Greenwood, Indiana, lives up to its name. This suburb of Indianapolis currently has 17 public parks including the Greenwood Community Garden and the Greenwood Community Center. It is, therefore, not a miracle that this community of almost 55,000 people has a lot of avid dog fans in their midst.
What options are there for dog owners, aside from the public parks where dogs have to be held on a tight leash?
The locals are a big fan of the Four Paws Dog Park. This off-leash dog park is part of the University Park and requires a membership card to enter. This, however, ensures that the park is well-maintained. The dog park has wooden benches, water fountains and even agility equipment for the dogs.
For a more challenging route, dogs and their owners can tackle the Tracy trail. This relatively short trail offers a greenway through the town of Greenwood through Summerfield Park and Woodman Park. The route meanders along a stream and offers no shade so beware for those hot and dry Indiana summers.
Visitors to Greenwood, Indiana, can check-in one of the pet-friendly hotels the city has to offer. Candlewood Suites, Red Roof Inn, La Quinta Inn and Red Carpet Inn allow pets for a small fee per stay.
The Southwest neighborhood is home to Freedom Park, one of two of the city’s dog parks. The dog park at Freedom Park is a spacious area for dogs to run leash-free and socialize with other dogs. The dog park has a grassy fenced enclosure with a separate space for smaller dogs. Agility equipment is also available for some extra fun or training. Access to this dog park is strictly for members only. Registration is required by the city. Free walking in the woods gives human and dog a chance to exercise together. Freedom Park at 850 W. Stop 18 Road has 1.5 miles of walking trails to tire out both dog and human companion.
The East neighborhood of Greenwood has many amenities for a person and dog, including Four Paws Dog Park located at 200 Legacy Drive. It is the center of the lives of most dogs in the neighborhood. This dog park has a green enclosure for off-leash play and getting to know other dogs. The agility equipment is good for training and for just an extra bit of fun. The dog park provides humans with benches to sit on, and water is also available nearby. Since this park is strictly members-only, you'll need to register with the city and pay a membership fee to use it. Free to all pups and their humans is University Park with its 40 wooded acres. This park has walking trails for the leashed dog to enjoy.
The Northeast neighborhood dogs love living near the Smock Bark Park, located at 4200 E. County Line Rd. Smock Bark Park is just outside the city limits of Greenwood. It is a flat open dog park operated and maintained by the city of Indianapolis. This fenced grassy space had a separate area for small dogs. A “Pooch Pass” must be purchased from the city of Indianapolis to use this park. After a good run at the dog park, make sure to stop by Ritter’s Frozen Custard. The outdoor patio at Ritter’s is dog-friendly, and makes for the pawfect place to cool down on a hot summer’s day.
The Northwest neighborhood is big on parks. Dogs and humans in this neighborhood are sure to enjoy the Northwest Park Annex. This 20-acre park has numerous walking paths to explore. Dogs are frequently seen romping with their humans in the large open grassy areas in the park. Numerous picnic sites, shelters, and a gazebo make this park a pawpular spot for people to visit with their dogs. Nearby, Northwest Park has 12 acres of scenic paths to exercise with pups on-leash. A small creek meanders alongside one of the walking paths, and is a beautiful place for a dog and human to take a short walk (or dip, if they're feeling so inclined).
Historic buildings and interesting shops grace the Old Town neighborhood. The sidewalks make for some exercise and window-shopping on leash. Dogs, though, like the green wood in this Old Town neighborhood found in the several public parks. Craig Park, which spans over 27 acres, is located in this neighborhood on 10 E. Smith Valley. Craig Park has numerous wooded walking paths, a gazebo, and shelters, and is also a popular spot for many of the city’s annual events. Old City Park on Meridian is a 5-acre tract connected to Craig Park. This green space is a great place for some on-leash exercise. If those aren't good enough, The City Center Park is also located in this neighborhood. Your dog must stay on-leash when exploring this park.