On August 6, 1901, the city of Lawton was founded and named after Major General Henry Ware Lawton. This was the fall of Apache Chief Geronimo and when the Oklahoma Territory, the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache reservation was opened for settlement. The city boasts on the numerous festivals, events and museums available to everyone, visitors and residents alike.
The Vito Baxter Puppy Promenade is the first dog park that was established in Lawton and, in fact, is the only Dog Park in the city so far. The creation of the park was through the efforts and initiative of Lawton Human Society. It’s a simple park with areas for small and large dogs, fenced to ensure your pet’s safety. Same with other dog parks from different cities, it also has a water station, waste bags, and benches.
Pet dogs of all sizes are allowed at Baymont Inn and Suites Lawton. They offer great prices and room including freebies including breakfast and baked cookies in the afternoon for guests. Another option is Motel 6 Lawton. Their facility welcomes pets of any sizes like dogs at no additional fee. It is also conveniently located near shopping and dining areas and offers free coffee in the morning.
There are several places in Lawton that allow dogs, but pets must be kept on their leash. You can take them to any parks in the community or some pet stores. Don’t worry, Lawton pet friendliness scale is on the verge of rising as another dog park is in the pipeline and just waiting for the funding!
Rolling Hills is a pleasant area and a friendly community. Home to both Louise D. McMahon Park and Park Ridge Park, there’s plenty for dog owners to do! Louise D. McMahon Park not only has gorgeous fields and shade trees, but is also home to its very own off leash dog park called the Lawton Dog Park. This fenced in area has plenty of space for your dog to run free and make new friends! Note that no dog treats are allowed in the park, and all dogs must be current on their vaccinations. For a quieter area, Park Ridge Park is the perfect natural place to spend some one on one time with your favorite pooch.
Meadowbrook/Heinz is a neighborhood that’s absolutely busting with activity for dogs and dog owners alike! Tucked right in the center of the neighborhood is Meadowbrook Park, named after the neighborhood itself and containing vast stretches of grassy land for you and your pooch to enjoy. Just south is Fred Bentley Park, coupled with shade trees to give the best experience even on hotter days. At the northern end is Wayne Gilley Park and Harold Park. While both have gorgeous green fields, Harold Park is unique for the river that runs through it and adds that extra touch of scenery. Whatever your choice, your pooch will have the time of their life!
Old Town North is an active neighborhood with tons to do. Home to eleven separate parks, there is no shortage of fun to be had. The largest of these is Elmer Thomas Park, a huge area right next to Lake Helen and covered in trails for you and your dog to peruse. To the south is OH Arnold Park, covered in walking paths that wind through scenic natural areas to provide the best experience. Then there’s Ramada Park, Vernon Park, Gore Median Park, Harmon Park, and more! All these parks come with grassy fields and scenic areas to enjoy. Your dog will never be bored again!
Northwest Lincoln Avenue is a pleasant area with plenty of dog friendly activities. It’s six parks all offer grassy fields for your dog to run through and scenic areas perfect for nature walks. Stephens Park is by far the largest, stretching down across the neighborhood and offering plenty of area to get away from the busy streets. Baltimore Park and Atlanta Park, while settled close by each other, are unique in their landscaping and definitely both worth a visit. Charlie Ray Park and Butch Suttle Park are both tucked in the center of the neighborhood, making them easily accessible. Their short distance and smaller area are ideal for older dogs who still love to get out. Finally, bordering the north, Gooch Acres Park offers beautiful scenery and plenty of space to run!
Terrace Hills is a lovely area and a friendly neighborhood. Featuring two parks, this area is a wonderful spot for some scenic walks with your favorite four legged friend. Both Terrace Hills Park and Albert Johnson Park offer grassy fields and gorgeous walkways for those afternoon strolls, as well as shade trees to keep the sun off your back. They also both border a main highway, so if your pup is easily spooked by passing cars it’s best to keep closer to the southern ends of the parks where it’s quieter. Remember to keep your pup leashed at all times while you’re out and about!