Grab your munchkins (e.g. your kiddos) and your pooch and head on over to Pacific Community Park. Your kids will have a blast on the playground and basketball courts, and while they’re running off those ice cream sundaes your in-laws insisted on buying them, you can take your dog over to Dakota Memorial Dog Park, which is on the north side of Pacific Community Park. This dog park spans an entire eight acres, and every square-inch is fenced in. Jog around the gravel trail, play with a favorite toy, or practice on the park’s agility course. When you’re done, leash your pup back up and rinse him off at the dog rinse station. Dakota Memorial Dog Park opens its doggie gates at seven a.m. every day, and the fun doesn’t stop until the sun says goodnight!
It’s 7 a.m., and your dog is thumping his tail loudly against your night stand (his way of nonchalantly telling you to get up now). You know he’s not going to stop staring into your soul until you get out of bed, so you surrender. Now what? Well, get dressed, and take Fido to Brush Prairie Dog Park so he can run off his ornery energy. This dog park stretches over 7.5 acres of land, and has two separate areas: one for all dogs, and the other for small/shy dogs. Let your dog run to his heart’s desire – as long as he’s done by dusk, when the park closes.
Ready for a day of fun? Grab your dog’s loudest squeaky toy and head on out to Ross Dog Park. This eight-acre park is completely fenced in and separates the big dogs from the little guys (> 25 lbs are considered small dogs). Ross Dog Park also has trails to explore and a water station.
Exploring the residential Evergreen East neighborhood with your pup is a great way to get out and meet other dog loving neighbors. Sidewalks along the streets are perfect for a quick potty break, but planning a day at Dakota Memorial Dog Park at Pacific Community Park is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging. The 8-acre off leash area is fenced with a double gated entrance to keep your pup safe. In addition to the open lawn, the park allows your pooch to investigate forested areas and have a pawsome time on the rustic log agility course. Pup parents can rest on the park benches, or take a walk with Fido over to McMenamins East Restaurant for some European cuisine and craft beer at a table outside.
Living in the historic Hudson Bay neighborhood offers puppy parents the chance to walk with Fido along quaint tree-lined streets and enjoy the unique character of the buildings. This family friendly area features the Waterfront Renaissance Trail that connects with Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Strolling along the miles of paved paths is perfect when your dog needs a chance to work off some energy after a long day. Nearby the trail is the Homewood Suites Vancouver Portland hotel, a lovely place to stay with your pup for an additional fee.
Family and Fido friendly, the West Vancouver neighborhood is perfect for walking your pooch and hanging out with friends. Esther Short Park and Playground is a 5-acre space in the heart of the downtown area. It’s the oldest public square in Washington, and features a Gazebo, open lawn, and picnic shelter. Puppy parents can often be found socializing near the fountain while their pooches sniff each other and become pals. Gary’s at the Park is a quaint restaurant with a large dog friendly outdoor patio where you can enjoy fish and chips or Dungeness crab cakes. In the evening, plan to take your well-behaved leashed pup to Loowit Brewing Company to drink some craft beer at an inside or outside table.
This unique blend of urban, commercial, and semi-rural neighborhood attracts a large range of dog loving friends who enjoy a sense of community. A variety of churches and schools are located throughout, creating a family friendly atmosphere, and you will often find pup owners taking their pooch to the West Minnehaha Neighborhood Park. The 3.2-acre site offers benches and picnic tables where you can enjoy a snack with Fido, a playground where the kids can expend some energy, and walking paths to take your pup on for a stroll. You pup will love spending a sunny afternoon frolicking at the park with his furry pals.