The Houston Parks and Recreation Department welcomes you and your dog to enjoy the vast amount of park space in the Bayou City. However, you are required to have your dog on a leash at all times.
Our leash law is one of the tools that permits dogs & dog owners to visit a park without creating safety concerns, disturbing natural resources, or diminishing a park visit for those who are not comfortable around dogs.
We know that most dogs love to run free and most dog owners would like to provide their pets the opportunity to do so. Please remember that dogs are not allowed, even with a leash, in children's play areas, or on organized athletic fields.
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department maintains several dog parks for you and your four-legged friend(s) to enjoy.
|DOG PARK RULES|
- Dog Park Hours Dawn to Dusk
- Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dog(s). This means owners are legally and financially responsible for their dog’s behavior. The City of Houston has no liability or responsibility for injuries in the dog park.
- Limit of 2 dogs per person per visit.
- Dogs must be properly licensed & vaccinated with City of Houston registration & rabies tags displayed on each dog’s collar.
- Dogs must be leashed before entering & upon leaving the Park & must be leashed in the transition corridor. Owners must have a visible leash for each dog at all times.
- Owners must have visible pet waste disposal materials at all times & must pick up your dog’s fecal matter & properly dispose of it in a trash receptacle.
- Owners must be in verbal & sight control of their dogs at all times & prevent aggressive behavior, biting, fighting, & aggressive barking. Never leave your dog(s) unattended.
- Dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior are prohibited. Immediately leash your dog(s) & leave the Dog Park if your dog behaves aggressively.
- No puppies under 4 months of age are allowed in the Dog Park.
- No female dogs in heat are allowed in the Dog Park.
- No children age 12 or younger are allowed in the Dog Park. Children ages 13 through 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Permitted children must be supervised by the adult & behave appropriately: No running, shouting, chasing dogs, or petting other people’s dogs without the owner’s permission.
- No dog or people food is allowed in the Dog Park.
- No smoking in the Dog Park.
- Violation of City Code results in fines & no further use of the Dog Park.
|AVONDALE PROMENADE DOG PARK|
424 Westheimer, 77006
The Avondale Promenade Dog Park is a 1000 square foot dog run that opened in 2021. It has a synthetic lawn surfacing and seating and is just one of the amenities at the new Avondale Promenade Park.U
|ELIZABETH GLOVER DOG PARK|
3104 Austin Street, 77004
The park was acquired by the city in 2008. A dog run, new deck, new perimeter fence lawn area, decomposed granite walkway, seating, signage, historical panels, landscaping and irrigation. The park is maintained by the Midtown TIRZ management district and opened in 2014. For more information on Midtown TIRZ visit https://midtownhouston.com/affiliated-organizations/mra/
|ERVAN CHEW DOG PARK|
4502 Dunlavy, 77006
Ervan Chew Dog Park was the first neighborhood park in Houston to allow dogs to legally run free, off-leash in a designated dog zone. The dog zone is located adjacent to the picnic area and sprayground. It is a fenced-in space, approximately 9,000 square feet in size, and is designed to allow dogs to exercise freely. The Friends of Ervan Chew Park, a neighborhood organization, provided funding for the dog zone. It was dedicated in May of 2004.
|JOSEPH “JODY” MILLER DOG PARK AT FONDE PARK|
5500 Carrolton, 77023
The Joseph “Jody” Miller Dog Park at Fonde Park, is a 15,000 square foot dog park for both large and small dogs. The dog park has nice shade trees, benches, drinking fountain and agility equipment. The dog park was dedicated October 13, 2018 and named for Joseph “Jody” Miller who was a passionate community leader, greenspace advocate and dog lover. Jody was a dedicated member of the Fonde Civic Club.
|HOLLY ANAWATY DOG PARK AT MARKET SQUARE|
301 Milam, 77002
The Holly Anawaty Dog Park at Market Square Park has two dog-runs, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. They are enclosed by a beautifully designed and lit crescent walkway so everyone can enjoy watching our four-legged friends frolic. Water features are in both as are benches and canine drinking fountains. The Market Square Park dog runs were officially dedicated on May 21, 2011 in memory of Houstonian, Holly Anawaty. Market Square Park is maintained by the Houston Downtown Management District. For more information visit https://marketsquarepark.com/
|JOHNNY STEELE DOG PARK AT BUFFALO BAYOU PARK|
2929 Allen Parkway, 77019
The two-acre Johnny Steele Dog Park opened in Buffalo Bayou Park on January 17, 2015. It offers separate areas for large and small dogs, each with a pond, dog washing station, and shade structures for the enjoyment of Houston dogs and their human friends. One of the area’s largest dog parks, it is named for Houston landscape architect Johnny Steele. It was built as part of a $58 million renovation of Buffalo Bayou Park by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
This dog park is managed by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership for more information visit https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/buffalo-bayou-park/#dog-park
|LEVY DOG PARK|
3801 Eastside, 77098
Levy Park was acquired by the city in 1942 and was renovated in two phases by the Upper Kirby District & Intown Chamber of Commerce. The most recent renovation was finished in 2006 and includes a designated dog run. The new dog park is near the updated play equipment and the softball field. Being surrounded by dog-filled apartment complexes, Levy Park should be a popular destination for the area's canines and their humans. Levy Park is managed by the Levy Park Conservancy For more information on Levy Dog Park visit https://www.levyparkhouston.org/visit/. For information on the Levy Park Conservancy visit https://www.levyparkhouston.org/.
|MAXEY DOG PARK|
601 Maxey Road, 77013
The Maxey Dog Park, located inside Maxey Park, was the second official dog park in the Houston Parks and Recreation system. Dedicated in September of 2004, this community park designated approximately 12 to 13 acres of parkland as a place for dogs. The area features a fenced-in space for the dogs to exercise off leash, and amenities include doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for large and small dogs, a doggie shower, a waste disposal station, and benches throughout the space. Maxey Park Bark and Run Park was funded in part by the Houston parks and Recreation Department and revenue generated from the 2003 City of Houston Birthday Celebration.
|TC JESTER DOG PARK|
4201 West T.C. Jester Blvd, 77018
The T.C. Jester Dog Park boasts a 31,000-square foot run for big dogs and a 16,000-square foot run for small dogs, for a total enclosure of 1.08 acres. It opened to the public in August 2009. There are benches and dog drinking fountains in both sections.
|WEST WEBSTER DOG PARK|
1502 West Webster, 77006
West Webster Park was renovated in 2009 and was opened to the public on September 19, 2009. It includes a 5,000-square foot dog run. Amenities for dogs & their people at West Webster Park include a drinking fountain and dog wash area. Renovation was funded through the Fourth Ward Redevelopment Authority, TIRZ 4.
|NELA THOMAS-BROWN DOG PARK AT WALDEMAR DOG PARK|
11700 Waldemar, 77077
The dog park at Waldemar Park opened in 2021 for the enjoyment of Houston dogs and their human friends. Named for Houston’s "Frisky Paws Rescue” founder, Nela Laura Thomas-Brown, this half-acre dog park offers separate fenced areas for large dogs and small dogs to play off-leash. The enclosures include benches on large concrete pads, canine and human drinking fountains, waste disposal stations, dog park signage, shade trees, grass, and irrigation. The large dog park’s fence is 6 feet tall and boasts a shade structure.