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“Fair at best” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dog Wood Park

Dog Wood Park
Ranked #52 of 165 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Our off-leash park is a unique 42-acre (25 acres are currently fenced) private country club providing fitness, recreational, relaxation, and socializing opportunities for both you and your dog. Dogs can run off-leash to their hearts' content in a safe, controlled environment. The off-leash park offers both dogs and their people a variety of recreational and fitness amenities, including dog-swimming ponds, jogging/walking trails, and play equipment such as tunnels. Perhaps even more importantly, the off-leash park gives dogs a chance to socialize with others of their own kind. Regular off-leash exercise and play with other dogs will result in a healthier, happier, more well-adjusted dog. Our off-leash park features the following amenities: •Lake Bow Wow, a 2-acre swimming lake for dogs (with a fountain!) •25 acres fenced with 6-foot chain link fence •Huge fields for frisbee and throwing balls •A 4-acre shady area for those hot days •A dog shower for muddy paws • Barkham Woods, a 10-acre natural wooded area with nature trails around and through it •Small dog area for dogs under 25 pounds with both sunny and shady sections, and Lake Fifi, a small dog swimming pond! •Night dog: three lighted acres for use after dark (until 10 p.m.) •Special Events: a one or three-acre separate area that can be rented for parties, festivals, or any kind of special event •Kids 'N Dogs: a separate area with playground equipment for kids of all ages and kid-friendly dogs •Benches and swings for relaxing •Tunnels, tires, jumps and other fun exercise obstacles for the dogs •Park-provided tennis balls •Use of a full agility course (for safety reasons, use of the agility equipment is restricted to those who are taking or have taken an agility course)
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fair at best”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

The park is clearly situated in poorly drained soil conditions and it is evident that the city leaders care little for pet friendly spaces. This area is a reflection on what Jacksonville has done for throat 40 years, no upgrades. If you question this then look at the sides of the roads, littered with vegetation, trash, and the ever menacing flashing road construction signs.

Visited July 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Dog's Dream Play Day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

Dog Wood Park is a fantastic way to exercise your pup that is different than just a walk in your neighborhood. It works like a gym membership--members get a key fob that allows them to enter and exit as they choose. Non-members are only allowed to go on Saturdays and Sundays. It is $10 + tax. Be prepared to show your dog's tags--rabies vaccination and his/her city license. There is a huge manmade lake that the dogs are able to run, jump and play in with others. Humans are not allowed to go into the lake to swim. There is a section of trails that are all fenced in where the dogs can run freely while you take in some nature. There is also a little dog park for the small ones. There are bathroom facilities as well as a refrigerator to purchase drinks. One of the best features of the park are the in-door wash area. It costs extra, but after a day of dirt, sand and slobber, it's a great way to wash your dog. If you don't want to pay for a bath, there are 2 outdoor hose stations to just rinse your dog. You aren't allowed to bring your own shampoo. If you've only been to your standard neighborhood dog park, this will change your opinion of what a dog park can be. Enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“a vacation for your dog!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Created around a lovely pond where dogs can roam free, this park has so much going for it! They separate dogs by size and have special places for each size to roam. My Bella isn't a water dog although she got out into the pond to cool off. Her favorite spot is the "forest" where she chases squirrels for hours. If they need to be bathed, there is a bathing area on site as well.

Visited September 2012
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“AMAZING and fun for animals and people alike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

I only tried Dogwood because I had a Groupon. I live at the beach and own property on the west side so I never saw a reason to pay to go to a dog park...until DOGWOOD! It is simply one of the best finds I have made in Jacksonville in a long time. It's impeccably clean and plenty of trees to provide shade from the hot Florida sun. My pooch Baylee is a lab and she has never been in better shape since we found Dogwood. She lives in their lake. I love going and talking to other dog owner - it's social and fun for both owner and pet!

Visited June 2013
Thank ClemsonShannon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fun filled day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

This is a great place for dogs. It gives them endless space to play and just be a dog. They get to meet new friends and tire themselves out. There are even classes they can take and when they are done playing or swimming in the pond, you can wash them before they go home! Rates are great and they have memberships as well. The biggest dog park I've ever seen! Your dog will love you for the visit.

Visited July 2012
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