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 Dogs in Parks and at the Beach

 
 

 What is a paw park?

 

A paw park is a park for dogs. It is a facility set aside for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners.

Dog Beach

Brohard Beach Paw Park
1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice
Paw Park amenities:
  • Boardwalk to the dog-friendly public beach
  • Dogs are permitted in a restricted area along the beach
  • Drinking water for dogs
  • Penalty box for dogs that get too frisky
  • Separate fenced areas for small and large dogs
  • Waste disposal bags and trash cans
  • Benches
  • Covered picnic tables
  • Restrooms (port-a-potty)
 

 Scoop the Poop!

 
 
 

 Where can I take my dog to play and run off-leash?

 
17th Street Paw Park*
4570 17th St., Sarasota 
*Please note this Paw Park is closed on Tuesdays
from 5-11 a.m. for maintenance.
Paw Park amenities:
  • Drinking fountain for dogs
  • Separate fenced areas for small and large dogs
  • Waste disposal bags and trash cans
  • Benches
  • Covered picnic tables
  • Restrooms (port-a-potty)

Arlington Paw Park
2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota
Paw Park amenities: 

  • Drinking fountain for dogs
  • Separate fenced areas for small and large dogs
  • Waste disposal bags and trash cans
  • Benches
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
Lakeview Paw Park
7150 Lago St., Sarasota 
Paw Park amenities: 
  • Drinking fountain for dogs
  • Separate fenced areas for small and large dogs
  • Waste disposal bags and trash cans
  • Benches
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms 

Woodmere Paw Park
3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Sarasota
Paw Park amenities:

  • Drinking fountain for dogs
  • Separate fenced areas for small and large dogs
  • Waste disposal bags and trash cans
  • Benches
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Please note that service dogs are allowed at all parks and beaches.


     

     Sarasota County Code

     

    Chapter 14 of the Sarasota County Code of Ordinances requires the following:

    • All dogs must be registered and have current license tags and vaccinations (Sec. 14-38).
    • Dogs shall be leashed and not permitted to run at large (Sec. 14-41).
    • Dog owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings (Sec. 14-48).
    • It is a violation of the code for an owner to allow their dog to be a public nuisance (Sec. 14-39).
     

     Want to know more?

     
    For questions or more information about paw parks and dog-friendly parks, contact us at parksonline@scgov.net
     

     What is a dog-friendly park?

     
    A dog-friendly park is a place where dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times (maximum 6-foot-long leash) within designated areas.
     
     

     Where can I take my leashed dog?

     

    Arlington Park
    2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota
     
    Centennial Park
    1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
     
    Curry Creek Preserve
    1075 Albee Farm Road, Venice (west side) 
     
    Ken Thompson Park
    1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

     
    Lime Lake Park
    2020 N. Lime Ave., Sarasota
     
    Nathan Benderson
    2500 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota 

    Opsrey Junction Trailhead
    939 E. Bay St., Osprey

    Patriots Park
    800 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice
    (serves as trailhead for The Legacy Trail) 
     
    Phillippi Estate Park
    5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
     
    Red Bug Slough Preserve
    5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota
     
    Skip Stasko Park
    2101 Scenic Drive, Venice
    (serves as a trailhead for The Venetian Waterway Trail) 
     
    Sleeping Turtles Preserve North
    3462 Border Road, Venice (north side) 
     
    Stoneybrook Nature Trail
    Central Sarasota Parkway, Sarasota
    (serves as a trail head for The Legacy Trail) 
     
    Urfer Family Park
    4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota 
     
    The Legacy Trail
    The Venetian Waterway Park

    Dog-friendly parks and preserves

     

     Guidelines

     

    How to have a safe and pleasant experience with your dog:

    • All dogs at dog friendly parks must be kept on a hand-held, maximum 6-foot leash.
    • Under the physical control of a person at all times.
    • It is the responsibility of each dog owner to bring appropriate pet waste bags.
    • Pet waste must be picked up.
    • Dogs must be well-behaved at all times.
    • Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds, on beaches (with the exception of Brohard Beach Paw Park), fenced athletic fields or other designated play areas, off trails, in park buildings, or concession facilities.
    • Other non-dog friendly areas may also be identified within individual sites, and will be clearly marked.
    • Dogs may not be tied to trees, tables, shelter facilities, or other objects, even when the owner is present.
    • Enforcement is enhanced with signage, public education and
      citizen patrols. 
     
     

     Other Dog Friendly Opportunities

     
      
    City of North Port
    City of Sarasota
    City of Venice
    Town of Longboat Key
    Myakka State Forest
    Myakka River State Park
    Oscar Scherer State Park

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