A booming town like Carmel, Indiana, does not only see it’s human population increase, the pet population has grown just as fast, perhaps even faster. Carmel has been nominated as one of the safest places to live in the US, and pet happiness is one of the factors in the nomination. There are plenty of amenities and facilities for pet owners and their cherished pets.
Carmel has a high amount of households that own one or more dogs. It is no miracle that one of the favorite pastimes in town is walking the dog. One of the best places to walk the dogs is Tom Wood Subaru Dog Park at Clay Terrace. The 423 sq. ft. park offers seats, waste stations and attractions for dogs such as a doggie crawl.
Do you prefer a bit more privacy? The newly opened Central Bark Park makes your dog a VIP as the entrance to the park is for members only. The two-acre complex is limited to 250 members only and is equipped with a key fob entry system. Inside the park, there are green grassy fields for dogs to run as well as a wooded area.
Hungry after a long day in the park? Load up your stomach in one of the pet-friendly restaurants Carmel has to offer. Notable restaurants in town are Forge in the Forest and Carmel Belle, which not only allows your dog to accompany you but have a separate dog menu.
This downtown neighborhood has many shops, restaurants, and places to go with your pup. Club Canine, located on 457 3rd Street, operates a daily doggie day care for its regular customers. On the first and third Fridays of the month, it opens its doors during its Yappy Hour for all dogs to come and play from 6:30-8:00 PM. For $5, a dog can enjoy the 5000 sq.ft. facility in the heart of town. This indoor dog park features dog play equipment on easy-to-clean rubber floor. Nearby,dog friendly Muldoon’s Restaurant on 111 W Main gives dogs and their people outdoor patio seating to sit and enjoy a meal.
The Echo Crest neighborhood is lucky to have the Central Bark Park located at 1427 E. 116 Street. This 2-acre dog park is open to members only. This exclusive dog park is so popular that its membership includes 300 dogs, and new dogs are put on a wait list. This dog park has a plush, well-irrigated carpet of green grass, a separate enclosure for small dogs, drinking fountains for dogs and people, a small shelter and some trees. Close by is the free Central Park North with is open meadow and picnic areas. Dogs can walk on leash on the many beautifully wooded trails in the park. This park also provides an access point to the Monon Greenway Interurban Trail, a 10-mile trail to explore on leash.
The North Meridian Street neighborhood gives dogs visiting Carmel a chance to play in a free, unrestricted dog park. The Tom Wood Subaru Dog Park is a 423 sq. foot dog park located at 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd. This dog park operates on an honor system. Dogs are expected to have all the necessary vaccinations, but there is no formal registration process or fees to pay. This small, grassy dog park has a double-gated entry, as well as agility equipment for the dogs to ensure safe yet fun play. Remember to bring water, though, because there’s no water on site. This park is open to all dogs during daylight hours.
A short 23-mile drive south of Carmel is the metropolitan northwest suburb of Indianapolis. The Fort Harrison Dog Park at 8769 Fill Creek Rd. is definitely worth the drive. This dog park has three huge grassy areas for dogs to run and play off leash. One area is always reserved for the smaller dogs. More fun can be had splashing in the swimming pond on a hot summer day. Human companions can sit under the shelter, or on a cold winter’s day warm some hands by the park’s fireplace. Baggies are available for the necessary clean ups. This dog park requires a registration and a fee.
This northwestern suburb of Indianapolis is just 25 miles south of Carmel. This neighborhood loves its dogs, and the Waggin Tails Bark Park is proof of that. The dog park is located at 10450 E. 63rd Street. This cozy green patch of off-leash fun requires registration and some money for its use. Membership is limited to 500 humans. The dog park provides on-site water with drinking fountains designed for both dog and human companion. The park also has doggie clean up bags, as well as a few benches for the human companions to sit. The park has agility equipment for training or just some extra fun.