Barks & Recreation

Dogs at the Beach

There are numerous opportunities to enjoy our parks with your dog, including enclosed, leash-free areas. Just remember to be safe, obey the rules, and respect the park and others.

Dog Park Etiquette (Petiquette)

  • Be mindful that during your visit to our parks, you and your pet may encounter wildlife. Therefore, we strongly suggest you maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times.
  • Dogs must remain leashed at all times when they are outside of the designated dog park/leash-free area as per city
    ordinance.
  • Dogs are not permitted to be unleashed in the parking lot in route to or from the park.
  • Dogs are not permitted on city beaches, unless it is a designated Dog Beach.
  • Dogs that bark persistently are a nuisance and will be removed from the premises.
  • All dogs and their owners must follow Dog Park and Leash-Free Area
    Rules and Regulations.

Dog Parks and Leash-Free Area Locations

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N. Ashley Drive
Closed for maintenance 10-11 am, every Tuesday and Friday.
Davis Islands
(Land & Beach)
1002 Severn Street
Gadsden Park
6901 S. MacDill Avenue


Giddens Park
5202 N. 12th Street
Herman Massey Park
1002 N Franklin St.
James Urbanski Dog Park
at Al Lopez Park

4810 N. Himes Avenue


Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
1001 N. Boulevard
Opening early 2018
New Tampa Rotary Dog Park
17301 Commerce Park Blvd.
Palma Ceia Park
2200 Marti Street

Picnic Island Park (Beach)
7409 Picnic Island Blvd.
Rowlett Park
2401 E. Yukon Street
Washington Street Park
118 N. 12th Street