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Dog Park at Bob Woodruff Park

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Dog Park Rules

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the City Council’s Emergency Declaration, Recreation facilities (including the dog parks) are closed through April 27 at which time the closures will be re-assessed. 

The City of Plano is encouraging our community to use wisdom and extreme caution when considering group gatherings or activities. Everyone has a social responsibility to keep our community safe and healthy.

 The dog park is a double-gated, fenced, seven acre area located within Bob Woodruff Park. It features separate areas for large and small dogs with a centrally located shade structure that overlooks the fenced enclosures. By design, the individual paddocks will alternate between locked and unlocked, to minimize overuse of any one paddock. Low level safety lighting for the entire dog park, plaza and parking lot allows park users and their dogs to enjoy the park in the evening, and particularly in the fall and winter months during the short periods of daylight. The park also features picnic tables, benches, water stations for humans and dogs, and waste pickup/disposal stations. When outside the enclosure, all animals are required to be restrained on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times, including when arriving and departing the park. The park closes at 10:30 pm, and a warning strobe will be activated before the lights automatically turn off. Please leave adequate time to vacate the park.

HOURS
Sunrise-10:30 p.m.        Wednesday - Monday
4 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.        Tuesday

CLOSURES AND MAINTENANCE
The facility may be closed during and after inclement weather to protect the turf. This may be up to a few days after the weather has passed. Conditions are assessed on a daily basis for re-opening. For updated closure information, please call 972-210-2936, option 7. (You can also download the free RainoutLine.com app on your smart phone to view current rain out status.) The dog park is closed for maintenance on Tuesdays from sunrise until 4 p.m.


HOW TO ENTER AND LEAVE THE AREA
You enter the area through a double-gated vestibule. These vestibules are designed with two gates to provide maximum control over your dog and the other dogs as you enter/leave the enclosure. If someone is ahead of you, please wait your turn.

To Enter, before you open the outer gate, check to be sure the inner gate is closed
- Open the outer gate and enter the vestibule with your dog(s)
- Close the outer gate behind you remove your dog's leash. Having your dog on a leash when confronting an off-leash dog may cause problems - your dog can feel vulnerable and fearful, as well as the need to protect you. Restraining your dog with the leash puts him/her at a disadvantage. Restraining may put your dog in a pose that can cause the off-leash dog to feel threatened
- Before you open the inner gate, check to be sure the inner area is not congested with excited dogs waiting to pounce on the new dog or with dogs trying to get out
- Pay attention to the reception from the dogs already in the enclosure
- Open the inner gate and enter the park with your dog
- Close the inner gate behind you and move your dog away from the entrance
To exit, follow the procedure for entry in reverse order.

ANIMAL LICENSING INFORMATION
Animals must wear current registration and rabies vaccination tags on a collar or harness at all times. The City of Plano Animal Services Department will be monitoring the park for proper registration and vaccinations. For information on City of Plano licensing procedures and regulations, please contact the Animal Services Department or call 972-769-4360.

PARK ETIQUETTE
Doggie Do's
- DO scoop the poop - help prevent the spread of parasites and possible disease 
- DO license and vaccinate your dog(s)
- DO watch and keep an eye on your dog(s) 
- DO avoid dog fights. If a fight breaks out, pull the dogs apart from the back 
- DO honor the limit of 3 dogs per visit 
- DO remove your dog immediately at the first sign of aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs 
- DO enjoy this opportunity for your dog to romp and play off-leash in a fun, safe environment 

Doggie Don'ts
- Don't bring puppies under 4 months to the park 
- Don't let your dog dig holes in the park 
- Don't leave your dogs unattended 
- Don't bring small children - larger dogs may find them more interesting than necessary 
- Don't bring food or drink for yourself or your dog, other than water if desired