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Unleash the hounds! You love your dog and your pup loves you back, especially on those days with unfettered freedom to roam. Lucky for you and your four-legged pal, there are plenty of Phoenix-area dog parks for Buster and Bailey to meet up for a Frisbee play date.

Dog parks offer great space for our canine comrades to run free, interact with other dogs and burn off energy. For the doting pet parent, it’s also a chance to meet other dog lovers, take in a little fresh air and maybe get in a little exercise – a win-win for all.

Keeping Rover in mind, take a look at 10 popular dog parks around the Valley.

Click here to see these dog parks on a map, plus dozens of other Valley attractions.

1. Steele Indian School Dog Park

Steele Indian School Dog Park
Photo by Art B/Yelp Reviewer

Paw-shaped pathways at this Central Phoenix location leave little question for what or whom this park was designed. The Steele Indian School Dog Park invites off-leash activity for both large and small dogs with separate play areas for each.

Doggy water fountains offer refreshments for pups during or after a big day of play. There are also shade trees and a few seats and tables for pet owners to relax.

Location: 300 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

2. PetSmart Dog Park at Washington Park

PetSmart Dog Park
Photo Credit: BringFido.com

One of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the Metro Phoenix-area, PetSmart Dog Park at Washington Park covers 2.5 acres. That offers plenty of room for dogs to roam.

The park includes watering stations, benches and “Mutt-mitt” dispensers to help curb pet pollution.

Location: 6655 N 23rd Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

3. RJ Dog Park at Pecos Park

RJ Dog Park at Pecos Park
Photo by Norm R./Yelp Reviewer

This fully-fenced dog park offers two grassy area divisions for small and large dogs. Both areas of the park contain shaded areas and water fountains to keep your fur baby cool on warmer days.

Visitors describe the park as spacious and like the fact that parking is plentiful. For full family outings, you will find an extensive play area, a community swimming pool and a skateboard park nearby.

Location: 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix (Ahwatukee)
Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

4. Chaparral Park in Scottsdale

Chaparral Park Off-Leash Area
Photo by Josh G./Yelp Reviewer

Chaparral Park’s off-leash area caters to both active and passive pets with separate sections for both. Sand pits and concrete structures allow active canines to climb and explore.

You will also find drinking areas for dogs and people, evening lighting, and plenty of benches for dog parents to sit and keep watch.

Location: 5401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

5. Sahuaro Ranch Dog Park in Glendale

Sahuaro Ranch ParkSmall dogs and their owners are frequent visitors to this park in Glendale that offers a few pieces of agility equipment for off-leash training and exercise.

Outside of its dog designated area, Sahuaro Ranch Park also invites visitors to roam the grounds, which is home to historic ranch buildings, soccer fields, a softball complex and a picnic area.

Location: 63rd Avenue and Mountain View Road, Glendale
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Tuesdays

6. Cosmo Dog Park in Gilbert

Cosmo Dog Park
Photo by April S./Yelp Reviewer

Fenced areas, dog washing stations and pet drinking fountains make the Cosmo Dog Park in Gilbert inviting for pets and pet owners alike.

The park also offers separate use areas for active and passive dogs, a few obstacle courses to run your pet through and a swimming area to cool off especially during the hot summer months.

Location: 2502 East Ray Road, Gilbert
Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

7. Paradise Valley Dog Park

Paradise Valley Dog Park
Paradise Valley Dog Park

Covering 2.4 acres of grass, Paradise Valley Dog Park boasts plenty of space for dogs to play.

This area also includes benches, ramadas and drinking fountains for dogs and their owners. Double-gated areas allow large and small dogs to run freely in their respective zones.

Location: 17642 N. 40th St., Phoenix
Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

8. Margaret T. Hance Park

Margaret T. Hance Dog Park
Photo by Todd R./Yelp Reviewer

Phoenix’s first downtown dog park, Margaret T. Hance Park combines the decorative and the practical for pets and pet owners. The park’s wrought-iron gates brings unique aesthetics to its dog-designated area.

Constructed on one acre of land, the park offers plenty of room for play for small and large dogs. In addition, enjoy the water fountains for pet parents and ground level drinking bowls for pooches.

Location: 323 W. Culver St., Phoenix
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

9. Rose Mofford Sports Complex Dog Park

Rose Mofford Sports Complex Dog Park
Photo by Morgan B./Yelp Reviewer

Marked by sports fields and an exercise circuit, the Rose Mofford Sports Complex near Metrocenter also features a designated play area for dogs and their owners.

Two double-gated areas, one for small dogs, another for larger dogs, offer room to run free. This family-friendly facility is also handicap-accessible.

Location: 9833 North 25th Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

10. Grover Basin Dog Park

Grovers Basin Dog Park
Photo by Caity S./Yelp Reviewer

Packed with amenities, this fully-fenced off-leash park covers 2.3 acres of grass. There are two separate areas for small and large dogs.

Shade trees, benches and cool running water make this a popular place for dogs and their owners, especially during summer months.

Location: 17445 N 20th St, Phoenix
Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

– Suzanne Wilson, Phoenix.org