Ford Island Dog Park is owned and maintained by the United States Air Force. Because of this, its use is specific to the military personnel that staff this island on a regular basis. Family members living on base are also welcome to use of these facilities. Prior to the construction of this park, the island was home to the some of the first U.S.-led expeditions to the Hawaiian islands.
This island is right off the coast of Oahu, which means the ocean views are absolutely spectacular. Right outside of the fenced in dog area, a small beach runs north to south framing this picturesque little canine sanctuary. The park was completed in September of 2010, and was built with the volunteer assistance of the 647th Engineering Squadron who most regularly inhabit Ford Island.
The park has a wide array of goodies for dogs to enjoy. Two water fountains are installed on either side of the enclosure, complete with free water bowls for use. Faux fire hydrants line the northern end of the park and they even have sound effects when anyone walks by.
Four sets of benches are scattered throughout the park, all of which contain leash locks in case you are forced to take a moment and catch your breath. Inside of the larger 5-acre enclosure exists a smaller 1.5-acre enclosure specifically for small dogs only. This smaller park also has shady areas for tiny dogs who need regular breaks from the sun.
This park lacks much in the way of vegetation, because of which it can get quite muddy during the rainy seasons. Unless you're fine with your canine getting a little dirty, best to steer clear of this park whenever it rains. If you're a member of the armed forces and are lucky enough to visit this park, make sure to try and catch the yearly staff BBQ!