Southside Lions Dog Park in San Antonio

Calling all dogs of San Antonio, you are needed at Southside Lions Dog Park. We visited Southside Lions Park East to do some fishing, and noticed the dog park across the street, next to the Senior Center. Both the building and the dog park appear quite new, but there is only one problem. We entered this dog park, but there were no other dogs in sight.

Southside Lions Dog Park

How to Get to Southside Lions Dog Park in San Antonio, TX

Address: 3303 Pecan Valley Dr, San Antonio, TX 78210

Dog park size: About one quarter of an acre

Hours of operation: 6am – 11pm

Southside Lions Dog Park is on the southeast side of San Antonio, between I-10 and I-37. Whether you are coming from I-10 or I-37, use Pecan Valley Drive to find Southside Lions Dog Park.

In order to park at the dog park, you will need to pull into the Senior Center parking lot on the west side of the street. It may be difficult to see the dog park from the street, but it is on the south side of the Senior Center.

A view of the dog park from the parking lot.
The entrance to Southside Lions dog park

Take a Look Inside Southside Lions Park

This park is smaller than the average dog park in San Antonio. The park contains roughly a quarter acre of off-leash space, whereas several others contain 1.5 acres.

There appears to be just as much open space leading up to the dog park, if not more. That area could be used to double the size of the park. As we approached the gate we also noticed a large pile of droppings. Apparently, someone thought it did not need to be picked up if no one was around to see it.

Abbey enters the gate to the dog park.
The large dog area

There is a long sidewalk leading up to the gate. The transition area must be used by all dogs before they enter a specific area. The large dog area is at least twice the size of the small dog area. Each area contains a dog friendly fountain and is fairly well-shaded by older trees.

Unfortunately, there are no obstacles in the dog park. However, you could get creative and use some of the various trees for training. The dog park contains benches, but no tables for eating. The ground is in need of additional covering and quite dirty. Had it been wet outside, we would’ve ended up leaving the park with muddy feet.

The dog park is well shaded, but it contains no obstacles.

Visit This Dog Park Near Lions Lake

This dog park is in an area with access to several dog friendly places on the southeast side of San Antonio. It is across from a very popular, dog friendly fishing area, next to a Senior Center that still looks new. Although the dog park is small, it seems like a very nice place where dogs can have a great time.

We visited Southside Lions Park East prior to using the dog park. Afterwards we visited Martin Luther King Park which was also a pleasant surprise. Several San Antonio Missions are nearby to the west, as well as the southern stretch of the San Antonio Riverwalk.

South Side Lions Dog Park appears muddy and empty.
Come play at the dog park on the Southside

The South (East) Side is Dog Friendly Too

There is no shortage of dog friendly places in San Antonio. We found this dog park while visiting the south side. The parks in the area were quite a surprise because many of the residences are in need of work.

The dog park could use additional ground cover in order to prevent muddy feet. Other than that, it is a great place to bring your dog if you’re looking for dog parks in San Antonio.

Which reminds me, it needs more dogs. If you live on the south side of San Antonio, bring your dog out to Southside Lions Dog Park. Exercise and socialization aren’t only beneficial to us, they’re necessary for dogs too. Let’s get those dogs out of the house!

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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