Got a furry bundle of energy on your hands? Then take them to the Northgate Dog Park to blow off some steam. Located in the quiet, suburban neighborhood of Northgate Park, this canine hangout is a favorite among woofers and humans alike!
The Northgate Dog Park features separate fenced areas for large pooches and small puppers. Since the park used to be a baseball field, both enclosures offer plenty of room for high-energy dogs to run while shyer dogs can have their personal space. There’s also a sandbox for the diggers, as well as water fountains and waste bag dispensers. Pet parents can even watch their furry charges from seats in shaded areas.
The Northgate Dog Park is located in a floodplain, so it can sometimes get muddy, especially after it rains. Hence, it’s best to keep wipes or a towel in the car for quick cleanups. If your pooch still has some energy left after playing with the other dogs, hitting the walking trails around the enclosed areas should tucker them out before you head home.
All pups visiting the Northgate Dog Park must have a dog park tag, which can be obtained by registering your best friend with Durham Parks & Recreation. The annual registration fee is $17 for city residents and $22 for non-residents, and you can get a discount if you have multiple dogs or a Play More Card. Other rules to take note of include cleaning up after your pup inside and outside the fenced areas, keeping them under voice control at all times inside the fence, keeping the leash on outside the fence, and covering any holes they create.