Sunday, January 28, 2018

Riverdale Park's Waggertail Dog Park & More Dog Parks Along Route One!

Got a four-legged, canine-type bestie? Then this post about local dog parks in our area is for you two/three/four!


Spent some time at Riverdale Park's Waggertail Dog Park earlier this week with our four-legged friend and my offspring bipeds. If you haven't been there yet, know that it's a great, local dog park run by the Town of Riverdale Park in cooperation with M-NCPPC. According to this brochure, the park opened in 2016 and is "dedicated to the memory of the late Judy Glaes, long time Riverdale Park resident, and a true friend to dogs."


It's open to all Prince George's County residents and their canine friends, though you do need to register your dog at Riverdale Park Municipal Offices to use the park. Registration is easy: proof of resident in Prince George's County and your dog's Prince George's County dog license.


Children ages 5-17 are allowed to enter Waggertail Dog Park so long as accompanied by an adult. Lil lady had to hang back with her dad. Poor thing. 😆


Waggertail Dog Park is huge, at least, compared to the dog parks I'm used to in DC and Manhattan. Actually, at over two acres of space - by any measure - it's really big. Plenty of room for the doggies to let loose. I did like that there were two fenced areas, one for big dogs and the other for the small variety. There's even a Facebook page for this group: The Friends of Waggertail Dog Park!



Two benches for folks to rest as their dogs cavort around the park. Water fountains. And plenty of doggie cleaning stations, stocked with poop bags.


Riverdale Park Waggertail Dog Park
51st Ave, Riverdale Park, MD 20737
From brochure: "Waggertail Dog Park is located at the end of 51st Avenue in front of the large baseball field and next to the tennis courts in Riverdale Community Recreation Park."
Parking: "If you drive to the park, turn off Kenilworth Ave at River Road and enter the Riverdale Community Recreation Park at Haig Drive, where there is ample parking. Once you park, follow the sidewalk that runs between the middle of the ball fields, towards 51st Avenue. The dog park will be on your right past the tennis courts. 

List of other dog parks in/around Route One!  

Note: Some require membership and/or dues. I haven't checked these out yet but if you do, report back and comment here on your experience. Likewise, if you know of another great dog park to check out, leave info in the comments and I'll get to it! 

College Park Dog Park at Acredale Community Park (Due-based Membership Required)
4300 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD 20740
Open for members who would like to exercise and socialize their dogs. The half-acre area of the park is fenced for dogs to romp. 

Greenbelt Dog Park (Greenbelt Residents Only)
Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Hyattsville - Heurich Dog Park at Heurich Community Park
Nicholson Road and Ager Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782 
A one-acre fenced area for dogs to play off-leash with fellow canines. Dog park, pavillion, water, water fountain. The park includes separate areas for large and small dogs. No membership is required.

Van Dusen Road, Laurel, MD 20707
Two enclosures, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. The area also features a canine water fountain.

Riverdale Dog Park
5400 Haig Drive, Riverdale Park, MD 20737
The fenced Dog Park includes: 0.78 acre area for large/medium dogs; 0.21 acre area for small dogs; Accessible on street parking for two vehicles; Accessible walkways; Sitting areas; Water fountain; Shade trees.

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