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Other Bark Parks in Miami-Dade County

The following is a list of Bark Parks — reserved areas where dogs can be safely and legally off-leash — elsewhere in Miami-Dade County. Even including the Miami Beach Bark Parks, this list is woefully short for a county this size. Hopefully, dog owners throughout the county will push to have Bark Parks opened in their municipalities.

If you know of a Bark Park not listed here, please email us so that we can update the list.

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Amelia Earhart Bark Park  (Miami-Dade Parks)
In Amelia Earhart Park, 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah   [MAP]  [More Info]

The five-acre Bark Park is completely fenced and offers a separate section for smaller dogs. Amenities include paved walkways, benches, shade trees, waste dispenser stations, stuff for dogs to crawl on/through/under, and specially designed drinking and spray fountains for dogs and their owners. There is no charge to enter the Bark Park, but a parking fee is charged for Amelia Earhart Park. Parking is free on weekdays, $4 a day on weekends.

 

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Blanche Bark Park  (City of Miami Parks)
In Blanche Park, at the SW corner of Virginia Street and Shipping Avenue in Coconut Grove   [MAP]

This small neighborhood park includes a dog pen with running water for the dogs, waste dispenser stations, and benches for the humans. It is a popular and well-used park, which results in frequent closures for resodding and other landscape repairs. Limited parking is available on the streets surrounding the park.

 

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The Bone Zone at Sen. Gwen Margolis Park  (City of Sunny Isles Beach Parks)
In Senator Gwen Margolis Park, 17815 North Bay Road, Sunny Isles Beach   [MAP]

There is a leash-free dog zone at the north end of Senator Gwen Margolis Park open every day from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm.

 

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James Archer Smith Bark Park (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)  (City of Homestead Parks)
In James Archer Smith Park, 300 NW 12th St., Homestead  [MAP]

The first of two dog parks planned for Homestead is being built as part of the remodeling project at James Archer Smith Park. This park is scheduled to open in May of 2009.

 

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Kennedy Bark Park  (City of Miami Parks)
In Kennedy Park, 2400 South Bayshore Drive (at Kirk Street), Coconut Grove  [MAP]

The dog park is at the northeastern end of the park, by the bay. This is a single, large dog pen with some benches for the humans and running water and a washing station for the dogs, as well as waste dispenser stations. Dogs can often be seen swimming in the inlet just to the north of the dog pen, although the City does not allow dogs off-leash outside the pen. This park gets very busy on evenings and weekends. Parking at Kennedy Park can be very difficult, though. The parking lot is almost always full, and street parking along Bayshore Drive can be problematic.

 

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Lago Mar Dog Run Park  (Miami-Dade Parks)
In Lago Mar Park, SW 160th Ave. and SW 80th St., West Kendall [MAP]

Miami-Dade County defines a Dog Run as a park with a dedicated fenced area for owners to exercise their dogs and let them roam without wearing leashes. However, unlike a Dog Park, a Dog Run Park doesn’t have water facilities or dispensers or waste baskets.

 

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Magnolia Bark Park  (City of Miami Parks)
At the southern tip of Magnolia Park, NE 36th St. at Biscayne Bay, Miami  [MAP]

The dog pen is located at the southernmost tip of Magnolia Park. It is bounded by NE 36th St. to the south; Biscayne Bay to the east; the Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) to the north; and the Blue condominium tower (NE 6th Ave.) to the west. Although it is not listed as a dog park on the City's Web site, this formerly desolate spit of land was cleaned up and fully fenced with a double entry gate shortly after the Blue condominium tower was completed. Amenities include a waste pickup station, several large trees and benches along the seawall. The park is frequented by dogs from the Blue and Charter Club condos as well as other neighboring properties. Parking in the area is extremely limited; some street parking can be found along NE 35th Terr. and NE 5th Ave. There is no street parking along NE 36th St. east of NE 5th Ave. Also, the park is located at the point where NE 36th St. becomes the eastbound on-ramp to I-195, so be careful that you don't wind up having to drive across the bay to Miami Beach and back.

