Pamper Your Pooch with a Trip to a Detroit Dog-Park Event

By: Karen Dybis | July 8, 2021
Dog Park in the D

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Dogs are naturally social creatures and will seek out not only humans to pet them but others dogs. Visiting a dog park, especially in the summer months, is an ideal way to let your dog run around and meet other canine friends when you are enjoying the weather in Metro Detroit. 

Detroit’s two, off-leash dog parks – Capitol Park and Grand Circus Park – offer a plethora of themed-events and costume parties for the city’s four-legged friends and their humans. Beach parties, ice cream socials and an annual dog prom are just some of the fun scheduled. All of which allows owners to have a good time with their furry friends and to meet other pet people. 

For example, Capitol Park Dog Park is having several Saturday events from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the next few months that will help you occupy Rover while also soaking up the warmth of the summertime sun. Capitol Park Dog Park events are sponsored by Strategic Staffing Solutions, a Detroit-based, female-owned company. 

This is when Capitol Park Dog Park will hold its popular Ice Cream Social for dogs and their owners. This event features local ice cream with classic flavors. Make sure your pet can tolerate dairy if you are going to share your treats with them. 

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The second event takes place August 14. This is when Capitol Park Dog Park will hold its National Dog Day Celebration. All of your friends and family are invited to help celebrate your dog for National Dog Day, which is August 26 this year. You can bring a party hat for your dog to wear, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t stay on for more than a few minutes. 

Dog owners should remember that it is essential for your pet to be both vaccinated and wearing its license so your pet and everyone else’s will be safe. It’s also essential to keep your dog on a leash when you aren’t in the gated area.

Some other local dog parks that are looking for people to visit around Detroit include:

Grand Circus Dog Park

This park is located in the eastern half of Grand Circus Park near Comerica Park, the baseball stadium. You can find parking nearby on East Adams Street or just across from the park on Washington Boulevard.


Detroit Dog Park

Head to Corktown for some frolicking with your favorite pooch. This park is located at the corner of 17th Street and Rose Street inside Macomb Park, which is west of Michigan Central Station. It is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. There is street parking available nearby. 

Midtown Dog Park

This beautiful dog playground is found at the corner of Cass Avenue and West Canfield streets. It has an area specifically for smaller dogs, which is great if you have a pup that needs to stay around dogs its own size. It also has water available for dogs during their playtimes. Metered parking is available on Cass as well as Canfield streets. 

Balduck Park

Head into Balduck Park and head for the east side of this great city park toward Chandler Park Drive and Canyon Street. The dog park is behind a wooded area at the north end of the park and it is open from dawn to dusk. Your dogs also may enjoy an on-leash walk as well.