Dogs love to socialize with other dogs. Luckily, Saratoga Springs has a number of dog parks where you can set up a date for four-legged buddies.
One of the best things about owning a home is having enough room to get the perfect pet-- for many people a dog is a top choice. Once you have that new pooch, however, it’s important to make sure that he or she gets a proper amount of exercise and social training. Dog parks, a place where dogs can play on and off leash, are excellent for this. Fortunately, there are plenty of these parks nearby Saratoga Springs. Here are some of our favorites.
Rt. 9 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Despite the name, this park has never officially been designated as a dog park by the state. However, just about everyone in the community knows it as a great place to take their dog. Currently, a campaign is underway to add fencing to the park in order to allow dogs to be off their leash.
30 Ray Road, Clifton Park, NY
Mary Jane Row requires dogs to have a permit in order to be off their leash, but plenty of pet owners say it is worth paying the small fee. This is a residents-only park. Dogs have a fenced-in area for play.
Kelly Park Dog Run
Ralph Street, Ballston Spa, New York
The area is actually part of a larger community park with picnic tables, a skating area, and a playground. The dog run allows owners to let their dogs off leash in an enclosed area. Owners should be aware, however, that there is very little oversight to control which dogs are allowed into the park. Play at your own risk.
This is a fenced off area located behind the ball fields of Blatnik Park. Dogs are allowed to be off their leash, but you must purchase a permit. Fortunately, the fee is small and money collected goes to maintain the park and keep it safe. The facility is open throughout the summer to dogs and their owners.
Sutherland's PetWorks, 1161 Dix Avenue, Hudson Falls, NY
Backyard is a members-only dog park and it has a lot of great features that might make you think about getting a membership. With 20,000 square feet for play, there’s plenty for you and your dog to do. Because membership is required for entry, the place is always clean, and the other dogs are friendly. Off-leash play is encouraged.
580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, New York
This is a free, public park that is open to everyone, including dogs. While it’s not officially a dog park, it is an area that is welcoming to everyone, including dogs. Your pet must be on a leash. At the Crossings it is possible to fly kites, take a walk, or have your dog play with your kids on the playground. This is a beautiful park, and a great place to spend a day.