Lowcountry dog park tour: Bee’s Landing dog park

Tucked away in the corner of the Bee’s Landing Recreation Complex (buried in a subdivision off Bee’s Ferry Road) is the City of Charleston’s newest dog park. To get there, go to the right of the recreation center building all the way to the back. Go to the right behind the baseball field and you’ll see the dog park. There currently aren’t any signs and only a worn dirt path to the dog park, but there are indications that a sidewalk or path is being built leading to the dog park. Otherwise it’s not at all obvious there’s even a dog park there.

The dog park is a pretty decent size, split into two sections, presumably for large and small dogs. The section on the right side is the larger of the two. There are lots of trees which should provide plenty of shade for hot weather. The trees will also keep things from drying out quickly after a rain so there is pretty good mud potential here.

There is only one water fountain located in the larger section, so people using the smaller section will have to either bring their own water, fill a water bowl from the fountain or bring their dogs into the larger section for water.

The trees kind of keep you from throwing a ball a really long distance, although if you throw too far you’re likely to end up throwing it out of the park anyway. The holes in the wire fence are also pretty large so any tennis balls thrown towards the fence have a high probability of going through.

There are large gates connecting the two sections of the dog park, and also connecting the larger section to a third area with a stream running through it. I don’t know if this third section is meant to be used by dogs. I presume the gates are meant to provide access for service vehicles, but there are no signs on them and they weren’t locked or anything (yet).

This dog park is a good addition to the West Ashley area and extends the dog-friendliness reach of the city.

See the rest of my pictures from the dog park here.

Here’s a Google Map to the dog park

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Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Wassamassaw Park Dog Park

Just inside the entrance to Summerville’s Wassamassaw Community Park are two fenced dog parks on either side of the road. The signs say that the one on the left (as you’re entering) is for big dogs (> 20 lbs) and the one on the right (as you’re entering) is for small dogs (< 20 lbs).

Both areas are roughly the same shape, long and rectangular, providing a good amount of room for long ball throws.

The park is pretty new (opened August 2008) so the grass is still largely intact, although there was a small muddy section near the middle that was probably started by a dog trying to dig something up. Looks like the park designers took drainage into account, as the ground slopes down toward a line along the middle of the park and towards a stormwater drain.

A muddy spot

A few trees provide some shade, and several benches are available for people to sit on in both dog areas. There are also a couple of poop bag and disposal stations in each dog area.

Poop bag station

One significant failing of the dog park is that there is only one water fountain, and it’s located outside the large dog area. That means if you want to water your dog, you’ll have to leash it, exit the park, get water and then go back in when you’re finished. Or you can just wait until you’re finished with the dog park and let your dog drink on your way out. Why the water was placed outside the dog area, I have no idea. I suspect the small dog area was put in as a bit of an afterthought, which would explain why there’s no water fountain for the small dog area.

Not sure what the dog population is like in Summerville, but I’m sure once more people find out about this dog park, it’ll be come very popular.

See the rest of the dog park photos here.

Here’s a Google Map to the dog park

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Lowcountry dog park tour: Park West dog park

Thanks to some misalignment in Google Maps, it took me a little bit of driving around Park West before I could find the dog park.

Located in the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Center in Park West, the dog park is a small fenced in area next to the tennis court. It’s dominated by the retention pond in the center of the park, so there’s not a lot of open field for dogs to run. However, if you’ve got a dog that loves water, that’s not really going to matter much.

There are plenty of tennis balls around for dogs to run around and fetch, although most of them are in the pond so they’ll need to be fished out.

One thing the dog park could use is a water hose to wash the pond water off the dogs when you’re finished. There’s also no water fountain for the dogs, so it’s probably a good idea to bring your own water and bowl.

More dog park photos.

Here’s a Google Map to the dog park.

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Lowcountry dog park tour: Isle of Palms Bark Park

The IOP Bark Park is a decently sized fenced in dog park located just behind the IOP Recreation Center, and so far is the only dog park that features a separate small dog area.

IOP Bark Park

The Bark Park isn’t very large, about the same size as Ackerman dog park. It’s fairly wide open though and offers a lot of room for dogs to run around. Benches provide plenty of places for people to sit, and several trees provide shady spots during hot weather.

The small dog area is a long narrow strip adjacent to the main dog park. There were no small dogs around when I was there, so I’m not sure how often it gets used. Looks like it would be a good place for people with smaller dogs that don’t want to risk them getting bowled over by bigger dogs. Most of the small dogs I’ve seen though play just fine with big dogs.

Small dog area

There’s no water fountain installed in the dog park, but a large bucket in each area provides water. The water comes from a hose running from the Rec center to the dog park. Filling the bucket requires walking out of the dog park over to the building to turn the water on.

Water bucket

There are a few sandy areas where dogs can plop down to relax, cool down or work out some of their digging urges.

See the rest of the IOP Bark Park photos.

A Google Map to the IOP Bark Park.

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Lowcountry dog park tour: Hazel Parker dog park

Located on the peninsula just a block or so down from Tradd and East Bay in Hazel Parker Playground (70 East Bay St), the dog park is a smallish rectangular fenced in gravel area with several benches strategically located underneath the trees provide a spot for people to sit and relax, and over in the corner is a water fountain.

Although the park is fairly long, it would still be pretty easy to throw a ball too far and out of the dog park, especially with the aid of a Chuck-it. The park would be very well suited for smaller dogs and dogs that aren’t that much into running around. People with more active dogs would probably find more satisfaction (as would their dogs) heading to one of the larger dog parks like the one at Hampton Park or James Island County Park.