Note: Dogs are not permitted on area beaches.
As reflected by comments we receive from readers and from editorials we read in area media outlets, there is little to zero tolerance for dogs on public beaches in Brevard County, so beware. The Melbourne Beach Town Commission had once voted to discuss this issue, but tabled it. If you are a dog guardian who would like to walk your dog on the beach, you should contact elected officials to voice your support.
1. Sebastian Inlet State Park
Located at 9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in this park, but are allowed on the trails if leashed.
2. South Beach Community Park Dog Park
Located on Mullet Creek Road. Directions: From US-192 (Melbourne Causeway), go south on Miramir Avenue/SR-A1A 1.0 miles and the road becomes Oak Street/SR-A1A, continue 10.9 miles.
Note of 08-13-06: One of our readers tell us this park is still on the drawing table; it's been approved but there's no money to build it. Our reader says people interested in getting this dog park built should contact Brevard County Commissioners and ask them to include funding for all the proposed dog parks in the 2006 referendum, or else it could be a long time before they are built.
Wickham Park Dog Park
Several canine characters having fun at the
Wickham Park Dog Park
Located in Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive. This is the second off leash dog park in Brevard County; the other one is in Satellite Beach.
When you enter Wickham Park, turn to the right and follow the road around. The dog park is located on the right side of the road. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Offers a large (more than 25 pounds) and a small dog area, bags for clean up, benches and a water tap. Dogs must have a current rabies vaccine, animal license tag and wear a collar with ID.
Note of 11-05-11: A reader tells us she believes this park is no longer supervised. On a recent visit, she said the office was closed, no one signed their dogs in and there was no fee. She was not sure of the conditions of the two areas. Does anyone have any update info on this 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 Melbourne area, please contact FloridaPets.net.