2022 DSM Dog Park Guide
In 2022, Des Moines was named one of the best cities for dog owners in the country by Policygenius due to its 41 parks, 1.9 dog parks, 88.3 trail miles, 25 pet-related businesses and 27 veterinarians per 100,000 residents.
With more than 69 million American households including a dog, according to the American Pet Products Association, finding ample green space and trusted veterinary care is important for pet owners. The green space in Greater Des Moines (DSM) is abundant for furry family members, while nearby restaurants and shopping options make visiting a local dog park convenient for their human companions.
Dog Parks in DSM
17th Street Dog Park
851 17th Ave. SW, Altoona
The 17th Avenue Dog Park is an acre in size. Nine-tenths of the acre is for larger dogs, while the remaining tenth of an acre is fenced for small and senior dogs. Puppies must be at least four months old to use the park. Owners must carry a leash at all times.
Nearby restaurants + shops: Claxon’s Smokehouse & Grill, Fireside Grille, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Outlets of Des Moines
Ankeny Dog Park
1155 SW Ankeny Road, Ankeny
Dogs have 7.5 acres to explore at the Ankeny Dog Park, with separate small and large dog areas. You must have an annual Dog Park Pass to visit. LEARN MORE>
Nearby restaurants + shops: Chicken Coop, Alohana Hawaiian Grill, The District at Prairie Trail
City of Des Moines Dog Parks
An annual dog permit is required for entry into Ewing, Reno Memorial and Riverwalk. The three dog parks are open year-round daily. LEARN MORE>
Nearby restaurants + shops: Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery, Captain Roy’s, Historic East Village, Mullets, Scooter’s Coffee, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab
Ewing Dog Park
4660 Indianola Ave., Des Moines
With 8.5 acres of fenced are for all dogs and one acre of fenced area for dogs 20 lbs or less, Ewing Dog Park is a great choice for dogs of all sizes.
Reno Memorial Dog Park
3325 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines
Reno Memorial Dog Park offers 4.2 acres of fenced area, a half-mile hard surface walking path and more.
Riverwalk Dog Park
1111 Illinois St., Des Moines
The Riverwalk Dog Park is located amid the Principal Riverwalk and other nearby trails. Dogs have four acres of fenced area and two fenced unleashing area.
255 NW Sunrise Dr., Waukee
Take part in programs and activities at Kinship Lois Park, where dogs can get exercise, develop a strong bong and receive basic training. The Dog Park is a half-acre and dogs are also allowed on the Kinship patio as long as they are leashed. LEARN MORE>
Nearby restaurants + shop: Central Standard Waukee, Fresh Mediterranean Express, Los Tres Amigos, Old Station Craft Meats
Paws & Pints – Coming This Summer!
6218 Willowmere Dr., Des Moines
Paws & Pints is a place for dogs and dog owners to relax and enjoy the dog park, grab snacks from the bar and coffeehouse, pick up the latest dog toys at The Bonetique and even get grooming, obedience and veterinary services. LEARN MORE>
Nearby restaurants + shops: Eggs and Jam, Historic Valley Junction, Jethro’s BBQ Southside, Shops at Roosevelt, Skip’s
Raccoon River Park
2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
At the Raccoon River Dog Park, dogs will enjoy 10 acres to run and play. A Dog Park Permit or Day Pass is required to use the facility, and a City Pet License is required in order to purchase an annual permit. A map of the park shows where the small and large dog areas are located. LEARN MORE>
Nearby restaurants + shops: Jordan Creek Town Center, The Chicken, The Hall, Valley West Mall
Windsor Heights Dog Park
6601 Center St., Windsor Heights
Located south of Colby Park, Windsor Heights Dog Park offers dogs a fun place to play. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the fenced area. LEARN MORE>
Nearby restaurants + shops: El Fogon, Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio, Maxie’s Restaurant & Lounge
Dog owners can also visit pet-friendly businesses recommended by the Animal Rescue League (ARL) here.
Named one of 10 Best Cities for High Salaries and Low Cost of Living in the Midwest and a Top 10 Place Where It’s Easiest to Save for Your First Home, Greater Des Moines (DSM) is a region where you can have it all. Learn more about what it’s like to live here.