Today Abbey and I visited the dog park at Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio. Abbey is my two year old Rhodesian Ridgeback who loves to go on new adventures. Seeing as how I also love to go on adventures, especially those which take place in nature, we make a fantastic team. Although it is possible to hike through the greenway from Lady Bird Johnson Park, which Abbey and I did, this article is simply about the dog park.
How To Get There
The dog park is located on the back side of Lady Bird Johnson Park along with the trailhead. You will find the entrance to the park just south of Wurzbach Pkwy off Nocagdoches Road. If heading south the entrance will be on your lefthand side. In order to get to the dog park you will need to follow the road which winds through the park. You will pass a playground, several sports fields and the pool. Many areas give the impression of driving through a parking lot, but keep heading toward the back side and you will find the dog park.
The entire park is open from 5am – 11pm. I did not see any gates on the way through the park. There are not many parking spaces, but if it gets crowded there are more spaces to be found outside the traffic circle. If you drive back as far as you can you will see a pavilion, the dog park and the trailhead. Like many dog parks, the space is split into two areas for dogs based on size. Each area has two gates for dogs to transition into and out of the park. The size of the park is about one acre, with the large park being much bigger than the other.
Things To Do
Usually dog play is the most popular thing to do at the dog park. However, Abbey was the only dog in the park at this time, so that option was off the table. We did arrive early in the morning, and many people may not be aware of the parks location. Hopefully this post will improve that a bit and get some more dogs out of the house.
The thing that stood out the most was the mud. The majority of the dog park was quite muddy and in need of a good resurfacing. The second thing of note was the amount of obstacles in the park. There are at least eight different obstacles in the large dog area. I couldn’t help thinking that this would be a great park to do some dog agility training, if it weren’t so muddy. However, the small dog park had only one obstacle. Sorry little guys. They’re probably more interested in running around anyway.
Each area also had a dog friendly water fountain and plenty of shade. As we walked to the back I noticed several piles near the only area that had some grass. Just because it’s not yet a popular dog park doesn’t mean your dogs droppings should be left where they lie. Take some more responsibility for your furry family members and clean up.
Lady Bird Johnson Dog Park in San Antonio is not as large as some parks, but it’s enough space for training, playing and exercise. The park would make an excellent space for having dog agility training as well. Abbey and I will have to return and make use of the various obstacles for future posts and videos. Hopefully the park will be cleaner on our next visit. No one enjoys cleaning mud or dog doings off their pups feet.
The dog park has a very sufficient amount of shade and drinking water to help keep your furry one cool. Seating is very limited within the dog park. However, there were tables and seats at the lighted pavilion next to the park. Camp Gladiator was setting up for something when we left. I wonder if they have dog based workout groups? That would be exciting! Be sure to visit Lady Bird Johnson’s nearest neighbor, McAllister Park which also has a very nice dog park of its own.
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