Dog parks in Pinellas County

There are some great parks in Pinellas County, but did you know there are a number of parks where dogs are welcome? In fact, there are seven parks in the county that provide fenced areas where unleashed dogs can frolic to their heart’s content.

border-collie-playing[1]And it gets better; there are some parks in the county that are not run by Pinellas County, but which are managed by municipalities. And some of those parks are very welcoming of dogs, as well. An example: North Anclote River Nature Park in Tarpon Springs. This park is near my home, and it welcomes dogs. It even provides free poop bags (and really hopes that you’ll use them); free dog-level watering stations for thirsty doggies; and even showers for overheated dogs.

Here are the Pinellas County parks that have dog areas for unleashed dogs:

As you might expect, there are a number of rules that the county insists upon. Here they are:

  • All dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the park.
  • Park closes at dusk.
  • Patrons use the dog park at their own risk.
  • Handlers are liable for any injury or damage caused by their dog (s).
  • Handlers are limited to three dogs.
  • Dogs shall be licensed and vaccinated with a tag on their collar at all times.
  • Dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Children under 12 are not permitted without a responsible adult.
  • Handlers must control their dogs and attend to them at all times.
  • Handlers must carry a leash with them at all times while in the park.
  • Handlers are responsible for picking up and disposing of their dog’s waste in designated receptacles.
  • No dogs under four months of age. Check with your veterinarian before introducing a new puppy to the dog park.
  • No aggressive dogs.
  • Handlers must stop their dogs from digging and are responsible for filling any holes their dogs make.
  • No excessive barking.
  • No bathing of dogs within the park.
  • No food or smoking within the fenced area.

The county suggests that you not walk barefoot in the fenced dog areas. I think that is great advice.



2B 2B 2G villa in Palm Harbor!

I’m excited about this listing because it is in one of my very favorite gated communities in North Pinellas County. I’ve sold quite a number of homes in Wescott Square over the years, and I hope to sell many more, including this one!

front3This one is a smaller unit, with a Great Room design, a roomy master bedroom and another smaller bedroom. It has two baths, an eat-in kitchen, and the large lanai has been enclosed and is now part of the total interior square footage, so its pretty roomy — 1,560 square feet in all!

Great rmThe back of the unit overlooks a scenic pond, which attracts some of those lovely Florida birds. On the other side of the pond is the community pool.There is a fireplace, a wet bar, and an inside laundry room. The garage connects to the unit via an enclosed breezeway.

This gorgeous home is just waiting for you to bring your own touches — fresh paint and new flooring, for example.

IMG_4754I’d love to show it to you, but hurry! Homes in Wescott Square don’t stay on the market very long.