Barkin’ Basin Dog Park

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First up: Barkin’ Basin Dog Park

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Open 7:00am to 10:00pm, Barkin’ Basin Dog Park is located at Alexander Rd. and Tenaya Way. The park is massive, coming in at nearly 8 acres. Bring your binoculars ‘cuz you may need them to spot your pooch and where they poop! Don’t fear though, the park is damn near impeccable and honestly nothing short of amazing.

Tons of seating for owners and lighting illuminates the park when the sun goes down. You’ll run into so many friendly dog owners that you will wonder if your’e dreaming. I swear it’s like everyone is from the Midwest or something.  Except for the fact that everyone I saw the last time I was there was in pretty good shape! Ha.

Three gated areas divide the park and proper signage alerts you to the different sizes of dogs allowed in each area.  Typically only two of the areas are open at one time.  One area is for small dogs and one area for large dogs.  Poop bags are on site, as well as bathrooms, water fountains, shaded areas, sitting areas, paths, playgrounds, and plenty of green grass.

The owners that I have encountered here during my many visits have been great.  I feel like everyone I’ve ran into at the park have been understanding and have shared the same philosophy as far as using the dog park.  While parks as large as Barkin’ Basin often struggle to stay clean, I feel that also falls upon the users and the dog owners.  You can’t expect those who maintain such a large dog park to be able to canvas the entire park for feces.  Upkeep, to a certain degree, must fall upon the dog owners.

From time to time, you’ll even encounter dog trainers working with client dogs at the park.  I feel that it’s fun to hang out on the sideline and observe the various training philosophies.  I’ve even picked up some free training tips during my time at Barkin’ Basin.

Something else that I should mention is that the park is seldom used during the weekdays.  If you like to reduce the overall number of distractions, while still having plenty of space for your canine companion, do yourself a favor and hit up the park mid-afternoon during the week.  I’m not certain if there is actual max capacity for the park, but in all my visits, I’ve never felt like space was at a premium.

Barkin’ Basin is definitely at the top of my list for dog parks.  Venture to the park yourself and you’ll probably share the same sentiment.  My only gripe is that parking can be a real pain during the weekend, but that’s to be expected I s’pose.  Honestly, the lack of parking really only becomes an issue during peak use days and times.

All in all, Barkin’ Basin is definitely worth a look.  Speaking of look, check out a few pictures of the park:

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