The 10 Happiest Dog Parks in Kansas City
Run. Swim. Chase. Bark. Wag. Repeat
1. Bar K Dog Bar
Pups and their favorite people share top billing at this two-paws-up venue — the ultimate in dog park fun. Open seven days a week, Bar K is a dog park, restaurant, bar and coffeehouse. The 2-acre, off-leash dog park includes separate areas for large and small dogs, and Bar K’s youngest guests can romp and roll together at the Puppies’ Pub.
Designed for year-round enjoyment, Bar K is prepared for all kinds of weather with heaters, fans, water, shade and shelter. The popular restaurant serves nutritious, affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner for both people and dogs. For you: a grilled chicken bowl. For your best four-legged friend: Purina chicken risotto. Activities such as dog-friendly yoga, runs with the running club, pet adoption events and live concerts fill up Bar K’s monthly calendar.
Bar K Dog Bar is a membership club for people and their dogs. Anyone without a dog is welcome to enter for free, but to bring your dog, you must either be a Bar K member or purchase a guest pass. Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m, Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
501 Berkley, Kansas City, MO | barkdogbar.com
2. Dogwood Dog Park
A dog agility course? Check. Puppy splash pad? Check. Large- and small-dog areas? Check. Paved trail loop? Check.
A great place for both dogs and people to make new friends, Dogwood Dog Park has gained a reputation as not only a cheerful meet-and-greet spot but also an ideal place for two- and four-legged visitors to exercise.
Fully enclosed, this fun, 5-acre dog park features a top-notch dog agility course and an asphalt walking trail that loops the separate small- and large-dog play areas. A splash pad and a small creek keeps water-loving dogs happy and cool. Hours: 6 a.m. – sunset.
51 NW Victoria Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO | cityofls.net
3. Blue Springs Dog Park
Nestled in a quiet woodland area, this popular dog park offers a fun, back-to-nature escape for pups and their people. In fact, reviewers frequently refer to Blue Springs Dog Park as the best in the metro because of its sanctuary-like setting. Conveniently located off Interstate 70, travelers road-tripping with their four-legged friends also love to stop here for quick play breaks.
Highly reviewed, this park features nearly 3 acres of fully enclosed play space with fenced areas for both small and large dogs. A fenced pond, the most popular spot at this fun-filled dog haven, gets two paws up from water-loving pups. It’s easily accessible from the play areas, and four-legged swimmers can splash in the pond and then clean up at the convenient pup wash. An agility course, water fountains, benches and plenty of shade during warm weather round out the amenities at this well-designed and maintained dog park. Hours: 6 a.m. – midnight. (Dog park is not lighted.)
1049 NE 20th St., Blue Springs, MO | bluespringsgov.com
4. Heritage Park Dog Park
Heritage Dog Park is nothing short of a pup paradise.
With 30 acres of fenced space to run, swim and play, this dog park draws fervent fans from around the region. Dogs that thrive on a full-tilt chase with Frisbees and fellowfour-legged friends love the wide-open, sweeping terrain. For canines that favor a little hide-and-seek with their park, there’s a tallgrass area for sleuthing and exploring.
A renovated farm pond welcomes water-loving dogs to swim, splash and quench their thirst. Gravel and paved trails invite off-leash walks and runs for both pups and their people. For those hard-playing pups that need a cooldown, water fountains and plenty of mature shade trees are on standby. A handicap-accessible parking lot, benches and solar-heated restrooms (open all year) round out the human amenities at this popular spot. Nov. 1 – Feb. 28, 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
16050 S Pflumm Road, Olathe, KS | jcprd.com
5. Leawoof Dog Park
Since 2014, Leawoof Dog Park has been a popular pup and people destination for both tranquil respite and high-energy exercise. Visitors follow winding, tree-covered trails and wooden bridges to reach this beautiful and fun spot, which is nestled inside Leawood City Park.
A favorite across the metro, this 7-acre play haven is perfect for dogs of all sizes to meet, greet and have a great time. From morning to night, seven days a week, dogs rush to this picturesque spot to chase Frisbees, run the renowned agility course and make new friends. Mature trees and pavilions with shaded seating offer shelter from the hot weather for both two- and four-legged visitors.
