Take some time this weekend to let your furry friends have a blast at one of these five reader-recommended puptasitc play areas in Johnson County. (But bring some hydration – it’s supposed to be on the warm side!)
Heritage Park Off-Leash Dog Area
A favorite of Post readers is the off-leash dog area at Heritage Parka Johnson County Recreation and Park District facility in Olathe.
“An all-time favorite dog park in an all-around great park,” wrote one reviewer, Kevin Glannon. “A pond, some trees, some nice open areas surrounded by a nice trail provide everything you want in a dog park.”
Owners can visit Heritage Park’s off-leash area at 16050 S. Pflumm Road from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. every weekday except Tuesday, when the area opens at 9 a.m.
Leawoof Dog Park
Grass-Wow! Get it?
Inside Leawood City Park at 106th Street and Lee Boulevard, Leawoof Dog Park is a reader-endorsed place to let your dogs run loose.
And apparently it’s the only dog park in the county with a designated area for smaller dogs.
Owners can enjoy the Leawoof Dog Park from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Thursday, which opens at 10 a.m.
Kill Creek Streamway Park Off-Leash Dog Area
Another off-leash area of the JCPRD that Post readers love is in Kill Creek Streamway Park.
This 16-acre off-leash area is accessible at 33460 W. 95th Street, and Post reader Sara Crane called it a “lovely rural location near DeSoto.”
“Lots of shade, well maintained and lots of bridges,” another reviewer wrote online.
Visit the Kill Creek Streamway off-leash area from 6 am to 10 pm daily.
Stoll Park Off-Leash Dog Area
Another county-run option recommended by readers is the off-leash dog area at Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park on 119th street in Overland Park.
“Stoll Dog Park is big enough for dogs to run around, but not too big for owners to retrieve,” said Post reader Greg Coia. “Lots of trees and bushes for cover and always at least one bench is in the shade.”
The area at 12500 W. 119th Street is open from 6:30 am to 8 pm daily.
Shawnee Mission Park Off-Leash Area
The Post reader’s final recommendation for dog parks is a classic: the off-leash area in Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee.
“Best place on the planet to rent your dog,” wrote one reviewer.
The 44-acre area features a paved trail that leads dogs and their owners to a beach area, where dogs (and humans) can splash around.
Located at 7900 Renner Road, the Shawnee Mission Off-Leash Dog Area is open from 6 am to 8 pm daily.
What if my dog can’t be around other dogs?
- Post reader Camden Hanzlick-Burton suggests owners of shy or reactive dogs try the SniffSpot app.
- Like AirBnB, SniffSpot allows dog owners to rent out other people’s backyards for the dogs to play in private.
- “There are many local patios all over the place [Johnson County]Hanzlick-Burton wrote. “It allows dog owners to safely train and allow their dogs to play without worrying about interacting with a lot of other dogs.”
- Check SniffSpot options near you online here.