County opens Dog-Friendly Park at Chapman Field Park

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has opened a new Dog-Friendly Park for leashed dogs at Chapman Field Park, 13601 Deering Bay Dr. in Coral Gables.

The nine-acre site spans from the entrance at the canoe launch to the openfield area within the turn-around at the eastern edge of the property. The site contains “doggie-bag” dispensers and trash cans, as well as signs to remind visitors of proper park etiquette, leash and dog waste laws.

“As a dog owner, this new park for our four-legged friends adds a valuable amenity to our community and enhances our recreational appeal,” said Miami- Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“I am very excited about this new park improvement. This is a quality of life addition for people with dogs in this neighborhood. They now have an opportunity to take daily walks together, in a peaceful park setting,” said Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez.

“Park spaces like this are great for residents who enjoy being outdoors with their canine companions. We encourage them to make regular visits to this park,” said Miami-Dade County Parks director Jack Kardys.

The project cost was $25,119 and was funded by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program.

The 566-acre-waterfront park also features 350 acres of pristine mangrove forest, a canoe launch and three lighted ball fields.

For directions to Chapman Field Park, call 305-665-3837, or visit Miami-Dade Parks on the Web at

About Miami-Dade County Parks’ Dog Recreation Areas:

In 2007, Miami-Dade County developed a plan to construct several Dog or “Paw” Parks throughout the county, in response to community request for these facilities. To help dog lovers enjoy their fun-loving barking pets outdoors Miami- Dade Parks offers three different types of parks: Dog Friendly Parks for leashed dogs, and Dog Parks and Dog Run Parks where dogs can freely roam within a fenced-off area.

Dog owners now can stroll, run and play with their leashed dogs at 15 neighborhood Dog-Friendly Parks that provide bag dispensers and waste baskets for owners to clean up after their dogs. Miami-Dade County Parks’ Dog- Friendly Parks include: Acadia Park, Biscayne Shores and Gardens Park, Coral Villas Park, Chapman Field Park, Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, Highland Oaks Park, Kevin Broils Park, Kings Meadow Park, Military Trail Park, Olympic Park, Rockdale Park, San Jacinto Park, Snapper Creek Park, Spanish Lake Park, Tamiami Trail Park, and West Kendale Lakes Park.

Miami-Dade County Parks has five regional Dog Parks: Haulover Park, Tropical Park, Amelia Earhart Park, Greynolds Park and West Kendall District Park. There also are two Dog- Run Parks, at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park and Lago Mar Park, where dogs can freely run around unleashed in fenced, open fields.

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