Located in the city of Lawrence at Highways 24 and 40 and the intersection of North Second Street, Riverfront Park has an unfenced area for dogs to roam, play, socialize, and exercise off their leashes. The area was developed because of the public’s clamor for additional off-leash areas in the City’s park system.
There are several riverfront trails in the area where owners can take their dogs for long walks, provided that they are on a leash. Owners are advised to keep a close eye on their dogs because the park is right next to the river. It is easy for dogs to run away and jump in the river, never to be seen again. Suffice it to say that it is unsafe.
On the upside, the park offers impressive views which both dogs and their humans will enjoy very much. The dog park area can be a little tricky to find because there isn’t any marker to distinguish it from the other areas of the park.
There are no separate areas for small and big dogs, so this can be a bit of danger if owners are not vigilant enough. It is easy for smaller dogs to get mauled or get hurt by larger canines. Female canines in heat and dogs under four months of age are not allowed in the park. Each dog must have one leash and a handler, who is at least 16 years of age, must have the dog leash at all times.
All dogs must be vaccinated and shall have a license or else they will not be able to enter the park. Handlers are encouraged to pick up their dog’s waste and dispose of them properly to reduce the potential spread of parasites and diseases and also to keep the place pleasant and clean.