Obviously Omaha: Omaha Dog ParksMar 01, 2021 11:33AM ● By Tamsen Butler
The Omaha area has no shortage of dog parks where four-legged friends can enjoy exploring and socializing with other canines, which can help lead to decreased troublesome behavior (in the dog at least) and an overall better life for human and hound.
There are more places than ever for dog parents to take their fur-babies for quality outdoors time. Man’s best friend is sure to find some fun at one of these six area dog parks.
Beardmore Freedom Dog Park
410 Fort Crook Road North
Nestled between Beardmore Subaru and a residential neighborhood in Bellevue, this dog park is maintained by Beardmore and is accessible to the public. Two fenced-in areas of 150 feet by 150 feet are open on an alternating basis, giving one area the ability to “rest” while the other area is open for use. This park is usually clean and in good repair. It’s important to note, however, that the fences surrounding the parks are only 4-foot high, so dogs may be able to escape the confines of the park easily if they’re jumpers.
Chalco Hills Off-Leash Area
8901 S. 154th St.
The Chalco Hills off-leash area boasts ample room for dogs to explore, with trails and shady trees. Benches and picnic tables make this an ideal spot for families to bring the entire family—dogs included. Humans will also appreciate the restrooms provided, since not all dog parks have services for people.
Dewey Dog Park
550 Turner Blvd.
This Midtown favorite consists of two parks with one for smaller breeds. The splash pad area gives dogs a spot to cool down and play in hotter weather. The turf and concrete help keep the dog park mud-free and the regulars are said to be friendly and chatty. This park has lots of water and shade.
Hanscom Dog Park
1701 S. 32nd Ave.
Hanscom Park’s dog park is located near the interstate, making it popular among drivers traveling with dogs. The park has some hills that offer varying terrain for dogs to explore. There are three fenced-in areas to accommodate different sizes of dogs and plenty of room for running and exploring.
Hefflinger Dog Park
North 112th Street and West Maple Road
Dogs that love rolling around in the dirt will have a great time at this dog park with a reputation for being muddy, especially after rain. They will enjoy the three spacious fenced-in areas with lots of room for running and dog agility equipment for play and exploring. Humans will appreciate the ample parking but might lament the lack of shade in the summer.
Walnut Creek Off-Leash Area
11601 S. 96th St.
Walnut Creek Recreation Area offers dogs the opportunity to do some swimming in Walnut Creek Lake. The off-leash area is fenced on three sides, allowing dogs access to the water. And while there is a rinse-off area available for dogs that indulge in lake swimming, there aren’t towels provided so bring your own. Parking is convenient and there are plenty of scenic walking trails nearby (dogs must be leashed when on these trails). Take care in warmer weather as ticks are common at the lake.
This article was printed in the March/April 2021 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.