Fresno has landed in the Top 50 of a new list of the best dog park cities in the United States. But, digging a little deeper into the investigation, we discover that the news is not all “legs”.
According to a report from the LawnStarter lawn care website, Fresno ranked No. 36 on the “Best of” list of 97 cities with dog parks across the country.
That puts Fresno near the middle of the pack overall, with a score of 57.3 based on factors such as number of dog parks per 100,000 population, average dog park quality scores and climatic factors. local.
Unsurprisingly, California cities have conducted the climate metric survey, with San Diego, Anaheim, San Francisco and Sacramento among the Top 15. While not “off the chain,” Fresno’s climate rating suitable for dogs ranked No. 18. on the list.
But the city’s dog park quality rank earned it a bit of a scolding, with Fresno squeaking a single spot from the bottom at No. 96 – just ahead of Laredo, TX.
How do other cities in California and the United States rank?
The best quality dog parks were in Buffalo, NY, which ranked first, and Corpus Christi, TX, at second place in that metric.
Most of the dog parks in both cities have extensive facilities offering picturesque views near beautiful beaches for the enjoyment of pet parents. However, the top ranking for the quality of their parks could be due to design and cleanliness. Several parks in Buffalo offer gravel trails on the ground, while another dog park offers a clay base area to help keep Fido clean.
San Francisco and Oakland ranked among the top dog park cities, ranking 1st and 2nd, respectively. Other towns in the valley ranked at the top of the overall list include Sacramento which lands in 15th place, Bakersfield which lands at No.22 and Stockton at No.27.
Yet several Southern California cities like San Diego and Chula Vista, which were high on the list for their enviable year-round climate, also scored poorly in terms of quality and access.
How did Fresno end up in 36th place?
These cities across the United States were rated by weighted metrics, such as the average monthly rainfall a city receives, the average monthly percentage of sunshine, the average number of very cold days, and the average number of very cold days. hot. Fresno’s overall score of 57.3 was based on its climate rating of 18, accessibility rating of 35, and rating of 96 for dog park quality, placing the city with an overall position of 36 out of 97 U.S. cities. .
For the most part, dog parks or neighborhood parks around Fresno appear to be free and accessible to the public. There are over 10 dog friendly parks to choose from and only the Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park at the local Valley Animal Center requires membership.
The paid membership park offers a whole list of amenities that a normal park would not offer, such as: a key card for parking, separate runs for dogs under 25 pounds and over 26 pounds, a 2000 gallon canine paddling pool especially for dogs, several water points that are filled with fresh water daily, a canine agility course with a variety of obstacles, toys of all kinds and bag dispensers for doggies throughout the park.
“Our membership-based Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park is different from other Central Valley Dog Parks,” said Alisia Sanchez, Marketing Director of Valley Animal Center. The dog park gives pet owners the opportunity to exercise and socialize their pets any day of the week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and they feel safe knowing that all members canines have met the same requirements, and it truly is a fun time for all parties involved to see their pets run so freely, and it brings so much joy to pet owners.
To join the membership-based fee park, canine applicants must be at least six months old, provide up-to-date vaccination records, be sterilized and pass a temperament test. Parents of animals must sign a liability waiver and confirm their understanding of the park rules.
The monthly fee for the Valley Animal Center Dog Park is $ 10, while the annual fee is $ 100.
Dog parks in Fresno open to the public
Facilities at the Fresno Public Dog Park include a fenced area at Woodward Park providing space for small and large dogs as well as a ‘first meet’ place to test your pooch’s temper with other doggos. They also have several walking or running trails, perfect for taking your puppy with you on a leash.
If you may be looking for more open spaces to take your dog, Basin AH1 Dog Park also offers a large open space with plenty of shaded areas for your dogs to run around and rest in during the hot summer months. .
How can Fresno improve the quality of its dog parks?
Fresno’s, Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department says it is planning improvements and improvements to local dog parks. The city has applied for grants to renovate two existing dog parks and build two new ones.
“There is currently a plan to relocate the dog park located at Roeding Park within the park to increase accessibility to shading and parking. We welcome all feedback and ideas from the community as we explore ways to create interactive park spaces for everyone to enjoy, ”said Sontaya Rose, city communications director.
Cinnamon Grooms, founder and CEO of nonprofit Tiny Paws Fresno, said she would be happy to see some additional amenities added to parks around Fresno. His organization holds events to get small dogs to play together while teaching them etiquette and behavioral skills.
She attended city council meetings to discuss changes to the Roeding Park Dog Park, where she was actively involved in sharing ideas on how to improve Fresno’s facilities.
“I think there should be more to offer and I would love to see more agility classes to keep dogs active and maybe small sprinklers to keep dogs cool,” Grooms said.
Find your dog park
For a list of all public dog parks in Fresno, click here.