1. Anclote Gulf Park Bark Park
Located at 2305 Baillies Bluff Road in Holiday. This off-leash park is open from dawn to dusk and is operated by the Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department. For info, call 727-834-3278 or 813-929-1260
"This is a nice park and while it's lacking in shade and seating, it tends to attract a very pleasant (and sometimes quite large) crowd, especially on the weekends."
"Great Bark Park with trees for shade for the critters and covered benches for the people. We visited Memorial Day and my beagle, Dusty had a blast. There are two pens, one for large dogs and one for small. A really nice educational display at the entrance explaining behavioral dog body language and what each gesture means. This park being on the Gulf, although not viewable from the Bark Park area, has a nice ocean breeze. I applaud Pasco County for a very lovely set up."
2. Key Vista Nature Park
Leashed dogs only. Located at 2700 Bailies Bluff Road, not far from the Anclote Gulf Park discussed in # 1 above. This park has over 103 acres. Open dawn to dusk. Offers picnic area, restrooms and nature trails.
"Dogs are allowed here on a leash and there is a small area of beach for them to play in the water. The park provides doggy doo bags as soon as you enter the trail. My dog loves this place and it has a beautiful lookout tower onto the Gulf of Mexico."
3. County Parks that allow "leashed" dogs:
According to Rosemary Lyons, Education Coordinator for Pasco County, "There are three parks in the county that allow 'on the leash' dogs: J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey, Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Shady Hills, and Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. These parks are located west, central and east.
"For the most up to date information about our parks, visit the county web site. Check the Parks and Recreation section for information about parks and dog parks. Check the Animal Services section for detailed information about leash laws, licensing and vaccination information. The telephone numbers for information about the county are 352-521-4274, 727-847-2411, 813-996-7341. Operators will connect you to the department that can answer your questions."
"New Port Richey is in the process of deciding where to build another [dog park] and needs to reconsider how to build a good one. Tarpon Springs, Anderson Park is a good example of a good dog park. We need to write the city to encourage them to build a larger size park."
To help with this effort, write to:
Director, Elaine Smith
City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department
6630 Van Buren Street,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
A helpful resource: What Makes a Good Dog Park.
NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks or beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities, in the Holiday/Pasco County area, please contact FloridaPets.net.