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Dogs love playtime as much as kids do, and dog parks are the place to go when your pup needs some friend-action. The Birmingham area is lucky to have miles of trails and plenty of dog-friendly public parks. And, we found three dedicated dog parks and one unofficial one in the area.
We bet you know of others that we missed, too. Be sure to tag us on social media with pictures from your favorite dog parks.
1. Rhodes Park in Southside
While this one’s not an on official dog park, its central location and the fact that it hosts Do Dah Day each year makes it a favorite among animal-lovers and their four-legged friends.
This is a great place to bring your dog, and, you’ll want to follow the local leash law: it’s a $200 ticket and a court visit for allowing your dog to “run at large.” If you need to pick up a leash or other things for your pup, head over to one of these local pet stores. Definitely a better value than a ticket, don’t you think?
Whether you have a dog or not, though, you can head to Rhodes Park on Saturday, May 18, for the 41st annual Do Dah Day. The parade begins at 11:01 am.
Here’s what the organizers have to say:
A music festival that in its infancy was enjoyed by 200 fun-loving Birmingham citizens now sees more than 40,000 people from all over the United States converge on Birmingham’s Historic Highland Parks for a day of fun, food and music with their pets. Raising more than $600.00 since 1992 for Jefferson County animal shelters, Do Dah Day is one of the city’s most cherished springtime events.
2. Remy’s Dog Park at Red Mountain Park
If you want a well-organized dog park with separate spaces for small dogs, large dogs, and special needs dogs, Remy’s Dog Park at Red Mountain Park is your place.
According to one Homewood dog-dad, “Remy’s Dog Park at Red Mountain Park is a spacious, well-designed park in a beautiful setting. It’s a great place to take dogs for some play time with other dogs followed by a hike on the trails.”
3. Cahaba Dog Park in Trussville
One of our fearless content producers here at Bham Now discovered this little gem of a new dog park over in Trussville. A great place for dogs on the eastern side of town to gather . . .
4. The Dog Park at Lock Haven aka Hoover Dog Park
The Dog Park at Loch Haven is my personal favorite. It’s got everything: a great playground for kids nearby. A nice track for walking. A big field for impromptu games of soccer. A great dog park. And the best part of all: a creek complete with an awesome sandy beach.
My brother-in-law Joel Bullock had this to say about the creek:
It’s what we do if the dogs get muddy at the dog park or they just need a cooling off after a walk at the creek. It’s also a nice spot for dips with the kids or skipping rocks.
As you can see, there’s no need to stick to the same old walk around the block when you and your pooch can head out for playtime with other dogs at a number of area dog parks.
Now we want to hear from you: what are your favorite dog parks in Birmingham?
Tag us on social media with pictures from the places you and your dogs love to go.