Daphne Approved: Elm Creek Dog Park
Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest park in the Three Rivers Park District. The Elm Creek dog park is unique as well.
The Elm Creek dog off-leash area is 29 acres of fenced in trails and natural land where dog owners can hike with their pups.
“We have paths that you can walk through but also some longer grass for a natural experience for the dogs,” says Bruce Bolduan with the Elm Creek Park Reserve. “We want to make sure that people have an area where if they have small or frail dogs they can be safe. So we have a separate area that’s fenced in and is a more flat mowed area. It’s more visible and smaller so you know exactly where your dogs are.”
People Like the Options
Having the option to hike with your dog, as well as keep them in a more controlled environment, is why this dog park is the most visited of any in the Three Rivers park system. Some dog owners come every day.
“We come just about every day,” says Barb Hynes-Thomczyk. “We call ourselves the two o’clock gang and it’s a bunch of old folks and we walk around the whole park sometimes.”
Perfect for Dogs That Love Water
One thing that sets this park apart is the swimming area. If your dog loves to swim it’s the perfect place to take them. Also, it’s not very deep so if your dog isn’t the best swimmer they can still enjoy the water. Another great thing about the swimming area is it’s fenced in. So, If you don’t want to deal with a wet dog you don’t have to.
There is a fee to use the park. It’s $6 for a day or $45 for a 12-month pass. Also, the park doesn’t allow more than two dogs per person. For more information on Three Rivers Park District dog parks click here.