Warren County Dog Park
Eastham Park Dog Park in Warren County: A Haven for Your Furry Friends
Nestled in the scenic Eastham Park of Warren County, the Dog Park sits where Luray Avenue meets the serene Shenandoah River in Front Royal. It's designed with every dog in mind:
- A 0.75-acre section specially tailored for smaller, older, or timid dogs.
- An expansive 1.90-acre space ensures larger dogs have ample room to frolic freely.
This dog-friendly haven was realized through the joint efforts of Warren County and the Warren County Dog Park Association (WCDPA). The WCDPA, a dedicated 501(c)(3) organization, was initiated by dog enthusiasts keen on fostering off-leash recreation in our community.
Join us and let your canine companion experience open-air joy!
Warren County Dog Park: Where Canine Companions Thrive
The introduction of the Dog Park in Warren County has been met with widespread enthusiasm. Its advantages are manifold:
- Freedom for Dogs: Offering off-leash socialization, it caters to canines of all sizes and ages, ensuring safe outdoor adventures.
- Support for Owners: It's an excellent exercise alternative, especially for elderly individuals who might struggle to walk dogs on a leash.
- Community Building: Research underscores that such facilities foster stronger connections among pet owners, boost overall fitness levels as people are more inclined to engage in physical activities with their pets, and advocate for responsible pet ownership.
Currently, the Dog Park is in its initial development phase. Exciting future enhancements, like agility equipment, are on the horizon. For those eager to contribute to its expansion, fundraising efforts are underway. Please reach out to WCDPA's President, Kelly Walker by email. You can also stay updated by following the WCDPA Facebook page.
Prioritizing Safety: To ensure an enjoyable experience for all, Warren County has established clear Dog Park Rules and Etiquette. These are displayed at the Dog Park's entrance and can also be accessed via the tabs above.
Join us and discover the joy of shared experiences with your furry friend!
Dog Park Rules for Safe and Harmonious Environment
The park is exclusively for dogs and their owners/handlers. No other animals or activities are permitted.
- Owners/handlers are accountable for any injuries caused by their dogs. All park users acknowledge and accept the risks associated with using the park.
- By using the park, you agree to release Warren County and its representatives from any claims related to injuries sustained in the park.
- Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated, healthy, and wear a collar or harness displaying their license and owner's information. Spike collars and choke chains are prohibited.
- Links: Warren County's Dog License Requirements and Costs | Warren County's Dog License Application
- Dogs should never be left unattended.
- Dogs should be leashed until inside the double-gated entry. Leashes should be removed between the gates.
- Owners/handlers are required to clean up after their dogs immediately.
- Any damage to the park by dogs or their owners/handlers must be repaired. Dogs are not allowed to dig, but if they do, the holes must be filled immediately.
- Owners/handlers should always have a leash on hand and keep their dogs in sight and under control.
- A maximum of three dogs per owner/handler is allowed.
- Aggressive dogs must be removed from the park immediately. Dogs with a history of aggression are not allowed.
- "Dangerous Dog" or "Intimidating Dog" as per County/Town Code are prohibited.
- Puppies under 4 months and female dogs in heat are not allowed.
- Only small or elderly dogs are permitted in the small dog area.
- Children below 9 are not allowed in the off-leash area. Those aged 9-15 must be with an adult. Handlers should be at least 16 years old.
- No food is allowed, except dog training treats. Drinks should be in non-glass containers. Smoking is prohibited in the off-leash area.
- Rule violators may be removed from the park and could face suspension of park privileges.
- For questions or to schedule events, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 540-635-1021.
- For emergencies, reach out to Animal Control at 540-635-4128.
- To access a PDF of the park rules, download it from the provided link.
- By adhering to these guidelines, we can ensure a safe and harmonious environment for all.
Park Etiquette: Ensuring a Safe and Enjoyable Experience for All
To enhance the safety and enjoyment of our park for everyone, please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Toys: Refrain from bringing your dog's favorite toy. Some dogs can be possessive, leading to potential conflicts.
- Barking: Limit excessive barking. It can trigger other dogs and escalate energy levels.
- Entrance Protocol: When using the double-gated transition area, ensure it's vacant before entering or exiting. This prevents both gates from being open simultaneously.
- Initial Entry: Upon entering, move away from the entrance swiftly. This disperses the group of welcoming dogs and prevents your dog from feeling trapped.
- Play Behavior: While playful wrestling is normal, monitor for signs of aggression. Dogs displaying overly aggressive behaviors should be removed for safety.
- Consideration: If your dog's play style makes others uneasy, kindly relocate to a different park area or consider revisiting at a different time.
- Children: Due to their natural reactions, small children and infants are not permitted in the dog park to prevent unintentional provocation of dogs.
- Vigilance: Actively monitor your dog to ensure a positive experience for both of you. Always adhere to the park's posted rules.
- Community Responsibility: Help uphold the park's standards. Safety and cleanliness are collective responsibilities.
- Additional Resources: For a detailed park etiquette guide, download the PDF.
- Contact: For further details or to organize a special event at the Dog Park, reach out to the Parks and Recreation team at 540-635-1021.
By following these guidelines, we can ensure a harmonious environment for all park visitors.