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Coeur d’Alene’s Top 3 Best Dog Parks to Visit

Today we’re going to go over the Pros & Con’s of Coeur d’Alene’s Top 3 Best Dog Parks to Visit. But first, why is it important we consider dog parks for our beloved furry friends?

Coeur d’Alene is well known for its vast outdoor sceneries and countless activities for you and your furry friend to explore and enjoy. 

Akira at McEuen Park in Downtown Coeur d'Alene

However, that’s not always an ideal option for you or your furry friend. Dogs are like humans and require socialization to thrive in life. 

Dog parks are a perfect solution to curing loneliness amongst our furry friends.

They are also a great alternative when regular walks around the neighborhood aren’t always an option.

Fortunately, over recent years recent additions have made Coeur d’Alene Dog Parks more abundant and accessible from varying parts of town.

In this post, we go over (what we feel is to be believed) as Coeur d’Alene’s Top 3 Best Dog Parks to go adventuring to with your best friend.

#3 Central Bark at Northshire Park

4 Dogs Enjoying at a Day at Central Bark CDA Dog Park
Dogs Enjoying at a Day at Central Bark at Northshire
Photo Credit: @azumi_minibullterrier on Instagram

This dog park located off Atlas Road in Coeur d’Alene used to serve at once as the area’s most extensive dog run. However, due to a recent real estate transaction, the park has been noticeably reduced in size.

Nowadays, Central Bark remains serving us as a more-then-adequate dog park. Boasting many of the standard amenities you’ve come to learn and expect from a real dog park.

Pros & Cons of Central Bark at Northshire Park

Pro: Despite Recent Reduction in Size, Central Bark Remains Sizable!

Despite recent downsizings of the available land to the dog park, this park remains a more than sufficient location for your furry friend to get some good running and playing in for the day!

Pro: Lots of Shade Ample at this Coeur d’Alene Dog Park, YES! Finally!

Unlike other dog parks in the area, Northshire Park isn’t anything new to our city!

This park is nestled in a bunch of age-old trees, and boasts a comfortable amount of sizable trees that promote shade during those hot and summer days!

Con: Traffic & Leaving is Rough in the Summer

This con could be a hit or miss for some. Being right off Atlas Road, this CDA dog park is convenient to get to but not quite so comfortable to get out. In the summer, traffic may make going left out of the neighborhood Northshire Park nests in a timely and challenging task. 

Con: Don’t Step in Hidden Poop, It’s Bad Sometimes at this CDA Dog Park

A pro of this park mixed what is definitely. Not. a. pro. This park, unlike others, offers a large aged grassy area for your furry ones to run around and play in. An excellent advantage for your furry friend! Though, an assumed risk is the danger brought to you by unresponsible pet owners. Dog poop.

Since this area is mostly healthy grass, and often muddy, dog poop left by unresponsible owners may be lingering about and ready to get all over your shoes. 

Our recommendation is to tread lightly during your visit to this CDA dog park and when playing with your beloved furry friend. Regardless, remember to have a great time with your beloved furry one!

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#2 Cherry Hill Dog Park

Coeur d'Alene's Top 3 Best Dog Parks to Visit
Photo Credit: @honey.thegoodgirl on Instagram

Our #2 choice of our Coeur d’Alene’s Top 3 Best Dog Parks to Visit list. The original to the area, and a worthy component to McEuen.

Cherry Hill is one of the area’s prized possessions, and widely known as the best place to go when it’s sledding time!

This dog park is conveniently located about 15 minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene, flaunting an ample variety of enjoyable activities for your whole family to enjoy!

Pros & Cons of Cherry Hill Dog Park

Pro: Also Featuring Large & Small Dog Runs

This CDA dog park offers large ample space for your furry friends to hang out, meet friends, and socialize with their peers. 

Whether your friend is a little small in size or a few a little big, there’s no real worry about size differences at this park. 

Pro: Adequate Amenities + Family Activities at Cherry Hill Park

Like most good Coeur d’Alene dog parks, this particular park prides itself on offering an adequate amount of readily available amenities.

Dog poop bags, ample size fenced areas, water fountains for your dog. Everything you’d need to ensure the visit for you and your furry friend is a good one!

