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Best Parks To Walk Your Dog In Metro Detroit

April 25, 2014 9:00 AM

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Walking your dog in the D is a great way to experience the city while introducing your pet to the sights and sounds of the city. Dogs are social animals and love making new doggie friends as much as people, and there are tons of places throughout the city to meet other dog aficionados. There are so many great locations to walk your dog. Check out a previous list here, and read below for some new ideas about where to take your four-legged friends.
Dequindre Cut Greenway Trail
1776 Woodbridge St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 566-8200
www.detroitriverfront.org

Walking the dog just got interesting. Take an incredible journey, minus the Siamese cat, through a unique greenspace that has been transformed from an old railroad line into an urban pathway. Walk Fido alongside runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the 1.35 miles of recreational trails. This area has a ton of features to keep dog walking from being anything but boring, including extensive murals and urban artwork, unique structures and plenty of greenery for your pooch. This space has so much for dogs to explore, he will never want to return home.

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Belle Isle Park
Detroit, MI 48218
(313) 628-2081
www.detroitmi.gov

One of the gems of the city, Belle Isle features an array of different sections that will delight both you and your dog. With extensive grassy areas, the sandy banks of the riverfront and tremendous architectural masterpieces to behold, it’s no wonder this is one of the best places in the city to walk your dog. Humans will love to check out the park’s treasures, including the Albert Kahn-designed Conservatory and Aquarium, the gorgeous fountains or to hear the amazing virtues of the carillon, which actually works, and chimes songs at certain times of the day. Dogs will adore frolicking over the bridges and through the woods, or take a walk onto the pier to soak in the tranquil scene.

Detroit Riverwalk
Rivard St. at Atwater St.
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 566-8200
www.detroitriverfront.org

Riverfront Canine Club
Rivard Plaza
Detroit, MI 48207
www.caninetofivedetroit.com/join-the-riverfront-canine-club

The Detroit Riverwalk is a truly inspiring place to take your dog for an exhilarating walk. There is so much for people and pets to discover while strolling down this urban walkway. Depending upon what mood you are in, check out the boats gliding down the Detroit River, some spaces with flowers and grass or public art. Scope out the lighthouse, watch the carousel spin or check out the dock. Pets will most likely meet some new friends, and the same goes for owners. A great way to connect with other dog lovers in the area is to attend a guided, pet-friendly tour of the Riverwalk. This group of dog enthusiasts, dubbed The Riverfront Canine Club, meets on the third Sunday of every month.

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Tiger Stadium Field
2121 Trumbull Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
www.detroitdogpark.org

Dogs and owners can mosey on over to the vacant lot to meet fellow canine enthusiasts for a monthly “Dog Party.” The meet-ups were established where the iconic Tiger Stadium once stood. This may just be the place for doggie action, where Fido can attempt to impress Fifi with his stellar frisbee moves. A legit dog park is in the works, with the group behind the park moving forward with plans to transform the Macomb Playlot into a dog park. Detroit Dog Park is poised to be the first no-leash-required dog park in the city. The park stands in the shadows of the iconic Michigan Central Station, situated on a .75-acre piece of land. The people behind the Detroit Dog Park are a group of animal-loving go-getters who jumped through the necessary hurdles to complete the project. The park hasn’t had its grand opening celebration yet, so until then, join in at the fun at Tiger Field.

Hawthorne Ridge Dog Park
Hines Park Recreation Area
Hines Drive
Westland, MI 48185
(734) 261-1990
www.waynecounty.com

The Hines Parkway is an expansive space dedicated to recreation and leisure in a natural setting. Bring your pooch with you to explore the landscape. Fifteen miles of grassy hillsides and woods await, with many ways to enjoy the outdoors with man’s best friend. Take a walk alongside the Rouge River, throw a frisbee in one of the many open fields, trek through the trees and more. The Hawthorne Ridge section of the park is home to a three-acre fenced-in dog area where vaccinated and licensed dogs can run around to their hearts’ content. There is a fee to enter the Hawthorne Ridge Dog Park section only, the other areas of the park are free.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.
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