Looking to get your dogs off-leash in Collin County? There’s no need to drive into Dallas. Times have changed in the northern suburbs. From a strict leash law county of 15 years ago, Collin has come of age in dog friendly-parks.
Canine Commons Dog Park
The best known dog park in the McKinney/Allen area is at The Village Shopping Center on Stacy road. You can’t miss it if you’re shopping at PetSmart. It’s in the parking lot. The best part of this park is that it’s dog centric. It’s not part of a larger park, or connected to other areas. Other park goers won’t accidentally stumble into a dog area. Open from 7am to 10pm, this park is a destination for dog lovers. This park is divided into large and small dog areas. Expect to socialize with other dog owners, too. It’s the friendliest dog park around.
Bonnie Wenk Park
Bonnie Wenk Park on Virginia Parkway is the newest dog park in Collin County. After months of speculation about this new addition to the Wilson Creek hike and bike trail system of McKinney city parks, dog owners rejoiced at an off-leash park. Centrally located, this park is open from dawn until 11pm. It features separate area for large and small dogs, plus a dog splash pad. It offers both shade for the hot, summer sun and lighting for evening use. McKinney expects this park to become the gem of its park system – with dogs and their lovers taking central stage. Parking is plentiful, but the park is easily accessible by walking or biking as well. This park has the best public restrooms of the three.
Jack Carter Dog Park
Jack Carter is the oldest park of the three. It hasn’t always had an off-leash area, so long time residents may not be as aware of the availability. Open from dawn to dusk, the two acre park has the most limited facilities of the three. Designated parking is provided at 2601 Pleasant Valley Dr., but the park is accessible along the Bluebonnet trail system as well. Unlike the other two parks designed with dogs in mind, this park is a reserved area of an established park. A bit more bare-bones, expect benches, picnic tables and water, and separate large and small dog areas.
Dog owners can relax and enjoy the off-leash options in Collin County. Friendly, pleasant parks invite locals to get to know one another while letting the dogs get some exercise. We can only hope this is just the beginning of a larger trend.