1. Paw Park of Historic Sanford
Open since May, 2001, this is the Orlando area's first official off-leash dog park. Features include a small dog alternative play area, a time-out area, bag dispensers for disposal of dog waste, park benches, dog showers, self-watering bowls, historic lighting, and a community bulletin board (which includes information on dogs available for adoption from area shelters.) It is handicapped accessible, and has a double gate entrance for safety.
The park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, but is closed Tuesday mornings for maintenance. The Paw Park has become one of Central Florida's newest and most popular recreation areas for owners and their best friends -- their dogs. First time users are encouraged to read the rules on the site above for their safety as well as their dog's well-being before visiting the park. Location: 427 S. French Avenue, northern Orlando. We featured this park in the June issue of our eZine, the NewsPetter.
Reader Notes: A kind reader tells us,
"This is a great park! It is well maintained and enjoys many regulars visit each week."
This is not a dog park. It is a 1.2-mile paved walkway along the St. Johns River in Sanford, friendly to leashed dogs accompanied by their humans. Some of our readers said several shoppes around the RiverWalk are also friendly to leashed dogs, but it's best to ask before taking your dog inside any of them.
3. City Parks
The following are parks in the city's historic district where leashed dogs are welcome. We'd like to thank Mike Knipfer, one of the organizers of Paw Park of Historic Sanford, listed above, for the information about these parks:
a. Centennial Park
Located at 400 Park Avenue. Offers gazebo.
b. George Touhy Park
Also known as Elm Avenue Park. Located at 601 Elm Avenue. Offers benches and drinking fountains.
c. Fort Mellon Park
Located at 600 E First St. Offers picnic shelters, tables, drinking fountains and restrooms.
d. Park on Park
Located at 800 Park Avenue. Offers benches, drinking fountains and restrooms.
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 Sanford area, please contact FloridaPets.net.