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Unleash Your Hounds!

Dog Grounds built and manages two urban off-leash play areas for dogs in downtown Minneapolis neighborhoods: one in Loring Park and another in Elliot Park. Here you can learn about our parks, how to license your pet, and how to obtain off-leash park permits in Minneapolis.
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DONATE

Make a donation to support park up-keep at MightyCause

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We love volunteers! To help out, please send us an email.

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See our Facebook Page to keep in touch & stay updated!

DONATE

Make a donation to support park up-keep at MightyCause

VOLUNTEER

We love volunteers! To help out, please send us an email.

FOLLOW

See our Facebook Page to keep in touch & stay updated!

DONATE

Make a donation to support park up-keep at MightyCause

VOLUNTEER

We love volunteers! To help out, please send us an email.

FOLLOW

See our Facebook Page to keep in touch & stay updated!

Make Sure Your Dog Is Legal

In order to use any Off-Leash Recreation Area in Minneapolis, including the new Dog Grounds play areas, dog owners must first obtain an Off-Leash Park Permit and a Minneapolis Pet License. The applications for each can be found on both the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Animal Care & Control websites. For convenience, you can download, print, complete the forms, and send them back with proper payment and a copy of required veterinary records. Your license, permit and a receipt will be mailed to your home for your records.

Dog Park Rules

Our parks have a few rules: make sure you and your dog are aware of them before you go.

RULE #1

Make sure your dog has a license, an off-leash permit, and all his or her vaccinations.

RULE #2

Pick up after your dog before you leave: help us keep the park clean.

RULE #3

Stay only until closing time. That’s usually around 10:00PM.

RULE #4

Make sure your dog obeys you and behaves well with other dogs.
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Dog Park Rules

Our parks have a few rules: make sure you and your dog are aware of them before you go.

RULE #1

Make sure your dog has a license, an off-leash permit, and all his or her vaccinations.

RULE #2

Pick up after your dog before you leave: help us keep the park clean.

RULE #3

Stay only until closing time. That’s usually around 10:00PM.

RULE #4

Make sure your dog obeys you and behaves well with other dogs.

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Our Dog Parks

Loring Park

The Dog Grounds off-leash play area in the Loring neighborhood is located on the north corner of Loring Park between the Minneapolis Community Technical College and the Loring Park businesses. This play area features "The Bridge to Erehwon" for playing, and limestone boulders sized and placed throughout the park for people to sit on and dogs to climb on.

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Hours

6:00 AM–10:00 PM

Elliot Park

The Dog Grounds off-leash Gateway Park play area is a welcome addition to the Elliot Park neighborhood in Minneapolis! Located at the corner of 4th Avenue South between 10th and 11th Street, this play area features miniature grass “ottomans,” a water bowl feature and mature trees. Your dogs will absolutely love spending time in this beautiful park!

Hours

6:00 AM–10:00 PM

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Member Testimonials

MemberTestimonials

I absolutely love this dog park it always has a lot of dogs and it’s very clean and fun plenty of places for adults to sit. They have a pool in the summertime and dog bowls full of water for the puppies. I would definitely take my dog to this dog park. I have been to several other dog parks and this one is the best.

Jodi Keyes

Loring Dog Park User

Cool little dog park downtown. Lots of friendly pups and owners. Great place to bring your dog to play. Most popular in the morning 7:30- 8am or so and again in the evening around 4:30-5:30pm.

Phil Warumzer

Gateway Dog Park User

We love bringing the pup there. It’s always fun to socialize with dogs and people.

Tracy Bagley

Loring Dog Park User

Nice open area to fetch or meet other pups. Most of the time there is at least 1 or 2 other dogs there for company. It is gravel with a couple of benches. Recently, the large trees were removed, so no shade. It’s encouraged to help maintain the park while your pup is playing.

Tia Zoelle

Gateway Dog Park User

Clean, friendly and joyful dog park to bring your dogs and have a good time.

Teddy Chaparro

Loring Dog Park User

I love taking my dog there. Amazing people and environment.

Masikoo Sumi

Gateway Dog Park User

There were certainly lots of happy dogs in this expansive park. They were having a dog show on the stage and setting up for a movie under the stars afterward.

Dave Knode

Loring Dog Park User

Looks really nice and well maintained.

Jeff Mackner

Gateway Dog Park User

Huge fence in yard with toys and water bowl and pool…and everything a dog owner need and friendly people.

Alekander Xayarath

Loring Dog Park User

Looks really nice and well maintained.

Jeff Mackner

Gateway Dog Park User

I was THRILLED to find this place in the middle of the city. It’s well maintained and a great spot for apartment-dwellers to let their pooch burn off energy and socialize. Everyone I met there was friendly and cared to keep an eye on the dogs to keep it safe for all.

Nathan Helgesen

Loring Dog Park User

Well shaded area during summer days – perfect for my black furry dog who gets very hot quickly in the sunlight. Also feels like a very safe space to be during the day (out in the open and plenty of passers by).

Erin Ortiz

Gateway Dog Park User

Beautiful park. Good pathways. Best place for morning and evening walk.Senior people came and sit in the chairs in the evening. Children come here to play football and volleyball. Now it is winter time. Snow filled ground. No place to play and sit.

Kochumani C J

Loring Dog Park User

Out standing in every way possible.

Daniel Rose

Gateway Dog Park User

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MemberTestimonials

MemberTestimonials

I absolutely love this dog park it always has a lot of dogs and it’s very clean and fun plenty of places for adults to sit. They have a pool in the summertime and dog bowls full of water for the puppies. I would definitely take my dog to this dog park. I have been to several other dog parks and this one is the best.

Jodi Keyes

Park Member

We love bringing the pup there. It’s always fun to socialize with dogs and people.

Tracy Bagley

Park Member

Clean, friendly and joyful dog park to bring your dogs and have a good time.

Teddy Chaparro

Park Member

There were certainly lots of happy dogs in this expansive park. They were having a dog show on the stage and setting up for a movie under the stars afterward.

Dave Knode

Park Member

Huge fence in yard with toys and water bowl and pool…and everything a dog owner need and friendly people.

Alekander Xayarath

Park Member

Cute little dog park. Has chairs, obstacles for the pups, and shade.

Sarah Parillo

Park Member

I was THRILLED to find this place in the middle of the city. It’s well maintained and a great spot for apartment-dwellers to let their pooch burn off energy and socialize. Everyone I met there was friendly and cared to keep an eye on the dogs to keep it safe for all.

Nathan Helgesen

Park Member

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