Houston welcomes you and your dog to enjoy the vast amount of park space in the Bayou City. However, you are required to have your dog on a leash at all times. Our leash law is one of the tools that permit dogs and dog owners to visit a park without creating safety concerns, disturbing natural resources, or diminishing a park visit for those who are less comfortable around dogs.
Houston knows that most dogs love to run free and most dog owners would like to provide their pets with the opportunity to do so. The city maintains many dog parks for you and your four-legged friend(s) to enjoy.
* 4502 Dunlavy
Since 1994, Ervan Chew has been the first neighborhood park in Houston to allow dogs to legally run free, off-leash in a designated dog zone. The dog zone is located adjacent to the picnic area and swimming pool. It is a fenced-in space, approximately 9,000 square feet in size and is designed to allow dogs to exercise freely. The Ervan Chew Park dog zone was the first step in providing an area for off-leash dogs.
Amenities inlclude the double gated and fenced park, pick up bags, water fountain, and benches around large trees. The park is a small pocket park within a small neighborhood park that has a nice playground. Dawn-dusk; no children under 12.
Market Square Park
* 301 Milam St.
Nestled in Houston's Historic District, Market Square Park actually sits on the site of the original City Hall (and the three iterations that followed), providing a place for entertainment, dining, public art and green space. A large central lawn dominates the park, which is bordered by Congress, Travis, Preston and Milam streets. Surrounding the lawn is something for everyone.
For the four-legged set, there's a crescent-shaped dog run complete with a little water action, all set against a uniquely lit fence. Also on site is a Niko Niko's Greek restaurant, gardens and scheduled entertainment.
Maxey Bark Park:
* 601 Maxey Road
Maxey Park community park, with 12 to 13 acres of parkland as a place for dogs, features a fenced-in space for the dogs to exercise off-leash. Amenities include doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for large and small dogs, a doggie shower, a waste disposal station, and benches throughout the space.
Amenities include a large dog park with a human park next door, triple gated and fenced; pick up bags; large and small dog areas; water fountains; doggie cool off shower; large shade trees; benches; information kiosk; porta-potty; and a small parking lot. Open dawn to dusk.
Millie Bush Bark Park:
* 16756 Westheimer Parkway (West Houston near Hwy 6 and Westheimer)
Located in George Bush Park and named after former President Bush's dog, Millie Bush Bark park is thirteen acres. It is double gated and fenced and features pick up bags, large and small dog areas (with large and small fire hydrants in them!) in addition to doggie swimming ponds, water fountains, doggie showers, shade areas, benches, scattered trees, walking path, and parking lot. Picnic benches outside park. Restrooms close by, but not in the dog park. Open 7 days a week dawn to dusk.
The Officer Lucy Dog Park:
* 4337 Lafayette Park near Beechnut and NewCastle
Officer Lucy Dog Park is double gated and fenced with amenities including pick up bags, large dog and small dog areas, some shade in large dog area, water available. No children under 12 allowed.
Lucy Dog Park is a small neighborhood park intended for residents of the area. It is not easily visible from the street, has no signs, and the parking lot and entrance is actually off Edith Street, one block south of Lafayette.
Danny Jackson Dog Park:
* Just inside the loop and just South of 59 - under the power lines, on Westpark Drive between Loop 610 and Loop Central
The Danny Jackson Dog Park features swimming ponds, separate large and small dog area, shaded benches, a double gated entrance, poop pick up bag stations, walking path, fire hydrants, water drinking fountains, and trash cans. No children under 12 allowed.