Thankfully not every park in town has confusing ordinances about pets. There are several dog parks and beaches located throughout the area that provide the prime opportunity for you and your pup to relax and socialize together within an entirely pet-friendly zone, and maybe even make some new friends while you’re at it.
City of Pensacola:
In the city, pooches are welcome to explore all city parks when on a leash. Dogs are allowed off leash at dog parks within Bayview Park and Roger Scott Athletic Complex. Dog Park hours are dawn until dusk daily.
Roger Scott Athletic Complex
2130 Summit Blvd.
Dog Park located between the pool and the tennis center
Mallory and 20th Avenue
Dog Park and beach located on the south/20th Avenue side of the park by the Bayview Recreation Center
City of Gulf Breeze:
Situated on the Sound, the only sanctioned bark park in Gulf Breeze is located not far from the convergence of Pensacola Beach Parkway and Gulf Breeze Parkway.
Shoreline Park South
Located across from the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Drive
If you live or are looking to try a park outside of the city, the county maintains several. All county dog parks are open from sunrise to sunset.
Bill Dickson Park
3151 Fenceline Road
Lexington Terrace Dog Park
900 S. Old Corry Field Road
Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex
10370 Ashton Brosnaham Road
Pensacola Beach/Perdido Key:
As of March this year, the county and Santa Rosa Island Authority began allowing dogs on the beach on a trial basis at four locations. Things evidently went well at three of the parks. On Aug. 8, the Escambia County Commission voted to extend Dog Park hours to sunset to sunrise from Nov. 1 through Apr. 30 and 7 a.m. to sunset from May 1 through Oct. 31. The new schedule will go into effect on Sept. 3, the Tuesday after Labor Day. While Perdido Key Beach Access Three will close permanently on Sept. 3, Perdido’s River Road Park will remain open and will also go to the extended schedule.
Unlike other parks, dogs are required to be on a leash at the Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key parks. Until off-lease advocates can convince commissioners to vote for an off the leash policy, be sure to pack a lease for your canine friend(s) along with water, and maybe some doggie sunscreen for those pup noses.
Pensacola Beach Dog Park East
Located at the first parking lot past Portofino
Pensacola Beach Dog Park West
Located at the first parking lot past the last condos on the Gulf
Perdido Key River Road Park
14484 River Road