In retrospect, it's hard to understand why a town as accepting of dogs as Conway, New Hampshire, took so long to develop a dog park. But, maybe it was seen as unnecessary. The town has just over 10,000 residents but has an amazing array of businesses that allow, even embrace, the puppies. Bakeries, restaurants, hotels, even bars, Conway prides itself on being the most dog-friendly town in New England, and one of the most dog-friendly in America.
So maybe a dog park wasn't seen as necessary. But it's definitely a great thing to have. The Mt. Washington Valley Dog Park is co-located with the Conway Area Humane Society. This works out great on adoption days. The park itself was built by volunteers with donations. The park itself is just over one acre, with a section for small dogs.
The park is covered in cedar wood chips and surrounded with horse fencing. The park is in a heavily wooded area, which provides cooling shade in the summer, and helps keep snow out in the winter. The dog park offers poop bags, water fountains for people and dogs throughout most of the year, and fun dog obstacles, like boulders and tree stumps for climbing, pipes for crawling through, and, in the summer, plastic kiddie pools for dogs that like water.
The Mt. Washington Valley Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk, but since it is next to the humane society, the park is often lit long after dark, especially in the summer. The park is not free but the fee is not much compared to other dog parks. Admission is $5 a day, $50 a year, or $500 for a lifetime. Dogs who use the park have to have vaccinations documented by their vets.
For your money, you and your puppy get to play in a park with controlled access, so there is less concern about diseases and encountering dogs with poor temperament, two of the biggest concerns for dog parents in visiting dog parks. And what's even better, after a long day playing at the park, you and your best friend have all kinds of options for food and lodging in Conway.