Inside the no leash area of Ripp Dog Park, there are no large trees or structures built to provide shade. On hot and sunny days you will be subject to the suns rays. During the early and later part of the days, the trees that line the park cast long enough shadows to provide decent shade to the visitors of the park.
Unlike the neighboring Yahara Heights Pet Exercise Area, this field is not obnoxiously large. Your canine can run and play to the limits of the fencing and remain in sight and under voice control. However, also unlike the Yahara Heights Pet Exercise Area, this park has no water features.
In fact, there is no running water available here either, but you can treck to the neighboring baseball diamonds to find water fountains and restrooms available during the spring and summer months. These are closed and locked during the winter, so remember to bring your water! This field is also not lit, and the dog park section closes at sunset, while the sports fields and other lit parts of the park remain open until 10 PM in the summer months.
The Ripp Park has soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. There is also a playground at this park and many open and unused areas. Throughout this park there are picnic tables and pavilions, walking paths and plenty of trees and vegetation. It makes for a beautiful place to visit. You certainly won't be able to see it all in just one trip as this park spans 87 acres.