1. Friends of Fleet Peeples Park, Inc.
Note: The Winter Park City Commission voted 10-11-10 to charge a $75 yearly, per dog, user permit fee for use of this dog park. This essentially closed a public dog park to the "general" public. FloridaPets.net noted here and on Twitter that it was worthwhile to keep in mind this park would then be supported by the city and those paying usery taxes/fees could request upgraded/augmented support and services and periodic accountability of those fees.
Well...guess what? On 4/12/11, Winter Park City Commissioners voted to repeal the yearly permit described above and this dog park is once again a free park, open to the public. Way to go, concerned residents - you took back your dog park! Residents from other areas where this is sort of thing might be attempted should take note.
Safety Note: Alligators and water moccasins have been sighted in Lake Baldwin. Use caution when visiting this park.
Photo of wash station at
Friends of Fleet Peeples Park,
taken by the reader who provided comments below.
This park is located on South Lakemont Avenue, south of Aloma on Lake Baldwin. Open Monday through Friday, dawn- 8 p.m.; weekends dawn to 11 a.m. off-leash, then on-leash until 4 p.m., then off-leash again after 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. One of our readers tells us there are no leash requirements on weekends. (This park seems to change leash requirements frequently, so be prepared to leash your dog when visiting.) The park offers fenced area, benches, tables, handicap access, poop bags, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash, lights, shelter, pavillions with grills, lake and boat ramp.
The reader who took the above photograph said their family really liked this park. "We visit almost every weekend. It is a lot of fun, lot of space to run, a nice trail through the woods (especially loved by our beagle-hound mix, and other hunting dogs). Sometimes there are large dogs that can get a bit too excited, but that's ok, as long as their owners are nearby. The human amenities are also helpful (picnic areas, bathrooms.) The downside was always the amount of dirt that our dogs (and others) collect while at the park. It was somewhat difficult to wash them there. Yes, there were hoses provided, but smaller dogs were washed on one of the picnic tables, and large dogs were washed on grass (which defeated the purpose of washing). BUT NOW, the lovely people at the park addressed this issue and provided a wash station!"
2. F.L.O.P. (Friends of Leash Optional Parks)
This group is working with the City of Winter Springs to open a temporary dog park near the intersection of Tuskawilla Rd and SR 434. It is hoped the temporary site will be open by fall of this year. The group's goal is to have a permanent site designated for a Paw Park within Seminole County's "Jetta Point" property near SR 417 & SR 434. They are looking for support.
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 Winter Park area, please contact FloridaPets.net.