This fully-fenced, massive, 17-acre dog park has separate sections for dogs under 25 lbs and dogs over 25 lbs. This separation ensures the safety of little dogs, so they are out of the way of big dogs to prevent accidents and injuries. The dog park is part of Prairie Knoll Park located on the south edge of Janesville.
Paw Print Park (at Prairie Knoll Park) is surrounded by agricultural fields and trees which gives park-goers plenty of shades and protection from the hot sun. MacFarlane Pheasant Farm is also just a stone’s throw away. The park has a water service with a hose to wash dirty paws, so you do not go home with a muddy dog in your car. The tubes can also be used to fill up dog dishes.
The park management has not forgotten dog owners too as the park has a water fountain people can use for drinking. There is a 26-stall parking lot located on South Oakhill Avenue so going to the park with your dog in a car is a breeze. There are also some pools in the area where your dogs can take a dip or play in the water to their heart’s delight.
Dogs younger than four months are not allowed in the park, as well as female dogs in heat. The Janesville management prohibits bringing more than three dogs to the park at one time. Also, canines must always be on their leashes if they are in other areas of the park.
There is a daily fee of $2 to use the park, but you can get annual passes worth $15 from the Janesville Leisure Services or the Clear-Treasurer’s office in City Hall with proof of vaccination and rabies, as well as a local municipality dog license. Permit applications and daily pass envelopes are also available at the park.