Centennial Dog Park can be a little ruff to find if you don't know exactly where to look, but it's worth hunting down! The address is often listed as 2500 West End Avenue, which is the entrance to Centennial Park, but the dog park is actually separated from the main section of the park. You'll find it just across 31st Avenue North on Parthenon Avenue. There are several options for street and lot parking around the dog park, and the rest of Centennial Park. While there are no human bathrooms at the dog park, public bathrooms are available in the main park.
Centennial Dog Park is a fully-loaded dog park with a double-gated entrance, and separate large and small dog areas. It features doggie water fountains, waste stations, and trash cans, all on a pleasant hillside shaded by mature trees. The gently sloping surface gives pups a little more exercise as they romp up and down the hill. Some sections of the dog park are filled with wood chips, while others are covered in grass and dirt. Benches are available to give humans a place to rest and socialize while their pups make new friends. Wire containers nailed into the side of trees are full of tennis balls to throw.
Unfortunately, one of the downsides of Centennial Dog Park and other off-leash dog parks in Nashville is that pit bulls and pit mixes are not allowed. Fortunately, pitties are welcome in the rest of Centennial Park as long as they're on a leash. Venturing into the rest of the park is a good idea for dogs of any breed! Centennial Park has some great walking trails and Nashville's famous replica of the Parthenon. The majestic building is about a five-minute walk from the dog park. The main section of Centennial Park is also where Nashville's annual Dog Day Festival is held in September. The Nashville Humane Association sponsors the event, which features doggie obstacle courses, a costume contest, a parade, and other furtastic events.
After a day at Centennial Dog Park, your pup is sure to come home with a lolling tongue and a big, happy grin.