Area Dog Parks

Dog Parks

The Des Moines metro has many wonderful dog parks where your dog can run and play, and even meet a few friends! Be sure to follow city ordinances and park rules.

Altoona Dog Park

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset The park is located on SW 17th Avenue, south of SW 8th Street.

The park is approximately one acre of fenced, off-leash play area. Features include benches, the drinking fountain and a dog waste station.

Ankeny Dog Park

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset; The park is located at SW Goodwin and S. Ankeny Road, just north of Somersby Park.

The park is 7.5 acres and has a pond and trails. Permits are $25 for Ankeny residents and $35 for non-resident. Proof of dog license and current rabies vaccinations are required. Permits obtained through Ankeny Parks and Rec.

Des Moines Dog Park (Ewing)

Hours: Open year round, daily, 6:00 a.m. to sunset. Located at 4660 Indianola Avenue.

8.5 acre of fenced area for all dogs. One acre of fenced area for dogs 20 lbs or less. Sloped terrain with mature tree and a mix of tall and short grass. Shaded open air shelter. Permits required.

Des Moines Dog Park (Riverwalk)

Hours: Open year round, daily, 6:00 a.m. to sunset. Located at 1111 Illinois Street.

4 acres of fenced area for all dogs, On-street parking, 5’ ht. Architectural Fence, 2 ADA Parking Stalls, 2 Fenced Unleashing Areas, Dog Waste Station, Enclosed Portable Restroom, Picnic Tables, Easy access to nearby Riverwalk and trails. Permits required.

Indianola Off-Leash Dog Playground at Downey Park

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset; The park is located one mile south of the Warren County Fairgrounds at South K Street and West 17th Avenue.

The playground features fenced land for both small and large dogs, watering stations, waste receptacles and bag dispensers for clean up. A shelter and picnic tables are also available for park patrons. Annual permits are required and are $25 per dog. Proof of dog license and current rabies and parvo vaccinations are required. Permits obtained through Indianola Parks and Rec.

Raccoon River Dog Park

Hours: 6:30AM to Dusk; The park is located inside the Raccoon River Park at 2500 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines. The dog park is located just east of the softball complex.

The 10 acre park features a fenced in play area. It also has areas for both large and small dogs. Permits are $20 for West Des Moines residents and $40 for non-residents. Proceeds from the sale of permits provide funding to maintain and enhance the dog park.

Rover's Ranch in Runnells

Hours: Summer/Fall, sunrise to sunset; Winter/Spring, 7AM to 9PM; The park is located between Pleasant Hill and Runnells on 108th Street.

Rover's Ranch is a privately owned and operated off-leash membership dog park and training center. Membership covers all the dogs in your household and lets you use the dog park as often as you want. A seasonal membership to last three months is $65. A half-year membership is $100 and the full year is $160. Visit the website above for information on how to become a member.

Windsor Heights Dog Park

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset; The park is located south of Colby Park and I-235, adjacent to the trail and Budget Storage.

For rules and more information, please visit the website for Windsor Heights Parks above.