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Colorado Springs ranks #25 in the nation when it comes to dog parks

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Colorado Springs has gone straight to the dogs. 

A recent survey conducted by the Trust for Public Land analyzed and ranked the top 100 largest cities in the United States. Results placed Colorado Springs in the top 25 cities in the nation when it comes to dog parks. 

"One of the great things about Colorado Springs is we love our four-legged friends," said Karen Palus, director of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services. 

According to the Pikes Peak Humane Society, there are over 48,000 licensed dogs inside El Paso county, the majority of those living in the Springs. Based on numbers provided by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, those dogs have the option of 225 licensed veterinarians practicing inside city limits.

On top of that, there's all those parks. 

"It's amazing, dogs need a place to run, and they don't get that often, right? This is phenomenal, this is a phenomenal place for dogs to run and get their energy out, and really it's a good place for me too," commented one park goer. 

Inside city limits there are six city dog parks, one county dog park, and several metro-district dog parks meaning there is no shortage of places for dogs to play. 

"So there are a lot of varieties and options for family members, those four-legged as well as two-legged, to get out and enjoy our parks," Palus continued. 

And those options service not just local dogs, but all those visitors and their dogs as well. 

"In fact, I would move here for this. Even if I didn't have a dog I'd come here, that's how great it is," said another park goer. 

According to Parks and Rec. there are plans for more dog parks in the future!

"We've been working on locations out on the west side and out on the east side to try to see where those gaps are and try to provide that," Palus said. 

Before you head out to any or all of those parks for a tail waggin' good time, best to keep these city rules in mind:

  • Dogs must be accompanied by a person at least 16 years of age when inside the enclosure.
  • Dogs must be on a leash until inside the enclosure.
  • No more than three dogs per person.
  • Dogs with a history of aggressive behavior must wear a muzzle.
  • Owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times.
  • Owners must pick up after their pets.
  • Dogs must be properly inoculated, licensed, and not in breeding condition in order the use facilities.
  • Pinch (prong) and spike collars must be removed prior to entering the enclosure. A basic flat buckle collar with license, rabies, and identification tags attached is recommended.

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