K9 Acres large dog yard is now open! As the new grass continues to become established the yard will be closed as needed due to weather conditions.
Jones Park Off-Leash Dog Area Public Input
A public input session and survey gathered feedback from 250 individuals on needs for the new Jones Park Off-Leash Dog Area. This project will transform approximately 10 acres along the eastern edge of the former Jones Golf Course into a new city dog park with access from C Street SW, north of Tait Cummins Sports Complex. Final designs are being created with construction anticipated in 2024.
The project is expected to include a large dog zone, a small dog zone, a training yard with agility equipment, an area with a large existing pond, and a rentable zone for dog owners. Major design elements of the project include a new driveway connection from C Street SW, a new parking lot, lighting, fencing, shelters, trails, and landscaping. The dog park will be ADA-accessible and include water and electrical service and site furnishings.
Feedback was provided on the following concept designs:
1650 Cedar Bend Lane SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Cheyenne is located off Old River Road. The park consists of 13.8 acres of fenced canine recreation yards. The main yard includes walking trails, benches and a shelter as well as mowed and naturalized areas. The training yard is separately fenced for dog training and for preparing dogs socially for the main yard. The small dog yard allows smaller dogs to enjoy off-leash exercise in a more controlled environment. Amenities include water for owners and dogs. Waste receptacles and dog bag dispensers are scattered throughout the park.
K9Acres (near Gardner Golf Course)
5200 Golf Course Rd, Marion, IA
K9 Acres is located near Gardner Golf Course. It is an 11-acre fenced facility with three use areas. The largest is the Main Off-leash Yard which is approximately 8.1 acres in size, is fully grassed and includes a 0.3 mile walking trail, waste receptacles, trees and a small park storage building. Future amenities in this area include benches and small shelters. The second largest area is the Training Yard. It is 1.8 acres in size and is also fully grassed with trees. The purpose of the Training Yard is to provide an area to train dogs that are not yet fully socialized enough to use the Main Off-leash Area. It is also used for various training classes and events. The smallest area is the 1.1 acre Small Dog Yard. This grassy area with trees provides a space for smaller dogs to run without the danger of inadvertently being hurt by larger dogs in the Main Yard. The park entrance and the Main Yard have double-gated, split entry and exit areas. The two smaller yards currently have single gates with double-gated systems planned for the future. A graveled parking lot at the front entry to the park will accommodate up to 40 cars at a time with overflow parking available on both sides of the main driveway. A restroom, a non-potable water source for dogs and a dumpster (for park waste and garbage) are available at the entrance to the park. Waste receptacles and dog bag dispensers are scattered throughout the park.
Dog Park Rules
At all times...
- Owners must carry Dog Park Permit (in print or electronic) and have rabies tag on dog's collar. Fines will be the same as at-large dogs in other parks.
- Owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their dog(s) and must be within the dog park and supervising their dog(s).
- Owners must carry leashes.
- Limit two dogs per adult handler or owner.
- Children under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
- Owners are expected to offer compensation and repair as needed (fights, digging, etc).
At all times...
- Dogs must be leashed while entering (until cleared 2nd gate) and exiting the park.
- Dogs should be off leash in the Training, Small Dog or Main Yards.
- Dogs in Small Dog Yard should be less than 15 inches at the shoulder.
- Dogs in Main Yard must be under voice control (reliable recall) and in sight.
- Dogs involved in an incident should be leashed and removed immediately.
At all times...
- Aggressive dogs
- Collars with prongs, chokes or studs
- Dogs in heat
- Glass containers
- Human food (except beverages)
- Puppies (under 3 months)
- Wheels (except wheelchairs & strollers)
Report an Incident
- If your dog is involved in an unpleasant experience (no injury) with another dog or person please remove them from the park for the day.
- If your dog bites another person (causing injury) it will be reported to Animal Control, 319-286-5993, and will be subject to City policies regarding the issue.
- For enforcement of Park Rules & Policies please contact the Police at 319-286-5491.
- For park maintenance issues please contact Parks & Recreation at 319-286-5566.
Visit K9COLA, our off-leash dog parks partner for more information about the parks and activities held there.