Tom Slick Park is a Dog Friendly Splash

Tom Slick Park is a community park on the west side of San Antonio. This park is unique and dog friendly. If you visit this park, you are bound to make a few new furry friends. A few key things stand out and make this park unique in comparison to other San Antonio parks.

The area that leads into the park is great for dogs to play in the water.
The pond at Tom Slick Park

How to Get to Tom Slick Park in San Antonio, TX

Address: 7400 Texas 151 Access Rd, San Antonio, TX 78227

Hours of operation: 5am – 11pm

We entered the park from the State Highway 151 eastbound frontage road. However, there is also an access point on the other side of the park via Timbercreek Drive. That road runs through a subdivision and can be reached from Military Drive, or the frontage road from I-410.

Depending on what you would like to do, you may need to choose one point over the other. However, Tom Slick Park is not as big as it appears on the map, so don’t stress over where you should park. It is very easy to walk from one parking area to the other.

The loop trail around the pond at Tom Slick community park.
The walkway is paved

Tom Slick Park Amenities

  • Walk your dog around the pond
  • Fish for catfish in the pond
  • Bring your furry friend to the dog park
  • Workout at the exercise stations near the dog park
  • Bring your kids to the playground or sports fields to play ball

Things to Do at the Park

The dog park is only an acre, but it provides a great way for parents to meet, and allows pups to interact. Right in front of the dog park you will see an exercise area. Some parks have exercise stations, but the one at Tom Slick Park is covered, providing shade in the middle of the day. It is also a great way for parents to get some extra exercise while their pups are playing in the dog park.

Afterwards, take a short walk toward the wooded area and you will find a pond surrounded by a loop trail. The concrete trail is wide and easy to walk. The loop is less than one mile. We only tracked 2,299 steps, but you can always go through the loop more than once.

The exercise station in front of the dog park.
The exercise stations at Tom Slick Park

Reasons to Visit the Park

Tom Slick Park is a bit of a surprise. It’s definitely not large, but the size is not all that important. It has several nice features including a playground, ball field and outdoor basketball court. If you enjoy fishing, you may be able to catch catfish in the pond. There is a boat ramp, but the park page doesn’t specify whether the public is allowed to boat or not.

Walking around the pond is nice and easy. However, you may hear some noise pollution from the two highways and nearby subdivision. Even so, dogs have the option of playing in a park of their own, or near the pond. During our visit several dogs were enjoying the cool water on a warm morning.

The pond from behind the trees at Tom Slick Park in San Antonio.
A view of the pond through the trees

There are many opportunities to increase physical activity for pups and parents at Tom Slick Park. I noticed trash scattered around in the off-shoot trails next to the pond. This is not the fault of the park. However, it may say something about those who live in the area.

Take some responsibility and pick up after yourselves people. It’s good for you, and the environment. It also keeps our fabulous parks from looking like trash. Tom Slick Park is small, but it has much to offer those who desire a unique, dog friendly experience.

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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