There's an idea that dog parks are a city thing, meant for urbanites who don't have a ton of space for their dogs to enjoy. Dog parks aren't really found in small towns and rural areas because there's not really a need. This might be a stereotype, but to a certain extent, it's true. People in urban areas need places for their dogs to just be a dog, off leash and free to interact with other canines.
But the fact is that all dogs EVERYWHERE need space to run safely and other dogs to play with, and while it may be easier in for a dog to get the feeling of grass under her paws quickly in the Smalltown, USA, that still doesn't mean it's safe. Dogs in a small town need secure places to play, too. And increasingly, small towns are coming to this realization.
Take Owasso, Oklahoma for example. Owasso only has 30,000 people, but it has an absolutely great dog park. Waggin' Trail is a big dog park. The main off-leash area for all dogs is over three acres. The off-leash section for dogs under 30 pounds is a full acre. The Waggin' Trail Dog Park is not only new, but it's also modern.
The ground is freshly sodded, the water fountains for both puppies and people are so new they are practically still gleaming, and even the poop bag dispensers are in perfect condition. Waggin' Trail is so new, in fact, that the trees that were planted to provide shade still have a lot of growing to do, so in the middle of the day, the park can get quite hot.
Fortunately, there are plenty of benches, including some covered benches, for people to get rest. There are also posts to hang your leash on while your dog enjoys the dog park. This dog park was designed for a lot of visitors without feeling cramped, and it really meets that goal.
But more than that, Waggin’ Trail provides space for training classes, dog adoptions, and even social functions. Waggin’ Trail is truly an asset for the community. Waggin' Trail is open from sunrise to sunset every day, except for Mondays, when the park is closed for maintenance.