By Beth Castle
Every pup needs a place he can feel the wind in his fur. Luckily, Charlotteâ€™s area dog parksâ€”many of which are off-leash and fenced inâ€”offer hounds plenty of room to roam.
The largest is Davie Dog Park in South Parkâ€™s William R. Davie District Park. The 5-acre, fenced-in space divides large and small dogs into separate areas so no one gets trampled. (Hereâ€™s looking at you, Frenchie.) Owners relax on benches seated beneath tall trees while their pooches roam freely.
A busier, possibly less serene park is Barkingham Park in Reedy Creek Park. The 4-acre, University City site draws active breeds of all shapes and sizes. Like Davie, Barkingham divides them into fenced-in spaces based on weight class. Toys, plastic swimming pools and water stations are available, but here camaraderie is king and every hour is social hour.
If you want to keep things low key, though, stick to smaller space. Rayâ€™s Fetching Meadow in South Park is a 1-acre dog park in McAlpine Creek Park. Also off leash and fenced in, Rayâ€™s will give your mutt a little leg room before you hit the walking trailsâ€”just be sure to leash up for that portion of the outing.