Westminster, Colorado, a suburb northwest of Denver, includes the Big Dry Creek Dog Park, the Little Dry Creek Dog Park, and the Westminster Hills Dog Park, all of which are popular with mostly positive reviews online. Big Dry Creek, found at 1700 West 128th Avenue, is a multi-use park that includes multi-use playing fields, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, picnic areas an plenty of walking paths.
For dog owners' convenience, there are also Porta-potties on-site. All told, the park is 18 acres, classified as a community park. The dog park is a fenced in, kidney bean shaped park that looks from an aerial photograph to take up about an eighth of the park (using a handy thumb-nail estimation system), which makes it out to a little over two acres in size.
That would be about six times the average subdivision property – plenty of room for scampering about and socializing with other canines. There are water and shade in the off-leash area, which is welcome extras because Big Dry Creek leans much father in the direction of Dry than it does in the direction of Creek. It is, in fact, almost devoid of vegetation.
The ground is “gravel and pebbles,” but they are crushed to the size where your dog's paws will be comfortable enough. Still, if you want a few trees and a carpet of grass, this dog park is not for you. Having said that, dogs certainly enjoy grass, but they don't have any aesthetic regrets about going to a park that looks like the infield of a baseball field.
They romp, run, socialize and don't need an apology when you tell them that grass is a standard feature of parks in states where it rains once in a while. Dog owners sense this, too, and give the park a lot of high marks in online comments. This park is unpretentious – but most dogs are also unpretentious. This is Westminster, Colo., not Westminster, the dog show.
Still, this park, which is owned by the city, has lots of rules to pay attention to and fines of $120 for various violations, including having a dog off leash outside of the fenced in area and removing dog waste, which is mandatory. Other rules are more common sense items, such as making sure you know big dogs can jump and scare or hurt a child that isn't used to dogs.
All dogs must be licensed and spayed or neutered. Wildlife has priority – dogs cannot chase or harass the local fauna. Dogs must also be accompanied by an owner and owners must have a leash on their person that has to be visible at all times. Yes, you could get fined for keeping that leash in your coat pocket … it has to remain visible. But the hours are very generous. Big Dry Creek is opened seven days a week from sunup to sunset.