Alimagnet Dog Park
Permit: Encouraged but not required
Category: Dog Parks
In 2005, this suburban gem of a pup playland was voted one of the best dog parks in the nation by Dog Fancy magazine. It has a pond, a heated weather shelter, a special space for elderly or special needs dogs, and even a dog-washing station.
- Separate small dog area
- Separate special needs area
- Water source for swimming
- Waste bags/dispensers
- Night lights
June 12, 2016
The park is o.k. It doesn't appear that any of the owners of big dogs pick up after their dogs. There was a lot of poop! You have to watch your step! We were walking around the pond with our small dog when out of the pond came 2 big dogs that proceeded in knocking my husband to the ground. One of the owners asked if my husband was o.k. and quickly left. The other owner asked what happened and asked if it was their dog that did it. They gave a short apology and kept walking not once making sure their dog was with them which it wasn't. It kept hanging around us. It's not the park or the dogs that are the problem. The owners don't pick up after their dogs nor do they have them under control or even know where in the park their dog is.
July 30, 2014
The small dog park has been expanded and it is much nicer. Seems to be safe, secure and fun for the pups.
April 11, 2014
Love the park, but there is broken glass often from cars being broken into, which has really deterred me from going recently. I have seen police patrolling the lot, but it doesn't seem to help.
March 26, 2013
Good but not great. The park does not have a policy against intact dogs and they start lots of fights. I have two 8lb dogs and we only went in the big dog area once and that was it. Too many big, unaltered bully breed dogs running unattended by owners. I sometimes see toddlers running in the park unattended too and that is an accident waiting to happen! Can you imagine...my heart breaks just thinking about it. We stick to the small dog park but it should be expanded in size because it is smaller than my backyard! We still go for the doggie and people socialization but in mid-summer that little yard is stinky even with folks picking up poop.
December 9, 2012
I think the park is great. The problem I have with it, is there seems to be a lot of aggressive dogs at this park. I have taken my small dog to several of the dog parks around the Metro area and I have not had any issues. Out of the 12 times I have taken him here, he as been attached 4 times now. Twice by the same dog. Two of the times, the owner of the aggressive dog didn't do anything to get their dogs of mine. One of them just kept right on walking while talking to her friend and her doberman was attacking my dog. I was talking with another small dog owner the other day there and she said she has been experiencing the same things.
August 6, 2012
We've used both areas. The field behind the shelter in the big dog park is great for playing fetch. Our big dog loved that area when he wasn't in the water. Now we use the small dog area. I can't say enough about Alimagnet. We've taken our dogs to some areas that don't come near to measuring up to Alimagnet.
March 25, 2012
Nice park if you're looking to socialize with others. It has a large open shelter area and plenty of trash cans. The pond is the center of the park and is nice and big but can be green. There is a trail that goes around the pond but it's not really designed as a walking park. Thus, lots of people and dogs congregate in the shelter area.
August 1, 2011
Nice park, have spent a lot of time there and yes, my dogs swim in the pond within the off-leash fenced in area. There is a faucet outside to wash them afterwards. The people are great there and it is a nice walk. It is a short walk around though, which can get a bit boring if you go a lot.
July 20, 2011
While this park does have fancy amenities, everything else, including the patrons, left little to be desired. The pond is the center of the park with a trail around it. There is a small "field" area where the shelter is but it makes it hard to play fetch with your dog when that area is the popular gathering area. First trip there was our last.
July 17, 2011
What a fabulous dog park! It's tucked back behind the playing fields so if you are totally unfamiliar with the park, have patience and keep looking to the right - you will see it toward the very far end of the parking lot. When you walk in you will see a pond, follow the trail heading left from the entrance. If you don't want to swim, there's tons of run around room. The pond is pretty with ducks and egrets but yucky for swimming. Luckily, since we went specifically to swim, a kind passerby told us about the lake up the trail. There is no sign to point you to it. Head out the back entrance on the opposite side of the pond and follow the trail straight down. You will find a wonderful lake with a beach and a tiny dock for sitting and water clean enough to hop into with your dog. It is perfect for swimming with your dog or our favorite: water chuck it. This park is well worth the 25 minute drive from Highland Park. We will be buying a pass and plan to be very regular park patrons. Thank you for the fabulous recommendation, Sidewalk Dog!!!
July 11, 2011
This park has shelter for protection from the elements (including heaters for humans and heated dog bowls for pups).
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