For those who want to expand their horizons, miles of secluded walking trails for on-leash strolls are easily accessed from the 7-acre dog area. Water flows freely at Leawoof with water fountains for both dogs and their people, an adjacent creek and a new paw-wash station in the works. Hours: Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
10601 Lee Blvd., Leawood, KS | leawood.org
6. Shawnee Mission Dog Park
If your dog loves the beach vibe, head for this this sprawling 44-acre play area. There’s a beach and lake for water-loving pups as well as acres of wide-open grassy spaces that offer an open invitation to run, fetch and play. Pups and their favorite people can stroll (or run) around fence-enclosed, natural-surface trails through both grassland and wooded areas.
Located inside one of the region’s most celebrated park systems, Shawnee Mission Dog Park has become one of the most popular in the area. There are also miles of dog-friendly (on-leash) paved and unpaved trails that wind along the Shawnee Mission Park Lake and through its tranquil woods. During 2018, Johnson County Parks and Recreation completed improvements to make this great dog park even better. Now fully fence-enclosed, the park’s new features include an enlarged parking lot, an ADA-compliant paved trail all the way to the beach and additional park benches. Hours: Nov. 1 – Feb. 28, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
7900 Renner Road Shawnee, KS 66219 | jcprd.com
7. Tails and Trails Dog Park
Since opening in 2014, Grandview’s Tails and Trails Dog Park has gained a reputation as a friendly, neighborhood getaway for canines and their favorite people. Nestled against the backdrop of a secluded wooded sanctuary, Tails and Trails Dog Park is a 2.5-acre pup play space conveniently located near Interstate 49/U.S. Route 71 and 140th Street.
Like a Goldilocks story for dogs, small, medium and large pups each have their own fenced play area. When warm weather arrives, shaded benches and water fountains with attached bowls keep all visitors happy and cool. Thanks to a variety of agility and play equipment, four-legged fun-seekers can kick up their paws from morning to night. Hours: Nov. 1 – March 31, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
8005 E 139th St. Grandview, MO | grandview.org
8. Liberty Dog Park
A park with plenty of perks, Liberty Dog Park is a North Kansas City favorite. It has an agility course equipped with a ramp, tunnel and jumps; cool puppy pools in the hot summer; a water hydrant; fountains; and toys galore.
Well-maintained by Liberty Parks and Recreation, the fully enclosed 3-acre park includes play spaces for large and small breeds. Sheltered areas are available for owners who need a shade break on hot, sunny days. Located within Stocksdale Park, which includes notable forest and prairie conversation areas, the dog park features adjacent natural and paved trails that are easily accessible for scenic, on-leash walks. Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Dog park is not lighted.)
901 S La Frenz Road Liberty, MO | libertymissouri.gov
9. Waggin’ Trail Dog Park
A perfect escape for the city pup, Waggin’ Trail Dog Park is a delightful meet-up spot for dogs and their people. Wheelchair accessible, the nearly 5-acre urban oasis is fully fenced and features generous grassy spaces for both small and large dogs to romp to their heart’s content. Highlights at this friendly dog park include an agility course with ramps and tunnel runs and multi-level water fountains.
However, the favorite feature at this pup- and people-friendly destination is the paved, accessible walking path which circles the dog park’s perimeter. Hours: Open year-round, 6 a.m. – sunset.
432 E 32nd Ave., North Kansas City, MO | kcparks.org
10. West Terrace Dog Park
Opened in the summer of 2017, this picturesque oasis has already gained a reputation for its cheerful, welcoming atmosphere. Situated in the heart of downtown Kansas City, West Terrace features 1.5 acres of fully enclosed, well-maintained grassy space ideal for picnics and pup play. Amenities includes multi-level drinking fountains for dogs and benches and a shaded pavilion with picnic tables for their owners. Extra-wide cement steps simultaneously serve as people seating and makeshift obstacle courses for their four-legged friends. While dogs run the terraced hills, their best friends can take in the panoramic views of downtown Kansas City, particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset.
West Terrace is a members-only park operated by the Kansas City Parks and Rec department. Membership benefits include a secure, controlled entry, assurance that other members’ dogs are current on vaccinations, notifications and updates about park maintenance and invites to members-only “pawties.”
Introductory membership is $50 for one year, and dog owners do not have to be Kansas City, Missouri, residents to join. Hours: Open year-round, 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Park is not lighted, and a key toggle is required to enter the park.)
750 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO | kcparks.org