The Whitney Dog Park is an off-leash dog park in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. This dog park or off-leash pet exercise area, OLPEA in abbreviated form, as the Saint Cloud authorities prefer to call them is in the city's Whitney Park. All pet parents need to purchase an OLPEA permit before letting their dog loose for some off-leash time.
Permits can be applied for at the Saint Cloud City Hall during regular working hours or by snail mail if a pet parent isn't in a hurry to use the OLEPA. For residents, the permit costs $20 for the first dog and an additional $10's each for any other dog if pet families have numerous members. Non-residents need to pay $40 and $20 respectively.
All permits expire on the 31st of May no matter when the application is made and are not prorated. A current dog license must be provided at the time of the application submission as well as certificated proof of vaccinations. Providing they are carrying the requisite documentation on their person; a daily OLPEA permit can be purchased at the dog park kiosk for $2.
The OLPEA permit is valid for entry to all Saint Cloud OLPEAs. Pet parents taking their fur babies to Whitney Park have a choice of two different OLPEAs. One is a small and wooded, fully enclosed dog run accessible via Forest Drive just south of the Sauk River. It has been furnished with a waste station, dumpsters, and porta-potty.
The second OLPEA is an unfenced area west of the river which can be accessed by crossing the footbridge. Both areas are for exercising pups of all sizes, and if using the unenclosed facility, pet parents need to have trained their pup to respond to voice commands. It doesn't matter which OLPEA pet owners decide to use, picking up any poop their pup generates is obligatory.