The Apex Nature Dog Park is a membership only off-leash dog park in Apex, North Carolina. Pet parents must make an application to the Apex authorities for the privilege of using the facility. Applications for dog park memberships are controlled by the Apex Parks, Recreation, and Resources Services and can be made at the Apex Community Center during regular office opening hours.
The cost of acquiring the membership to use this dog park in Apex is $30 for a single dog if the applicant is an Apex resident which increases to $50 for two dogs. Non-residents are required to pay $60 for a single dog and $100 for two. All memberships need to be renewed annually. Members are issued with a gate key card to gain access to the off-leash areas.
If a renewal has not been received by the key card expiry date, the park authorities deactivate it. There's no sneaking into the dog park for a free exercise session in Apex; the park department has got it covered. But there is compensation in the fact a valid key card also allows pet parent and pup access to the other Apex dog park, which is in the city's Hunter Street Park.
This dog park in Apex is a spacious two-acre piece of parkland which has been conditioned for the purpose of exercising dogs off-leash. Half an acre is for the mini mutts while the large breed section takes up one and a half acres. The ground has been covered with a layer of wood chippings, plus there are drinking fountains installed which are dog-friendly and pavilions for pup parents.
Waste stations have been installed to be used, and scooping poop is the established norm. Off-leash areas are for dogs, they are not children's play area, and the Apex authorities prefer children not to enter. If they do, they must be over the minimum age of ten and be closely supervised at all times.