Dog Off-Leash Parks

Dog Off-Leash Park

Saturday, June 17 -  Fun, Free Day!

Madison Parks in partnership with Dane County Parks is offering a PERMIT FREE DAY on Saturday, June 17. A dog permit is NOT required (a dog license is still required) to access specific dog park locations throughout the county, including Brittingham, Demetral, McCormick, Odana School, Quann, Sycamore, Walnut Grove and Warner off-leash dog parks and 26 on-leash, on path locations.


Madison Parks offers 8 off-leash dog exercise areas for dogs.  A Dog Park Permit, valid for one year and available after December 1 for the following year, and a dog license, available for purchase through the City Treasurer's Office, are required. A dog license is required and available after a rabies vaccination is administered by a veterinarian within 30 days after the dog reaches 4 months of age. Dogs under 5 months of age or without proper vaccinations, are therefore not licensed and are PROHIBITED in all off-leash dog parks.

The Dog Park Permit is good for the City of Madison off-leash dog parks and 26 on-leash parks, Dane County Parks (posted areas only), the City of Middleton and City of Sun Prairie pet exercise areas. Fees collected by each agency are used to support their own dog exercise areas.

2017 WALNUT GROVE DOG PARK NOTICE:  Tallgrass Restoration LLC is anticipated to be applying herbicide three times during 2017 at the Walnut Grove dog park.  As a barrier, a construction fence will be in place and signs will be posted on the fence describing the activity. Dog park users are kindly asked to keep their pets from this area of the dog park. Questions regarding the plans for the park can be directed to: Kate Kane, Project Manager (608) 261-9671.
On July 13, 2016 the Board of Park Commissioners approved the Policy and Guidelines for Off-Leash Dog Park Service Area Standards within the Madison Park System with Attachment A. The Policy is intended to guide the Parks Division in planning new off-leash dog park (exercise) areas and to set standards for responding to requests for the creation of off-leash dog park (exercise) areas in the Madison Parks system. 

Important to note: Dogs are not allowed in any non-designated park, which includes children's play areas, beaches, athletic fields, conservation parks, or in any park building. During the winter dogs are not permitted on groomed cross-country ski trails. Additionally, dogs on-leash are allowed numerous parks throughout the city.

DOG PARK CLEANUP DAY
Join other dog-lovers and friends at this annual event, typically held the last Saturday in March.

  • Brittingham Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Brittingham Park
    Location: 326 S. Broom St.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No

    Notes: Please note, the off leash dog park is located in a fenced area at the corner of Broom Street and John Nolen Drive.
  • Demetral Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Demetral Park
    Location: 2297 Commercial Ave.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • McCormick Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: McCormick Park
    Location: 702 N. McCormick Ave.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • Odana School Park

    Park: Odana School Park
    Location: 678 S. Segoe Rd.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: No
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No

    Notes: Off-leash dog exercise area near Segoe and Whitney Way.
  • Quann Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Quann Park
    Location: 1802 Quann-Olin Pkwy.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: Yes
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • Sycamore Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Sycamore Park
    Location: 4517 Sycamore Ave.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: Yes
  • Walnut Grove Park

    Park: Walnut Grove Park
    Location: 202 N. Westfield Rd.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • Warner Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Warner Park
    Location: 2301 Sheridan Dr.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No