Dog parks can be hit or miss, especially if you are new to an area. Sometimes you end up with very strange surprises, such as muddy grounds or no separation of small and large breeds. And sometimes you end up with gems. If you’re looking for a few dog parks around Cambrian Park, Campbell, or Almaden Valley, California, this article is for you.
Before discussing these dog parks, it is important to note a few shared qualities. Every dog park contains two sides – large and small breed – as well as available water and humans. We all know humans are unique – some are nice and some are not. I have personally encountered multiple personality types. Let’s not blame the park for human behavior issues; the fun, after all, is for the dogs.
#1 Roy M Butcher Dog Park
This dog park is located near shopping at Target, Home Depot, and other locations so it is convenient if you need to run in for something before or after taking your dog to play. The park itself is generously sized for both large and small breeds. The people are generally friendly and talkative. Chairs and benches provide play for the dogs and relief for the owners.
For parents, this park is perfect because there is a full-sized playground. However, the park is somewhat far for children to go alone, but within walking distance after the pup is exercised.
#2 Los Gatos Creek County Dog Park
Another great park for those looking for hiking before or after the off-leash playtime. Nestled off of the Los Gatos Creek Trail, this dog park has very large off-leash areas for your little one to roam free and play. As with Roy M Butcher, this park also uses turf which can often smell due to the lack of rain and being washed down. Not bad though, and should be expected at any park.
There is a $6 parking fee which helps maintain and keep the park clean – that’s why it’s worth the visit. You can also park for free on the street, but be mindful of your surroundings. If you have a larger breed, this may be the place for you!
#3 Jeffrey Fontana Park
This dog park has a nice blend of the previous two parks, but had a few extra gems. The large dog section is huge and friendly. The neighborhood is also cozy so you can feel safe. Unlike the other dog parks, Jeffrey Fontana Park offered pooper scoopers to help keep the park clean.
If you cannot bare the smell of turf, maybe Jeffrey is for you. They do not have turf. Instead, it is dirt-like, but be careful if rain is coming – you may need to give Scruffy a bath.
What do you think of these parks? Are there any others you would like me to review? Let me know by leaving me a comment.