OFF LEASH AREAS FOR DOGS
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department welcomes you and your dog to enjoy the vast amount of park space in the Bayou City. However, you are required to have your dog on a leash at all times.
Our leash law is one of the tools that permits dogs & dog owners to visit a park without creating safety concerns, disturbing natural resources, or diminishing a park visit for those who are not comfortable around dogs.
We know that most dogs love to run free and most dog owners would like to provide their pets the opportunity to do so. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department maintains several dog parks for you and your four-legged friend(s) to enjoy.
DOG PARK RULES
Please follow the Dog Park Rules while enjoying the off-leash area with your pets.
OTHER LOCAL DOG PARKS
The Houston area is home to many fine dog parks, some of which are operated by other municipalities & counties. For your convenience, here is a link to some of them, and to other sources of information:
Houston Parks & Recreation Department Dog Parks
Levy Park, located at 3801 Eastside, was acquired by the city in 1942 and was renovated in two phases by the Upper Kirby District & Intown Chamber of Commerce. The most recent renovation was finished in 2006 and includes a designated dog run. The new dog park is near the updated play equipment & the softball field. Being surrounded by dog-filled apartment complexes, Levy Park should be a popular destination for the area's canines and their humans.
Ervan Chew, located at 4502 Dunlavy (Key Map 492Z), was the first neighborhood park in Houston to allow dogs to legally run free, off-leash in a designated dog zone. The dog zone is located adjacent to the picnic area and sprayground. It is a fenced-in space, approximately 9,000 square feet in size, and is designed to allow dogs to exercise freely. The Friends of Ervan Chew Park, a neighborhood organization, provided funding for the dog zone. It was dedicated in May of 2004.
Maxey Park, located at 601 Maxey Road (Key Map 496C), was the second official dog park in the Houston Parks and Recreation system. Dedicated in September of 2004, this community park designated approximately 12 to 13 acres of parkland as a place for dogs. The area features a fenced-in space for the dogs to exercise off leash, and amenities include doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for large and small dogs, a doggie shower, a waste disposal station, and benches throughout the space. Maxey Park Bark and Run Park was funded in part by the Houston parks and Recreation Department and revenue generated from from the 2003 City of Houston Birthday Celebration, hosted by then-council member Annise Parker.
West Webster Park, 1502 West Webster (Key Map 493P), was renovated in 2009 and was opened to the public on September 19, 2009. It includes a 5,000-square foot dog run. Amenities for dogs & their people at West Webster Park include a drinking fountain and dog wash area. Renovation was funded through the Fourth Ward Redevelopment Authority, TIRZ 4.
T.C. Jester Park, 4201 West T.C. Jester Blvd (Key Map 451M), boasts a 31,000-square foot run for big dogs and a 16,000-square foot run for small dogs, for a total enclosure of 1.08 acres. It opened to the public in August 2009. There are benches and dog drinking fountains in both sections.
Tanglewood Park, 5801 Woodway (Key Map 491K), was built through contributions from individuals and foundations, and is part of a larger park renovation that includes a new .2-mile concrete walkway and a beautiful gazebo, which was paid for through $23, 524.75 in city funds. Its Grand Opening took place Sunday, February 14, 2010.
Buffalo Bayou Park, 2929 Allen Parkway
The two-acre Johnny Steele Dog Park opened in Buffalo Bayou Park on January 17, 2015. It offers separate areas for large and small dogs, each with a pond, dog washing station, and shade structures for the enjoyment of Houston dogs and their human friends. One of the area’s largest dog parks, it is named for Houston landscape architect Johnny Steele. It was built as part of a $58 million renovation of Buffalo Bayou Park by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
As funding becomes available & through partnerships with the Houston Dog Park Association, civic clubs & other dog owner organizations, more dog parks are planned in the future.
Please remember that dogs are not allowed, even with a leash, in children's play areas, or on organized athletic fields.
Recreation and Wellness
Permits and Reservations
- Aug. 21 - North Shore Trail
- Jul. 8 - TIGER Grant
HPARD Calendar of Events