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A Denverite's Guide to Dog Park Safety

Colorado is usually ranked one of the top states for outdoor activities, but a recent ranking of dog-friendly American cities put Denver and Aurora at least in the top half of the best dog parks category in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land. We think the good folks at The Trust for Public Land need to revisit their findings again in another year. That’s because dog parks are going up all over Colorado with some of the most incredible scenery and amenities, some right here in Denver and the greater Metro area.A Denverite’s Guide to Dog Park Safety | Denver Dog Bite Lawyer

How Many Dog Parks Does Denver Have?

Boise, ID blows the doors off every other major metropolitan city and ranks as the most dog-friendly city with a whopping 15 dog parks for its 225,400 residents. That’s a baffling 6.7 off-leash dog parks per 100,000 people. Here’s how Denver and the two other top-ranked Colorado dog-friendly cities fared:1

Population Dog Parks Per 100,000 Residents Number of Dog Parks
Colorado Springs 459,681 1.7 8
Denver 699,521 1.4 10
Aurora 368,200 0.8 3

Where Are Denver’s Dog Parks?

Denver has 10 splendid dog parks, but there’s several things to keep in mind before visiting them. Firstly, it’s best to first read over the Denver Parks & Recreation “Dog Park Rules and Regulations” before taking your furry friend there. Also, here’s the top things city officials say you should keep in mind before going there:

  • Unlighted dog parks operate from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
  • Lighted dog parks operate from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Dogs must be spayed or neutered, or have a current Denver Intact Permit (Denver residents only).
  • Dogs must have current rabies and dog license. Failure to have a dog vaccinated can result in a $40 ticket.2

Here’s a list of Denver’s current dog parks:

  • Berkeley Dog Park - Sheridan and West 46th
  • Barnum Dog Park - Hooker and West 5th
  • Kennedy Dog Park - Hampden and South Dayton
  • Josephine Dog Park - Josephine and 16th Avenue
  • Fuller Dog Park - Franklin and East 29th
  • Green Valley Ranch East Dog Park - Jebel and East 45th
  • Stapleton - East 24th Avenue and Syracuse Street
  • Railyard Dog Park - 19th Avenue and Little Raven Street
  • Lowry Dog Park - East 4th Place and South Yosemite Way
  • Parkfield Dog Park - 53rd Ave and Chambers Road

Denver Leash Laws

Denver’s leash laws vary from county to county. So, if you don’t live in Denver County, which is what this article is focused on, you should consult or call your county office and enquire about the leash laws in your particular county.

According to Denver’s leash law (Sec. 8-16) “dogs are required to be on a leash and under control of their owner, at all times.” Leash laws are in place to protect the general public at large as well as the pets themselves. Here are a few more details about Denver’s leash laws:

  • Dogs are considered “running at large,” if they are not on the premise of the dog’s owner, not on leash, cord or chain held by the owner or guardian. They are also considered running at large, if they are on the owner’s property, but the dog still has access to the “public right of way,” such as sitting in the front yard unrestrained.
  • Denver law enforcement officers have a duty to pick up and impound dogs found running at large.
  • Denver law enforcement officers are also “authorized” to issues a summons and complaint to any person who violates the city’s leash laws.
  • Those found to be in violation of Denver’s dog leash laws and have a dog running at large will be fined $80 for the first offense, $150 for the second offense, and $300 for the third offense.

The last thing anyone needs is a ticket for a run-away dog, have their dog get into a fight with another dog, or bit another person. So, keep them on the leash for everyone’s benefit. You’d be surprised how costly the cost of a dog bite can be. A good Denver dog bite lawyer can easily win their clients thousands of dollars for medical bills, missed work, pain and suffering, and any other type of loss or emotional distress that a dog bite can cause.

Denver Dog Doo Doo Laws

Nobody enjoys an encounter with a dog land mine left behind for others to step in, smell, or look at for that matter. When dog owners don’t curb their animals at dog parks, it can make for an accumulation of dog feces, which can force the closure of Denver’s dog parks.

It’s actually the law (Sec. 8-47) to pick up and properly dispose of dog feces, immediately in designated trash containers. Dog bag dispensers are visible and available at all of Denver’s dog parks. We couldn’t find doggy doo doo fines for Denver proper, but we’ve come across several articles that say surrounding communities have fined dog owners as much as $100 for not picking up dog excrement “good enough.” Also, some communities will even go the extra mile and have dog poop tested for DNA, which can be used to trace back to the exact animal that made it. Those test fees are usually passed on to the dog’s owner.

We have a saying in Colorado – “leave no trace behind,” whether you are in the forest or in the city.

Contact a Denver Dog Bite Lawyer at Warshauer McLaughlin Law Group

Dog owners have a great responsibility when they take their four-legged friends into the public domain or even when they have visitors to their homes. If their dog for some reason finds you a threat, they will sometimes bite out of fear or an inherent protective response to someone strange invading their space. When someone gets bitten at a dog owners home, the dog owner is at fault because of premises liability laws. If you are bitten and injured by a dog, contact the Denver Lawyer at Warshauer Law Group. Our experienced staff can help you navigate the complicated legal system and help you get the justice you deserve.

To speak with our Denver dog bite lawyer and learn how we can help you get the best possible outcome in your case, call us today at (720) 420-9800 or email us using the contact form on this page.


1“Cities in Colo. Ranked for Dog Parks” published in Patch, April 2018.

2“Denver’s Dog Laws Can Make for a Ruff Day in Jail” published in Westword, Dec. 2009.

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