Arlington/Arkwright Dog Park (Community)
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Arlington/Arkwright Off - Leash Dog Area, commonly referred to as an OLDA, is located on the corner of Arlington and Arkwright. The park is bounded by Arlington Avenue on the north, Arkwright Street on the west, Clark Street on the south and Desoto Street on the east. Approximately 4.5 acres, this long rectangle of park land includes wooded trails, open space and a large bowl-shaped slope. Nestled in a residential neighborhood, this park offers people and pets an opportunity to engage in social interaction and play. This park is supported in part by maintenance and financial contributions from Responsible Owners of Mannerly Pets (ROMP) of Ramsey Count.
Off-Leash Dog Park Rules
Arlington/Arkwright offers parking for visitors with a lot located on the northwest corner of Arlington/Arkwright.
The park, which is completely enclosed,
offers five entrance areas. The main and secondary entrances are at the
northern most end of the OLDA adjacent to the west and east sides of the
tennis court. These entrances are closest to the parking lot. There are
two entrances along Arkwright Street - one near the northern end and
the other near the southern end. The final entrance is at the southeast
corner of the park located at Clark Street. Each entrance has a swing
gate, which needs to be closed upon entering and exiting.
- Wooded trails
Wooded trails line the park and are covered
with wood chips to provide a stable walking surface. The wood chips
prevent the build-up of mud during wet periods and create a safer trail
experience. Walking is ENCOURAGED because it adds to the health benefits
of the park, and minimizes congregating animals.
- Open Space
A popular feature to the park is vast open
space at the park's northern entrance. This has become the "commons"
area of the park. Handlers can toss balls, frisbees and other toys while
their pets race along the open space chasing down their toys. This area
is also covered with wood chips. If your dog tends to be possessive of
its own toys, do not bring them from home. Use the "community toys" that
are found at the park.
- Benches and tables
The "commons" area has two picnic tables, a
bleacher style bench and several lawn chairs. The tables have been
provided by Parks and Recreation, and the chairs and bench have been
provided by OLDA visitors. This allows users to sit in the shade, or
visit with other park users. Food in the park is not allowed because it
can trigger aggressive behaviors between dogs.
Running water is not available at the park.
Users are responsible to supply water for their animals. ROMP
encourages visitors to bring milk jugs full of water each time they
visit to share with others.