Off Leash Areas for Dogs
The Houston Parks & Recreation Department welcomes you & 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 permit dogs & dog owners to visit a park without creating safety concerns, disturbing natural resources, or diminishing a park visit for those who are less comfortable around dogs.
We know that most dogs love to run free & most dog owners would like to provide their pets with the opportunity to do so. The Houston Parks & Recreation Department maintains several dog parks for you & 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 are links 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 & was renovated in two phases by the Upper Kirby District & Intown Chamber of Commerce. The most recent renovation was finished in 2006 & 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 & 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 & swimming pool. It is a fenced-in space, approximately 9,000 square feet in size & is designed to allow dogs to exercise freely. The Ervan Chew Park dog zone was the first step in providing an area for off-leash dogs. The Friends of Ervan Chew Park, a neighborhood organization, provided funding for the dog zone. Ervan Chew 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 & 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, seperate areas for large & small dogs, a doggie shower, a waste disposal station & benches throughout the space. Maxey Park Bark & Run Park was funded in part by the Houston parks & Recreation Department & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & dog drinking fountains in both sections.
Tanglewood Park, 5801 Woodway (Key Map 491K), has become the newest H.P.A.R.D. facility to have a dog park. It was built through contributions from individuals & foundations, and is part of a larger park renovation that includes a new .2-mile concrete walkway & a beautiful gazebo, which was paid for through $23, 524.75 in city funds. Its Grand Opening is set for Sunday, February 14, 2010, at 3:30 p.m.
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.