List of current dog parks in the Pinellas County area:  (updated 09/30/02)

Madeira Beach - An unfenced dog park is at Bicentennial Park on 150th Avenue adjacent to Madeira Beach Middle School. Hours of operation are dawn to dusk.

Indian Rocks Beach - The park is at the Beach Nature Preserve between Eighth and 10th Avenues. It  has been so popular that city officials briefly considered restricting its use just to residents.

St. Petersburg - A fenced dog park is in Crescent Lake Park at 1320 Fifth St. N. Another fenced dog park is in Coquina Key east of Sixth Street S with an entrance bridge at 39th Avenue S. Hours of operation for both parks are 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.

Safety Harbor - A fenced dog park is at 1200 Railroad Ave. next to Marshall Street Park off of Ninth Avenue and Marshall Street. Hours of operation are 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

General rules and dog park etiquette are as follows:

Pick up after your pet.
Dog owners must remain in the park's enclosures and keep their pets in sight and under voice control.
Two dogs per person limit.
Aggressive dogs are prohibited, as are females dogs in heat and puppies under 4 months old.
Dogs must be vaccinated and display current licenses.
Children 10 and under must be closely supervised.
No food or treats for pets or owners.
Please note, rules may vary from park to park.

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Parks Recently Opened and Parks Underway:

City and county officials said more dog parks are in the works - some of which are expected to break ground in a few weeks. Others may take a year or more. Some of the parks listed below should already be opened.

In the northern area of the county a park at A.L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs was scheduled to begin  construction in late October or early November (2001). and should now be open.  Tarpon Springs has plans to compete construction on a dog park on the Anclote River this year and it may already be opened.

Another dog park is planned for the central part of the county at Walsingham Park in Largo, although it will not be completed until late 2002. 

Northeast Park in Largo, which is on Lion's Club Road, off East Bay Drive was approved for as a site for an offleash dog park location with completion expected to be in March 2002.

It will be the only park in the city where dogs may roam unleashed. The park will include two fenced-in areas a 1-acre play area for large dogs and a 1/2-acre play area for smaller dogs. There also will be a fenced holding area where owners can unleash their dogs when they arrive and then re-leash them when they leave.

There will be a dog-activated water fountain and the city also intends to ask for donations from private companies to provide play equipment such as ramps, tunnels and hoops.

Clearwater Crest Lake Park  should be completed by fall of 2002. The park, could be up to three acres in size and have separate areas for large and small dogs to play.  Crest Lake Park is off Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.   The city of Clearwater is designing the park.

Improvements will also be made to convert a leash-free area at Fort De Soto Park in the southern part of the county into a fenced dog park with amenities.

Within the city of St. Petersburg, a dog park at Coquina Key in the southeast and a recently opened one at Crescent Lake Park in the center of the city .( More than 800 Crescent Lake residents signed a petition requesting their new park, which averages 80 dogs a night.)

In Dunedin,  a 3-acre site at the Louis A. Vanech Recreation Complex  may become a dog park  and be available in 2003.

In Tampa, the city opened two parks this year and is planning to have five dog parks eventually. The parks at Lopez Park and on Davis Island are already very, very popular. 

(Thank You - Nonie ) ( Thank You - Melia  Bowe & Robert Farley,  St. Petersburg Times)

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