Cary, NC — If you’re searching for a great dog park in Cary for your pup to play, run and socialize off-leash, look no further.
Local dog moms and dads have access to two dog parks, Robert V. Godbold Park in central Cary and Jack Smith Park in southern Cary. Though, because of the park’s upkeep costs and Town-enforced safety guidelines, a membership card is required for entry.
Each of the parks have separate areas for large and small dogs with daily hours of 7 AM-10 PM with no entries after 9 PM.
Robert V. Godbold Park
Starting with the dog park at Godbold Park, this spot is approximately one acre in size located near the corner of Maynard and Chapel Hill Road. There are several benches, a covered picnic table area and a handy doggy bowl fountain that local owners use to freshen up with refills as needed.
Jack Smith Park
The second dog park in on the southern outskirts of Cary. The plus side is that it is roughly double the size at approximately two acres, located at 9725 Penny Road near it’s intersection with Holly Springs Road.
Just like Robert V. Godbold, this park also features five-foot high chain link fencing with a paved entrance and electronic gate. The small and large dog areas are lighted in the evenings and have wood chips for ground cover.
Something to keep in mind when planning a trip to either dog parks is they are routinely closed for maintenance on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 AM-noon.
Annual Membership & Day-Only Passes
As a measure to keep dogs safe, owners must upload a rabies vaccination record and pay a fee to receive a membership card or day pass to get by the electronic gates at both parks. These fees are:
Single dog: $40 Cary resident / $80 non-resident
Multi-dog: $60 Cary resident / $120 non-resident
Owners can complete and sign the Cary Dog Park Registration Form and Rabies Verification online. Staff from Cary’s Parks & Rec Department then follow-up with further instructions and payment, then passes will be delivered in the mail shortly after. This process takes an average of 3-5 days.
The dog park card access system allows the Town to:
- Require proof of vaccinations for the health and safety of humans and dogs
- Offset operating costs through memberships and fees
- Track usage to plan for the future
- Promote registration of dogs within Cary
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Story and photos by Ashley Kairis.
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