not require that pets are licensed within the city limits. However, dogs must be on leash at all times and there is a citation involved for those who are found to have their dogs off leash around the town. There are four parks in town, although none of them have off-leash dog areas. Your dog will love the greenery and fresh air found here. There is one local animal clinic in Van Meter should you need some emergency care to keep your pup in tip-top shape. There are many more just northeast, in neighboring towns, if you need some help on your way in or out of town.
The climate here is usually mild and temperate except for in the winter. The best time to visit Van Meter with your dog is in the spring or summer months. It is during these months that you and your dog will enjoy all of the outdoor activities that this small town has to offer both its residents and its visitors. From family fun to quiet, tranquil open green space for you and your dog to walk all over, you are sure to find yourself a tail-waggin’ good time if you find yourself in Van Meter, Iowa.
North Van Meter is home to the town’s Recreational Center. This center welcomes dogs in all of its outdoor facilities. Your dog will love the open soccer fields (as long as there isn’t a game going on) and tons of open space right along the Raccoon River. If you and your pup are planning on hosting an event at the Recreational Center, you can reserve it as well, but call them well in advance as their dates do book up quickly! Make sure you have a good leash and plenty of waste bags with you if you decide to venture to North Van Meter.
South Van Meter is home to the well-known and much loved Trindle Park. Trindle Park is a popular destination for families hosting cookouts, gatherings, and even weddings! To enjoy your trip to Trindle Park with your dog, you will need to bring plenty of clean up bags, towels in case you find a puddle or two after the rain, and your leash. Make sure you pay attention to any crowds and gatherings and be sensitive to your dog’s limits if the park is very crowded the day that you visit. There are two small lakes on the edge of the park if you are looking for a quieter place to walk your pup away from all of the noise!
Central Van Meter is home to City Park. This wagtastic place is the pawfect spot for an impromptu game of fetch with your dog. There is a playground in City Park as well where you can bring your little non-furry children with you as well for a day of fun for the entire family. The central part of town is a scenic residential spot where you and your dog can walk and sniff the day away while you admire the many well-kept lawns found in this neighborhood. Be sure you keep your waste bags handy and your pup on leash the entire time to avoid any issues with passing dogs that may be racing to smell the same flower as yours!
West Van Meter is home to Johnson Park, where you can take your dog for a day in the sun! You will want to bring a picnic basket and a blanket with you when you visit this gorgeous open green space on the west side of town. This park features family fun that welcomes leashed pooches for their scenic view, their amazing disc golf course, a sand volleyball court, and a playground for the little humans to enjoy! Make sure you keep waste bags close by for your visit to this tranquil park and keep your dog close by with a good leash.
East Van Meter is where you will find many quiet spots for a relaxing getaway. There are many small streams here that feed into the Raccoon River where you can pull up in your vehicle and take your dog for a splash on a hot day. Just make sure you have plenty of towels for your dog to shake off on before hopping back into the car for your next adventure. You will also want to bring snacks and treats if you decide to have a quick picnic by the water while you are on this side of Van Meter.