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Grand Island Dog Park - Coming Soon!

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Nike Base Complex, 3278 Whitehaven Rd Grand Island, New York

Soon we'll have another dog park in the area! The Grand Island town board has approved the space to be used, and cleanup efforts are underway. The park should be ready later this summer.

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Lewiston Dog Park

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Artpark Plateau, Portage Road, Lewiston, NY 14092
Park Type: 
Town
Managing Organization: 
Lewiston Dog Owners Group
Size: 

1.3 acres (reference)

The Lewiston Dog park opened in 2010, and is run by the Lewiston Dog Owners Group. While some places list the address at Artpark, it's actually on the "Artpark Plateau," the area on Portage Road right before the toll booth. You don't have to worry about paying any admission fees to get here.

The dog park is 1.3 acres, and has sections for small and large dogs, each with their own sally port at the entrance for leashing/unleashing. The surrounding area has some gorgeous views, and is a great place for walking your dog as well.

Lewiston Dog Owners Group website
Lewiston Dog Park Facebook page

Rootie's Run - Dog Park

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2900 Lakeview Road, Hamburg, NY
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Town

Rootie's Run is a dog park in Hamburg, which opened in July 2011. It was named after Rootie, a beagle found on Route 5, who was the inspiration for starting the park. It is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

As with most dog parks, there are separate sections for small and large dogs, both spacious. For extra fun, there is even a fire hydrant in the small dog section!



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Town Of Hamburg Dog Park Page

Knox Farm Dog Park

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437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, NY 14052
Park Type: 
State
Managing Organization: 
Friends of Knox Farm State Park
Size: 

5 acres (reference)

Notable Features: 
Huge Size

Knox Farm State Park is the former country estate of the Knox family. Not only is it a beautiful location for taking your dog on a walk, but it also has a dog park with plenty of space for running around off-leash. Normal leash laws apply in the rest of the park. To get there, go through the main entrance on Buffalo Road and park your car. Walk past the building marked "Visitor Center" and you'll find the dog park.

The park was created from a former sheep pasture on the farm. At 5 acres, this must be one of the largest dog parks in the area. If your dog loves running or playing fetch, this is an excellent place to spend time with them. And like most dog parks there are separate areas for small dogs vs. dogs of all sizes.

Which brings me to one minor gripe. If the "all dog" area was made from a former pasture, the "small dog" area looks to have been added as an afterthought. Although the small dog area is probably of a similar size to the small dog areas of other parks, it looks to be barely 5% of the size of the main area, making it not so appealing by comparison. Given a choice to play with your dog in an area the size of a football field (photo at left), or the size of someone's backyard (photo at lower right), which would you choose? So despite the fact that it was very busy on the day we went, and there were plenty of smaller dogs there, none of the owners had decided to use the small dog area.

But this is probably not an issue for most dogs. Ren's size (6 pounds) means there is always a risk of him getting knocked over, and he is also a bit nervous/defensive around much larger dogs, so my preference would have been for him to just be in an area with dogs closer to his size. So I do admit that I'm letting a bit of my subjective opinion into this description. But it's not a deal-breaker. Similar to when I take him to Ellicott Creek Island (where there is no size separation) I just make sure to keep close to him, and get him out of the way if he is in danger of being bumped into by a larger excited dog. For the vast majority of dog owners, this is not even an issue - if your dog isn't so tiny and is comfortable with a variety of sizes, you will both have a great time.

Knox Farm Dog Park Facebook page
Knox Farm State Park Website - NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Friends of Knox Farm website
"New Knox Farm Dog Park Has Tails Wagging" - East Aurora Advertiser, October 2nd, 2013

The Bark Park at Ellicott Creek Island

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Creekside Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Park Type: 
County
Managing Organization: 
Friends of Ellicott Island Bark Park (Friends of Ellicott, Inc.)
Size: 

about 14.25 acres

Notable Features: 
Natural surroundings; plenty of shade makes it great for hot days

This is the area's newest dog park. Many people (myself included) had been taking their dogs off leash to the island part of the park anyway, as the surrounding water made a natural barrier to keep dogs from running off. But technically, we were all in violation of leash laws. That all changed in January 2014, when Erie County officially made the Island at Ellicott Creek Park a dog park. Perhaps the county thought, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em"? As with the other Erie County owned location, this one is also called "The Bark Park."

This is very different from the other dog parks in the area. No fence is needed, except at the bridge leading onto the island. And you'll find more than just grass here - your dog will enjoy walking with you along the dirt paths, running through the plant growth, jumping over rocks, and even going for a swim where the water meets the shore.

Due to the natural setup, there is no divider to keep small and large dogs separate, so it's important to keep an eye on your dog in the case of large size differences. At this park, Ren is more interested in exploring than playing, so I usually do not have to worry about him trying to wrestle with a Great Dane, for example. Usually I just walk around the island, with Ren next to me, so it's just like we're going for a regular walk only without a leash. We also work in some jogging, a game of fetch, and some obedience training (a great way to practice overcoming distractions).

Erie County Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Forestry - Ellicott Creek
"New ‘Bark Park’ opens in Ellicott Creek Park" - Buffalo News, January 18, 2014
Friends of Ellicott Island Bark Park

The Bark Park at Black Rock Canal Park

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16 Black Rock Harbor, Buffalo, NY 14207
Park Type: 
County
Notable Features: 
Gravel instead of grass

This is a newer dog park to the area. Even though it's located in the city of Buffalo, it's part of Black Rock Canal Park, which is an Erie County park (that's why the Barkyard is still "Buffalo's only official dog park"). Like most dog parks, it has separate areas for large and small dogs. One difference from other parks is that the ground is covered in gravel rather than grass, which may be a good or bad thing depending on what you and your dog like.

Even if you don't specifically use the dog park, Black Rock Canal Park in general is a great place to walk your dog, with a paved trail close to the water.

Bark Park website
Facebook page
Erie County Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Forestry - Black Rock Canal Park

The Barkyard at LaSalle Park

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LaSalle Park, D A R Drive, Buffalo, NY 14202
Park Type: 
City
Managing Organization: 
Buffalo Off-Leash Areas, Inc.
Size: 

70,000 square feet (1.6 acres) (reference)

Notable Features: 
waterfront breeze makes it great for hot days


When it began, the Barkyard was the area's first dog park, opening in 2007 at a temporary site in LaSalle Park, and moving to its current location in 2009. It's still the City of Buffalo's only dog park (as other dog parks in the area are either owned by other towns or by Erie County). It has separate areas for large and small dogs. You can also enjoy a lovely view of Lake Erie as you and your dog play.


The Barkyard website
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City of Buffalo Press Release

The Paw Park

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Address: 
550 Smith Road Amherst, New York 14051
Park Type: 
Town/State (it's part of Amherst State Park, portions of which are owned by the Town of Amherst, with the balance owned by the State but still operated by the Town)
Managing Organization: 
Amherst Paw Park Association
Size: 

1 acre (reference)

The Paw Park describes itself as "an off-leash recreation area for our canine companions." It opened in 2010, and like most dog parks, it has separate areas for large & small dogs.

The Paw Park on Facebook
Paw Park Rules

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