On April 5, 2019, the City of Waukee will open a brand new dog park. The Trailside Dog Park will be the first of its kind in the Waukee area and will be available to both residents and non-residents of the city.

“This has been a project that has been requested from our residents for several years,” Waukee Parks and Recreation Director Matt Jermier said.

The Waukee City Council identified creating a dog park as a priority project back in 2016. In order to open the new park, Waukee first had to evaluate land owned by the city. From there, the City determined the best location for the park based on both the pet owners and the dogs needs.

“The location is perfect because of its close proximity to the heart of the Warrior Trail,” Jermier said.

The four acre park is located at 590 SE Brick Drive. Jermier noted that with the addition of the new pedestrian underpass, the ability to walk to the dog park will be much easier. He also noted that the long linear space is ideal for a dog park and will allow dogs more room to run.

The Trailside Dog Park also includes public restrooms, over 20 parking stalls, separated areas for large and small dogs, a drinking fountain and dog waste stations. In addition, the park features a connection to the nearby trail.

In order to use the dog park, Waukee residents must license all dogs with the City before applying for a $25 pass. Those who are non-residents wishing to use the park will need to purchase a non-resident park pass for $45. However, for non-residents, a Waukee pet license is not required.

Park passes can be purchased by visiting www.Waukee.org/resgistration. Dog handlers will need to provide vaccination documents for Rabies and Distemper for each dog and passes are not permitted to puppies under 16 weeks old or handlers under 16 years old.

While there is no limitation on the number of dogs permitted in the park at one time, once entering the park, handlers are only allowed to bring a maximum of two dogs.

“We have a lot of rules for the dog park. The biggest rule is that all dogs who enter the dog park will have to have a Trailside Dog Park Pass,” Jermier said.

In addition, Waukee Parks and Recreation is also seeking volunteers for Trailside Ambassadors. These ambassadors will be responsible for facilitating a safe and enjoyable environment along with checking permits. Ambassadors must be 18 years or older. While orientation will be required for all ambassadors, dog obedience training is not required.

The Trailside Dog Park will officially open after the ribbon cutting event at 5:30 p.m. on April 5, with the hours of 7 a.m. to sunset. In honor of the upcoming ribbon cutting, the City also hosted two contests leading up to the event; A First in the Park Contest and a Dog Photo Submission Contest.