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Ankeny Dog Park

The Ankeny Dog Park officially opened on Friday, September 17, 2010. One of only a handful in the state, the dog park is 7.5 acres that will allow dogs of all sizes to run freely in an entirely fenced in area. The park features a half acre pond, separate small and large dog areas and open green space for your dog to run.

The Ankeny Dog Park was funded through a public-private partnership between the City of Ankeny and the Ankeny Dog Park Task Force

Dog Park Policies 

FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY AND WELL-BEING

  • Each dog must have a valid Season Pass Tag attached to their collar and visible at all times
  • All dogs must have a current rabies vaccination certification
  • Zero Tolerance for Dog Waste – Handlers must pick up and dispose of their dog's waste
  • Gates must be kept closed at all times
  • Children under 10 years of age may not enter fenced area. Children 10 and over must be supervised at all times
  • Handler of a dog must be 18 years old
  • Maximum of two dogs per handler
  • This facility and parking lot are tobacco and alcohol free
  • No wheeled vehicles are allowed in the dog park unless used for a disability
  • No animals besides dogs are permitted in the dog park

FOR YOUR DOG'S SAFETY AND WELL-BEING

  • Dogs must be licensed with the City or other city of residence
  • Dogs must be over four months old
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash while entering and exiting the facility, must be off leash inside the park
  • Dogs should be within eyesight and under voice control at all times and never be left unattended
  • Always carry a leash within the facility, one per dog
  • Intact females may not attend the park during their heat cycle
  • No food or drink permitted – small training treats are allowed
  • A flat buckle collar is required. Pinch/prong/spike collars are not allowed
  • No digging, owner is responsible for filling holes as needed
  • Owners are responsible and liable for any damage caused by their dogs
  • Large Dog Area – Dogs must be over 15" at shoulder
  • Small Dog Area – Dogs must be under 15" at shoulder
  • Sick and lame dogs will not be permitted to use the park
  • Aggressive dogs will be asked to leave the park with owners

Displaying Your Dog Park Pass

All dogs using the Ankeny Dog Park must wear an annual permit tag on their collar while at the dog park. Dog Park Ambassadors will check for dog park passes and enforce rules at all times.

Passes are sold Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ankeny Parks & Recreation office, located in the Public Services building,  220 W First St. or City Hall, 410 W First St. or at both Ankeny Hy-Vee Customer Service Counters. You must bring a copy of your pet's current rabies vaccination certificate in order to purchase a pass. Dog Park Passes and City Pet Licenses are good from January 1-December 31. A separate pass must be purchased for each dog.

Pet Licensing

All resident season pass holders must also have their dogs licensed through the City. Pet licenses are required for all dogs and cats. The fee is $10.00 for each cat or dog. Licenses may be purchased at City Hall, the Parks and Recreation Office, or Ankeny HyVee store service counters. You must submit a current rabies certificate from your vet at the time of purchase.


RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT
Dog Park Pass $25 $35
City Pet License $10 N/A
Single Day Dog Park Pass $5 $5

Shipping & Handling
(if purchased at Hy-Vee stores)

$1/tag $1/tag

Fundraising

Expenses needed to operate the dog park are being off-set by pass sales. The park is a financially self-sufficient operation. To date, The City of Ankeny and Ankeny Dog Park Task Force have worked cooperatively to raise over $125,000 for the park.

However, there is a need to continue fundraising for capital projects. Fundraising is occurring for our next phase of projects for the dog park. These projects include: installation of the dog park shelter, pond aerator, trail loop within the large dog area of the dog park, and landscaping.

Benches can be purchased for $850 as part of the City of Ankeny's Memorial & Tribute Program.

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