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Surrey is known as the city of parks. There are plenty of beautiful spots to take the family outdoors, and into nature. Unfortunately for dog owners, finding places to let their furry loved ones run free can be a bit more of a challenge. Pet owners in the Clayton Heights and Cloverdale area can take comfort knowing that there are great off-leash dog parks close by. Offering plenty of space for dogs of all sizes to let loose and enjoy some freedom.

Clayton Dog Park

There is currently one off-leash dog park in the Cloverdale area. Located at 7011 188 Street is the Clayton off-leash dog park. This park is a local favorite, and was engineered with our four-legged friends in mind. The park features grass fields, forest paths and a large paved walkway the runs the perimeter of the grounds. The park is fully fenced, and is the first in the city to offer separate areas for small and large dogs. Clayton dog park has ample parking, and a water fountain to ensure its users stay hydrated as they play.

Other Off-Leash Surrey Parks

A short drive from Cloverdale is Tynehead Regional park. This park located on the 172 block of 96 Avenue is a hot spot for many animals, and not just pets. Owls, hawks and coyotes find their habitat in this large forested park. Lush trails and paths lead to viewing areas and resting spots that overlook various landscapes and salmon habitat throughout the park. This 260 hector space is the perfect setting for exploration and fun. When arriving to the park, turn north on Highway 1 onto 168 street to find parking, and the Tynehead regional Park off-leash dog area. This is a great spot for a day out, and is also home to the Tynehead fish hatchery and butterfly garden.

Also nearby is Freedom Park, located at 15452 84 Ave. This park features large grass fields ideal for running. There is a forested trail that loops around the open areas of the park, covered seating for owners and a water tap. Be aware that the off-leash area is not fully fenced, so keep an eye on your pooch at all times.

Serpentine dog off-leash park is a bit farther outside town. The park at 12589 76 Avenue has a large fully fenced area, and is accessible from various entrances. The park is connected through walkways and paths to surrounding neighborhoods. Amenities include a covered viewing area and washroom facilities.

Surrey’s Dog Off-Leash Strategy

More parks are in development as an off-leash dog strategy breaks ground in Surrey. Cloverdale has two other off-leash projects in the works, but at this time are still conceptual and subject to community consultation. One would be a dog off-leash area in Cloverdale Athletic Park, and the other at the Hydro right of way at 60 Avenue and 184 Avenue. Although not in the immediate Cloverdale area, Panorama Park (12863 60 Avenue) is under construction, and will have a large fenced off-leash area for pets to play.

Large cities can seem a man’s world, and sometimes feel unaccommodating to the man’s best friend. The city of parks however, is working towards a solution by giving our four-legged residents more room to run. With great off-leash dog areas available now and more to come, both you and your pet can enjoy some fresh air and fun at a variety of city parks.