Pittsburghers love two things above all others: their sports teams and their dogs! Because of this, the City of Champions has a myriad of merriment opportunities for its canine champs, no matter what part of the Burgh you and your pooch hail from.
Riverview Park is a great place to bring King for exercise and fun in the sun. Dog owners like this one for its large open areas and shade trees. In fact, dogs are welcome in all areas of Riverview Park if they’re on leash. If you want your puppy pal to roam leash-free, you can always high tail over to the fenced-in, off-leash dog run adjacent to the Allegheny Observatory parking lot. Park hours are 6 am to 11 pm. Call Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for more information at 412-682-7275.
The dog park at Corrigan Drive in South Park is another favorite of Pittsburgh hounds. This fantastic fenced-in park allows on-leash dogs in most areas of the park. It’s equipped with drinking water and benches. You can even fetch a pick-up bag from the park’s supply to clean up after Rover. Call 412-350-7275 for more information.
Heritage Dog Park
Monroeville Dog Park inside Heritage Park is a beautiful park located east of Pittsburgh off Saunders Station Road. They have chairs, an off-leash area, water fountains for humans, and even doggie-level drinking fountains! This park asks that all humans abide by these vital steps: The fence has a double-gate. Bring your dog into the first gate and then close the gate. TAKE YOUR DOG OFF ITS LEASH! This is a very important step, as dogs are extremely sensitive to being on a leash when other dogs present are not leashed. Once you have removed the leash, open the inner gate, and let your dog go out into the park area.
Lucky Paws Dog Park and Pool
You read that right … this dog park has a pool! Located at 2273 Lovi Road in Freedom, they have both indoor and outdoor areas and, yes, even a pool for Spot to practice his doggie paddle. Their hours of operation are 3 pm to sunset Monday through Friday, 9 am to sunset on weekends. Lucky Paws even has play equipment like tunnels and ramps, but there is no separate area for small dogs. Check out the above website for more information about rules and fees to become a member.
If, as Henry Ward Beecher once said, “Dogs are the gods of frolic,” then Pittsburgh, with all its pup parks, is doggie heaven for all your hound’s high jinks!