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Canines deserve their own piece of paradise in the summer months, too. And the following Cleveland area dog parks offer enough special features, from beaches to training courses, to keep your pooch busy and panting during these dog days of summer.
5561 York Rd, North Royalton
If your canine aspires to be an Olympic star, you have come to the right place. Situated right in the Brecksville Reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks, Aukerman stands out from other dog parks by offering an on-leash dog agility course. The course features six agility stations, which work to build strength. Fido can also get in shape here by climbing the dog ramp, riding on the dog teeter totter, jumping over the hound hurdles or taking a walk along the trails.
Tails and Trails Dog Park
841 Page Rd., Aurora
When entering the park, note there is a bullpen area to bring in leashed dogs before freeing them into the play areas. But once inside the fire hydrant in the park enhances your pet's overall playful experience, and there is even a water bowl to keep all the animals hydrated.
Clark Field Dog Park
West 11th Street & Clark Ave., near Clark Fields
With a convenient location near the Animal Control Center in Tremont, dogs have an abundance of space to run around here. The fenced-in gravel may not make it the prettiest dog park to visit, but it sure does make for a safe time as the pups play.
Zone Recreation Center Dog Park
2044 West 53rd St.
There is so much to do here that's sure to entertain both dog and human. The rain gardens, splash park and wetlands can help you cool down while your dog plays. Outside the fenced-in area for dogs, there are two giant bone decorations for children to climb on.
Downtown Cleveland Dog Park
1505 Merwin Ave.
This is the ultimate place for your hound to be a city socialite. Not only can dogs exercise on various ramps and bridges, but their human owners can also take cute Instagram videos of the action from the comfort of their own park benches.
Lakewood Dog Park
1699 Valley Pkwy., Lakewood
This place has everything: Frisbees, water bowls, hand sanitizers, tennis balls, ropes and so much more. No wonder why it was voted Best Dog Park in Scene's Best Of 2017. Located right in the Rocky River Reservation, not only can your dog play, but you can also take Fido on a walk through Cleveland's Emerald Necklace hiking trail.
South Euclid Dog Park
Monticello and South Belvoir Boulevard, South Euclid
This dog park is known for its extra friendly community. Organized activities such as dog swims and other networking events really brings people together, allowing both dog and human to make new friends. With a gravel surface, the 4-foot high fence makes it an especially safe place for everyone.
Bratenahl Village Center Dog Park
10300 Brighton Rd., Bratenahl
This is the perfect pit stop off I-90 for your dog to roam free in a gated grass area. There are even baby pools to enhance the overall play experience. The park offers a plethora of shady spots and running water for hydration. Keep in mind that due to Bratenahl city laws, pitbulls are not allowed to be unleashed or unmuzzled in the park.
Bow Wow Beach
5027 Stow Rd., Stow
The preeminent canine haven for you and your best friend, the beach and grassy knolls here provide the perfect ambiance for your dog to splash around in her very own pond. There are stations to wash your dog and dispense waste. The small pups have their very own area as well. The park welcomes all kinds of dogs, as long as they are licensed.
Keyser Dog Park
851 W Bath Rd, Cuyahoga Falls
Need an escape from the louder, busier dog parks? Keyser is known for its peace and quiet, and is the ideal place for an afternoon stroll. The fenced-in grassy area offers a pleasant outdoor area for your pup to explore. This park is suitable for new dog owners, who are just getting to know their pooches.
Mentor Dog Park
6647 Hopkins Rd., Mentor
With a fenced area around the entrance and exit, dogs of all sizes are allowed to roam around and have fun (or maybe meet their soulmate). There is a doggie water fountain to spice up your dog's outing.
BARC-Akron Dog Park
499 Memorial Pkwy, Akron
Better Akron Recreation for Canines (BARC) organizes and maintains this fenced in dog park for hounds living in the Akron area. Pets can roam around leash-free, and dog owners can bond over their love of dogs.
Canine Meadow Dog Park
9038 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland
While dogs are not permitted in the Lake Metroparks Farmpark, they are permitted to run around free from a leash at the Canine Meadow Dog Park. This 9-acre play area even has a pond for your furry friends to swim.
410 E Homestead St., Medina
Memorial Park is equipped with various spaces for those of all ages (and species) to have a solid time in the sun. This dog park includes a large area for man's best friend to run around unleashed.
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Toss a frisbee or tennis ball for your dog in this spacious, fenced-in park and before you know it, there'll be a whole pack of dogs going after it. It's also a great place to mingle with other dog owners.