The Ankeny 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
If Ankeny residence, dogs must be licensed with the City
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. 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 Jan. 1- Dec. 31. A separate pass must be purchased for each dog.
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 for each cat or dog. Licenses may be purchased at City Hall, the Parks and Recreation Office. You must submit a current rabies certificate from your vet at the time of purchase.
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. The Ankeny Dog Park officially opened on Friday, September 17, 2010.