Harley Dude of Bradenton
Bob & Judy Gillett of Deland.
Judy, is a director with
Help Animals Inc..
Update of 06/10: We have been advised that Manatee County has plans for another dog park. It will be located in the State Road 70 and Creekwood area and is scheduled to open in 2011.
1. Happy Trails Canine Park
Located on 51st St. West at G.T. Bray Park, about half way between Manatee Avenue and Cortez Rd. This is a three-acre off leash dog park. Hours: dawn to dusk. Features an 8-ft. fence, benches, tables, handicap parking, free waste bags, trees, parking, restrooms (a short walk outside park,) water and trash cans. Has a separate area for small, young or fragile dogs and a separate doggie "time out" area for rowdy dogs.
2. DeSota National Monument Park
Well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted in this park as long as dog guardians are responsible for poop scooping.
"It has a wonderful walking trail that allows pets. It winds through grassy areas, ocean view, wooded areas, beach area and sidewalked areas. There are plenty of doggie stations that supply bags and refuse cans. Parking can be somewhat of a problem at times."
3. Snead Island
One of our readers tells us they walk their dog at Emerson Point in the Palmetto area (Snead Island.) They said there are trails, off road and beach area. Directions: Take 41 to 10th Ave, go west to approx. 4500 (after you cross over the bridge/marinas,)then you'll see signs to turn right and then left again onto the point.
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