 

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Miami Springs Bark Park  (City of Miami Springs Parks)
Between Royal Poinciana Drive, Quail Ave., Dove Ave., and Shadow Way, across from Miami Springs Senior High School (751 Dove Ave.), Miami Springs   [MAP]

The dog park is adjacent to the baseball and softball fields (Peavy Baseball Field) across Dove Ave. from the school. Parking for this park can be accessed off of Royal Poinciana Drive. The park includes cleanup stations, a separate small-dog area, and benches. Additional amenities are reportedly in the works. The City's Web site has a Dog Park Forum.

 

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Northeast Regional Dog Park at East Greynolds Park  (Miami-Dade Parks)
In East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach   [MAP]

Miami-Dade County's newest Bark Park opened on October 21, 2007. It is 1.76 acres in size and is divided into two sections, one for small dogs and another for larger dogs. The two sections feature fencing, landscaping, walkways, shade structures, site furniture, hosing stations, water fountains for both pets and owners, and waste dispenser stations.

 

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Palmetto Bay Bark Park  (Village of Palmetto Bay)
In Perrine Wayside Park, 16425 S. Dixie Hwy., Palmetto Bay 
[MAP]


This 2.8-acre park opened on November 15, 2007. It features a walking path, benches, picnic tables, two waste bag stations, water fountains for both the dogs and their owners and two hosing stations to wash dogs. Dogs can also swim in the lake in the middle of the park; the village tested the water and it is safe. For more information visit the park's Web site.

 

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Rickenbacker Causeway (SR 913)  (Miami-Dade County)
Between the mainland and the Miami Seaquarium on Virginia Key   [MAP]

The only "dog beach" in the county — because the county doesn't consider this a beach. Dogs are always allowed to swim on the causeway right-of-way at these locations:

Eastbound: On the south side of Hobie Island (the first sandy island after the toll booth) and on the south side of Virginia Key (from the William Powell Bridge to the Miami Seaquarium);

Westbound: On the north side of Hobie Island.

Be careful of the causeway — in some places it is very close to the beach, and the area is not fenced in. The water deepens gently but never gets very deep and is very seldom rough. It is best to keep your dog on-leash when not in the water, and always bring proof of rabies vaccination. Make sure to bring your own fresh water, as well as baggies to clean up after your dog! There is a $1.25 toll (for cars) at the entrance to the causeway on the mainland side.

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Waterways Bark Park  (City of Aventura Parks)
In Waterways Park, 3401 NE 213th Street, Aventura 
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This dog park used to be located within Veterans Park, but was relocated to Waterways Park at 3401 NE 213th Street. Amenities include two comfort stations with doggie water fountains, showers and a large covered patio. Resident ID cards are required for entry to the park.

Be responsible and clean up after your dog: If you enjoy walking your dogs along the Country Club Drive exercise path or elsewhere in Aventura, download the City of Aventura's map or brochure of pooper scooper locations throughout the city.

 

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Homestead Bark Park (FUTURE)  (City of Homestead Parks)
 
In Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park, at Palm Drive and Farm Life Road in Homestead   [MAP]
 
Formerly known as Humpty-Dumpty Park, this 37-acre site is undergoing extensive renovations. When finished, it will include a off-leash dog park. For more information, contact the City's Parks and Recreation Department.
 

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Pace Bark Park (FUTURE)  (City of Miami Parks)
 
In Pace Park, on North Bayshore Drive and Northeast 18th Street in Miami   [MAP]
 
This park is currently closed and in the middle of a massive renovation. It has been reported that the new park will include a dog pen.

 

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Tropical Park Dog Run (FUTURE)   (Miami-Dade Parks)
In Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami [MAP]

Miami-Dade County defines a Dog Run as a park with a dedicated fenced area for owners to exercise their dogs and let them roam without wearing leashes. However, unlike a Dog Park, a Dog Run Park doesn’t have water facilities or dispensers or waste baskets. Miami-Dade County has a future Dog Run site planned for Tropical Park.

 

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If you know of a Bark Park not listed here, please email us so that we can update the list.

 

This list might be growing! For a list of other Miami-Dade municipalities looking into opening their own Bark Parks, click here.

 

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