Not only does this park got your dog covered, but it's also got the whole family covered! Cherry Hill serves as an in-town recreational retreat offering diverse activities for the entire family.

Enjoy 18-hole disc golf, practice on a well-groomed BMX track, maybe a playground for the little humans in your life, or possibly one of the park’s many sports courts.

Con: Limited Shade & Seating at Cherry Hill Coeur d’Alene Dog Park

A curse amongst Coeur d’Alene dog parks. The lack of proper shade and seating.

Despite extensive grounds, the trees planted aren’t yet old enough to provide an ample amount of shade to you or your furry friends, and the seating remains far and few. However, due to the nature of this park, the accommodation shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Though this Coeur d’Alene dog park remains relatively quiet and never all too-busy

Con: It Can Be Quiet and Lonely at Times

As one Coeur d’Alene’s dog parks that is an “off the beaten path” destination, the foot and paw traffic to this location can be a little scarce at times. Though this may be an advantage to you if you’re looking for a dog park that you can reliably trust being on the less busy side.

Get Directions to McEuen Dog Park

#1 McEuen Dog Park

Pup Exploring Dandelion Fields on Tubbs Hill adjacent to McEuen Dog Park
Photo Credit: @kattybergs on Instagram

Our personal favorite. Nestled on a corner of Tubbs Hill in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, and a more recent addition to the city, McEuen Dog Park serves as downtown’s best for getting some doggy social hour in at their new favorite Coeur d’Alene dog park.

The Pros & Cons of McEuen Dog Park

Pro: Located Downtown Coeur d’Alene, You Can’t Beat This Location!

Since this dog park located in one of the city’s busiest parks in the summer, there’s often a lot of foot and paw traffic coming in and out. 

Not only is this convenient for you, but it means your furry one is more likely to have someone to socialize with when they’re hanging out with you in the park. 

Pro: Enjoyable Experience with Amenities for You + Your Dog

McEuen Dog Park offers various amenities, and two separate dog runs to separate larger and smaller dogs.

Both of these dogs runs, you can expect to likely find convenient parking, poop bags available, and close access to all your favorite things downtown.

Maybe your furry friend isn’t feeling pooped out yet? Take them for a walk on Tubbs Hill and enjoy the scenic views of Lake Coeur d’Alene after your trip to this CDA dog park!

Con: Summer is HOT! Shade is Limited

Due to the nature of this spot, the summertime can end up getting a little dreadful if you stay for too long.

Despite being close to trees, on a summer day, you may find yourself and your pup getting exhausted much quicker.

Remember to stay hydrated! Fortunately, a dedicated dog fountain found in either dog run. A fountain for humans can be spotted nearby, close to the entrance of the nearby Tennisball court.

Con: Limited Seating Available for the Human Companions

On a busier day, you may find that your seating options here at limited. This lack of benches is likely due to a lack of additional funding sourced from sponsored contributions to the Coeur d’Alene dog park.

We wouldn't consider then a deterrent from giving this CDA dog park a try but rather something you should keep in consideration in the summertime when McEuen Park typically sees heavy traffic. 

Thoughts on McEuen Dog Park:

McEuen is hands down a top favorite of ours. We would highly recommend dedicating a day to you and your pup and making a visit down to this park.

Grab a cup of coffee up the street at Fine Brewed Cafe, or one of Coeur d’Alene many choices Downtown for a cup of joe before your trip to this CDA dog park.

Stroll through the park (but be sure to remain on the trails in McEuen.) 

Let your pup roam free in one of the dogs runs, meet some friends, and have a great time socializing. Consider ending your day out with a walk around Tubbs Hill or maybe a dip in the lake.

Get Directions to McEuen Dog Park

Is Your Dog Lonely Frequently? They could be socializing like in CDA Dog Parks!

Good Doggos Chilling outside Northwest Pet Resort in Downtown Coeur d'Alene after visiting CDA Dog Park
Good Doggos Chilling outside Northwest Pet Resort in Downtown Coeur d'Alene

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That concludes our Top 3 Best Dog Parks to Visit in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho! We hope you received some valuable insight from this article.

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