Pets in the City of Eden Prairie have access to anything their hearts could desire – the numerous dog parks and recreational opportunities will have your dog’s tail wagging in no time.
Several parks in the area are open year-round. The Bryant Lake Regional Dog Park (complete with dog-sledding trails) costs $5 per day to use, but the amenities make this park well worth the fee. Off-leash dogs will have a blast exploring the park’s nine acres. Running water is available, except during the wintertime. The other year-round park is the Flying Cloud Drive Dog Park, which is free (though all dogs who use the park must be licensed). There is an area for large dogs, and one for small or fragile dogs.
Other parks are available as off-leash dog areas, except during the winter, when the parks become hockey rinks. Staring Lake Dog Park (open April to December) is a local favorite, as it provides both wide open spaces and nature paths through the woods. Or check out the Crestwood Park, Edenvale Part, Homeward Hills, or Nesbitt Preserve Park dog areas, open April through October. If you’re looking to take a hike, try the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail – over 13 miles of beautiful vistas, from wetlands to the river.
Rowland in Eden Prairie hosts one of the town’s best double-use spaces: dog parks that, in the winter months, become hockey rinks. From April to December, Nesbitt Preserve Park Dog Park is a thriving park space for dogs. If it’s the time of year where dogs get their toes frozen, it serves the community as a hockey rink. Due to its dual nature, you’ll want to bring your own bags and bowls to the park with your pup as water may not be provided. If you’re traveling in winter, don’t worry: Nesbitt Preserve Park has on-leash trails that are open to dogs year-round.
The neighborhood where Flying Cloud Drive and Eden Prairie Road cross has three dog parks for playing all the time. The first, Crestwood Park Hockey Rink Dog Park is open from April to December as an off-leash play area. The rest of the year you can walk around the park on-leash, as the fenced portion becomes a hockey rink when it’s cold enough outside. Riley Lake Park is another on-leash area, this one complete with miles of hiking trails around Riley Lake for leashed fun. Richard T. Anderson Conservatory is a great change of pace, with walking trails through highly cultivated plants.
West 78th and Terrey Pine in Eden Prairie is marked by an increase in single-family housing and schools. As such, it’s no surprise that kids and fur-kids have to share Edenvale Park Hockey Rink Dog Park. When it’s cold enough, the space is a fenced hockey rink for kids. The rest of the year, fur-kids get to run off leash and play to their hearts’ content. The park is always open for walking on-leash. Willow Park is another on-leash park open year-round for dogs and their humans to enjoy fresh air.