Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Physical exercise is important for our pets, and most dogs love large areas where they can run freely. Bringing your canines to a dog park is a great way for them to burn off energy and make new four-legged friends. Here’s a guide to some of the best off-leash dog parks within 20 miles of Randallstown, Maryland.
Bennett Cerf Dog Park is an off-leash dog park with over an acre of fenced area containing both grassy sections and wood chip areas. The park has benches for pet owners and bowls to borrow so long as you bring your own water. There are also agility obstacles for the dogs, including a ramp, platforms, tires, and a tunnel for them to run through. The beautiful park has many trails, so you can get exercise at the same time as your pets. There’s also a playground for children and covered pavilions if you’d like to get out of the sun.
The local community maintains Bennett Cerf Dog Park, and the site operates in a self-sustaining manner. Revenue covers all expenses for the park and the site’s volunteer organization, Friends of Bennett Cerf Dog Park, organizes park maintenance and cleanup with volunteers. Membership is necessary for the park for $30 per year, and you can print the membership form off the website. Owners must present proof of rabies vaccine and county tags to gain membership. Bennett Cerf Dog Park is located at Bennett Cerf Drive, 544 Manchester Road in Westminster.
Locust Point Dog Park at Latrobe Park is a large, fully fenced AstroTurf play area for dogs. The park is beautifully landscaped with rocky structures and even has a water slide for the dogs. If you have a smaller or aging dog who can’t keep up with the more energetic larger dogs, the park sets aside daily time for small and senior dogs, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Locust Point Dog Park is inside Latrobe Park, where there are many recreational areas available, including baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis areas, and playgrounds. For families with dogs, this can be a convenient destination to give both the kids and the dogs a chance to socialize while they get some exercise and fresh air.
The park is clean, and there are many water dishes available for the dogs to use. The two entrances are both double-gated, so dogs can’t sneak out when new guests enter. Volunteers maintain the park and a service cleans it weekly. Locust Point Dog Park is found at 1518 Latrobe Park Terrace in Baltimore.
Worthington Dog Park is a large 2.7-acre fenced park where your pups can get some great off-leash exercise. The ground is either grass or dirt and gravel. There are three sections to the park, and one enclosure is set aside for small, timid, or elderly dogs. There’s an agility course for the dogs, and hiking paths and benches for owners. Children under 12 aren’t permitted in the open dog area, and dog handlers must be at least 18 years old.
The park has a daily $5 admission pass or $40 annually for up to three dogs, and you don’t have to be a Howard County resident to purchase an annual pass. A valid dog license and current rabies vaccination are necessary to use the park. The website has an application for an annual pass and a map of the dog park. Worthington Dog Park is located at 8170 Hillsborough Road in Ellicott City.
Baltimore Animal Recreation Center (BARC) Park is a large dog park with two separate parks for dogs. It has a 1.5-acre area for large dogs and a 0.75-acre play area for small dogs, and both have water fountains for the animals. The park is clean and has many toys available for the pups to play on their excursion.
Volunteers make BARC Park possible, and extra assistance is always appreciated. The park’s mission is to provide a clean, safe, and secure exercise area for pets. Contact the Baltimore Animal Recreation Center if you’d like to volunteer and help keep this park available for the animals.
Membership is necessary for proof of licensing and immunizations. The membership is $30 per year per dog and $10 annually for each additional dog. BARC Park is located in Hannah More Park at 12305 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown.
Columbia DogPark is a 2.7-acre park with separate fenced areas for small and large dogs. Large dogs are those over 25 pounds and the large dog area contains 2 acres of running space, while the small dog area has 0.7 acres. Both areas have benches, a watering area for pets, and waste bags and disposal locations. The park is well-maintained and extremely clean, and guests appreciate the friendly attendants.
To register for the off-leash park, owners must show proof of rabies vaccination. While in the park, registered dogs must wear the Columbia DogPark dog tags. The park is open to residents of all counties and fees are $35 annually for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property and $70 annually for nonresidents. Columbia DogPark is located at 5901 Rivendell Lane in Columbia.
When bringing your dogs out to play at one of the off-leash areas, please familiarize yourself with all local dog park regulations, such as the weight categories for large or small dogs. Also, the dog parks ask owners to be considerate of others and pick up after their pets. Finally, please practice dog etiquette and keep a leash with you at all times and observe how your dog interacts with the other animals to ensure that all pets can play safely at the dog park.
How did we do with this list of the best dog parks around Randallstown? Is your pet’s favorite park on the list? If we missed any great dog parks in the area, let us know so we can add them to a future list.