Cary Dog Park Rules

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Cary Dog Park at Robert V. Godbold Park: 2050 Northwest Maynard Road
Cary Dog Park at Jack Smith Park: 9725 Penny Road

Use of the Dog Parks is available by purchasing a pass at any of the Town of Cary Community Centers below, or by using the registration link on the previous page.

  • Middle Creek Community Center: (919) 771-1295
  • Herb Young Community Center: (919) 460-4965
  • Bond Park Community Center: (919) 462-3970

Administrative Office: (919) 469-4061 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.); After Hours TXT311 (898-311)

Dog Park Rules

  • Park is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. No entry is allowed after 9 p.m.
  • Dogs shall have on a collar with updated rabies information at all times while in the park; no spiked collars allowed.
  • Each adult may have a maximum of two dogs at a time in the park; all dogs must be registered on the dog park membership with proof of vaccinations. "Guest dogs" are not permitted.  
  • Owners are responsible for any injury or damage caused by your dog. Prevent injuries by supervising your dog at all times. Never leave your dog unattended. If your dog inflicts an injury, give your name and telephone number to the other dog owner before leaving. You are at all times solely responsible for your dog's behavior and any damage your dog may cause.
  • Pick up poop -- scoop your dog's poop and dispose of it in the containers provided.
  • Female dogs in heat are not allowed on the premises.
  • No food (animal food or people food), treats, or bones are allowed inside the fenced area.
  • No littering: wrappers and other litter can be eaten by dogs and cause a choking or digestion hazard which can be life-threatening!
  • No smoking inside the dog park.
  • No strollers, bicycles, tricycles, big-wheels, wagons, roller-blades, etc. are allowed in the dog park, except wheelchairs used by people with physical challenges.
  • Wear shoes at all times.
  • Children 12 and under are not allowed inside the fenced area.
  • Dogs under four months are prohibited.
  • Use at own risk.
  • All human being bites must be reported by contacting the Animal Control office at (919) 319-4517. Town of Cary ordinance Sec. 6-69 (b) Animal Bites, Notification. Reporting Bite. It shall be unlawful for a person to fail to report to Animal Control as soon as possible that an animal has bitten a person. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to inform the Animal Control unit the location to which an animal that has bitten a human being has been taken if the owner has given the animal away, or caused in any way the animal to be taken from the owner's premises.  In case of an Emergency call 911.
  • Owners who fail to abide by rules and regulations are subject to loss of park privileges.

Basic Etiquette, Guidelines and Tips for Use

  • Keep walking or playing- this helps keep the off-leash area "neutral" territory for all.
  • Keep your dog on leash until you enter the off-leash areas, and carry a leash on you for each dog at all times while in the park.
  • Dogs shall be under your visual contact and voice control at all times; stay within close range of your dog.
  • Be aware that dogs have different play styles. Talk to your veterinarian, talk to other park users and educate yourself on dog behavior.
  • Ensure each gate closes behind you before you enter the next one. 
  • Fill in any holes your dog digs or make appropriate repairs to disturbed areas.
  • Do not bring a dog with a known history of biting or fighting.