Phil Hardberger Dog Park in San Antonio

Phil Hardberger Park and its dog park are near NW Military HWY. This dog park is known as the one to the west, but could be considered the southern park because of Wurzbach PKWY. Hardberger Park has another dog park to the north, which is known as the eastern one.

Apparently, Hardberger’s Dog Park won the 2018 best dog park in San Antonio award. What made it stand out with so many other contenders in the city? Let’s take a look at what’s inside.

Abbey not only drank from the dog friendly fountain, but had to wash her feet with it as well.
Drinking water at Hardberger Dog Park

How to Get to Phil Hardberger Dog Park in San Antonio, TX

Address: 11672-000-0100, San Antonio, TX 78231

Dog park size: 1.5 acres

Hours of operation: Sunrise to sunset, daily

This dog park is easy to find and close to the main road. Simply enter the park from NW Military HWY, make the first right you can, and the dog park will be on your right side. Most people seem to prefer to park along the road, but there is adequate parking. There are several portable toilets between the playground and the dog park. If your pups get thirsty, dog friendly fountains can be found in several areas throughout the park.

Abbey uses the dog agility course at Phil Hardberger Park.
Dog agility at Hardberger Dog Park

Dog Park Amenities at Hardberger Park West

The 1.5 acre dog park contains two areas separating the little ones from the big ones. The large dog park appears bigger, and the total area feels larger than 1.5 acres. The large and small dogs enter through one single gate into a transition area. Once inside you must choose the section that pertains to your dogs size. Each section contains a dog friendly drinking fountain, various obstacles and a sufficient amount of playing space.

The amount of shade in each dog park is very good. There are many trees in various shapes and sizes which will help keep our furry family members cooler. There are also platforms and other obstacles dogs can use for agility. Ample space is available to fetch toys, or play chase-around-the-park. If dogs get bored with that, Hardberger Park also has several hiking trails. Each trail varies is shape, size and terrain, and will make for a great workout.

Abbey looks up at a squirrel in the trees at Phil Hardberger Park.
Wait, there are squirrels here?

Why is Hardberger Park the Best?

Hardberger Dog Park (West) is a great space for our four-legged friends. What makes it stand out from the rest? San Antonio Current claims it does, and has recognized it as the best in the city. However, their lackluster review does not indicate why it is any better. In fact, the amenities they listed are present at several other dog parks in San Antonio. Perhaps the fact that Hardberger Park has two dog parks gave it an advantage?

How can you award it the best in San Antonio by saying it has the same stuff as several other parks? Furthermore, the contenders did not even receive a review. Two other choices were simply listed by name. Did you know there are more than 11 dog parks in San Antonio? Have you reviewed each one? We have visited every dog park in San Antonio, and have found Hardberger park to be average.

The best dog park in San Antonio should not appear so muddy and full of weeds.
A blend of mulch and mud at Hardberger Park

Produce Your Strong Reasons

Two dog parks are great, but we disagree with San Antonio Current. McAllister Park, Tom Slick Park and Pearsall Park, each have an edge over Hardberger Dog Park. They are very alike in terms of amenities and the things you can do with your dog. However, the layouts and basic aesthetics are more appealing.

McAllister Dog Park is always clean and welcoming. The center focuses on the dogs, while allowing us humans to stick to an outer path if we aren’t engaged in play. There are three dog friendly fountains in the large dog area, which means less waiting for hot puppies. Tom Slick Park has water features, and Pearsall Park has the most green grass.

Hardberger park is nice, but each time we have visited it’s been a little on the muddy side. Plus, it needs some weeding. It’s so close this probably comes down to personal preference. What place has the best dog park in San Antonio, and why?

I’m a certified personal trainer in San Antonio. After adopting Abbey, I created Places for Pups to help you get outside, exercise with your dog and have fun doing it. We have mastered hiking in Texas Hill Country. Though we emerge from the woods unharmed, we are not responsible for you or your pets. You are solely responsible for trying exercises, or places discussed on this site. Grab the best hiking gear and go dog friendly.  I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.

David Earley


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