North Fontana sits in the shadow of both the Angeles National Forest and the San Bernardino National Forest. Sandwiched between these vast, mountainous forest and between the 15 and 210 freeways, North Fontana feels like a crossroads town. The city’s namesake park serves as the community hub for Fontana residents, offering numerous facilities and sports arenas, as well as an off-leash dog park where local dog owners can exercise and socialize their beloved pets.
The dog park itself is located just north of Summit Avenue along Knox Avenue. Separate enclosures help to ensure that small dogs and large dogs do not bother one another or cause disturbances. Most residents enjoy the park because it is clean and lit after the sun goes down but will admit that the park is small compared to other dog parks in the area. There are benches, but no reprieve from the sun, which can be devastatingly hot on summer days.
Most locals come prepared, but if you are visiting the area during hot seasons, you should be aware that triple digits are often expected. The City of Fontana owns and operates Fontana Park, and keeps the facilities at the Fontana Park Dog well-maintained and stocked. The park rules do not allow for dogs to be on a leash while visiting the park, as this is known to be problematic for socializing dogs in the area. There is a water fountain unit for both humans and dogs, which many people appreciate greatly.
No aggressive dogs are allowed, but some people report feeling uncomfortable around some dog owners who bring Pitbulls, a breed that is popular to the region. As with any social situation, respect and common courtesy go a long way in ensuring that the park is kept safe and pleasant for all to use. If you are seeking a local, popular, clean park at the base of vast mountain ranges, then Fontana Dog Park is the place for you!