These days, the benefits of taking your pup to a dog park are greater than ever. Not only is it excellent exercise and socialization time for canines and humans, but it's now an activity that's also a safe choice during the pandemic.
Be sure to adhere to dog park rules and only bring your dog if he or she enjoys the company of others. And for the love of clean soles, pick up your pup's poop.
Peruse this list of local dog parks to find the one that's best for you and your pooch:
Currie Park Dog Park
3535 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
Features a 10-acre space for large dogs and a 1.5-acre space for small dogs – both with easy access from the Oak Leaf Trail and the parkway.
Estabrook Park Dog Park
4400 N. Estabrook Dr.
Three-acre, fully fenced-in park with a separate small-dog area.
Granville Dog Exercise Area
11718 W. Good Hope Place
This 10-acre park is ideal for larger, adventurous dogs, who are comfortable exploring hills, fields, trails and the river. It is not fully fenced-in and is best suited for owners with voice control over their dogs.
Rover West Dog Park
3243 N. Weil St.
A fully fenced-in dog park in the Riverwest neighborhood with free street parking available along the perimeter of the park.
Runway Dog Park
1214 E. Rawson Ave., Oak Creek
Runway is Milwaukee’s largest off-leash dog park with 26 acres of fenced-in space. Also has a separate fenced-in area for small dogs, wood-chipped trails, covered pavilion with picnic tables and agility equipment.
Warnimont Park Dog Park
5400 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy
This 5-acre park is fully fenced in and offers wooded trails and a separate small-dog area.
For more information, go to Milwaukee County's dog park page.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.