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About Pawster Park Playground

Pawster Park Pooch Playground is located in Foster Park West on Winchester Road, just off Bluffton Road. It is a public facility owned and operated by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. All dogs (except female dogs in heat) are welcome subject to the rules and regulations below. Directions


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Dippin Dogs Swimming Event

Although our 2016 Dippin Dogs Swimming Event held at Northside Swimming Pool is now over...we are already planning for 2017!  Check back in early summer for additional details!!

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About Camp Canine 

A $40.00 annual dog membership pass can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Main Office and is valid at Camp Canine located in Johnny Appleseed Park and Pawster Park located in Foster Park West. Dog owners must show proof of rabies, distemper, and parvo vaccinations to obtain a pass. All dog vaccinations must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. 

PLEASE NOTE: Camp Canine CLOSES YEARLY for the Johnny Appleseed Festival..

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In 2000, a dedicated group of local dog-lovers approached the Parks and Recreation Department with the concept of developing a dog park in Fort Wayne. The group conducted research on similar facilities in other communities and pledged their energy towards raising funds to construct the facility.

In 2010 a new Dog Agility course was added which includes six new canine agility equipment pieces.  These products are specially designed to help dog owners to teach obedience skills, build confidence, and give exercise.  There are three separate pieces in each area of the two fenced areas.  One area has a set of six weaving poles, a wait table, and a doggy teeter totter.  The other area contains a tire jump, a set of five hound hoops, and a dog walk ramp.  This new equipment is tough enough for any park setting and will provide fun activities for dogs of all sizes and abilities.  

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In 2001, City ordinance was revised to allow unleashed dogs inside the confines of the dog park and a seldom used baseball diamond in Foster Park West was removed and dedicated for Pooch Playground. 

Both Dog Parks are now open 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily!! 

In order to enjoy either Dog Park,  all dogs are required to have a Pooch Pass. To obtain your Pass, stop by the Parks and Recreation Department Main Office any weekday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  All dog vaccinations must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. 

Check out the Dog Pass and Liability Form

NOTE: All users purchasing the required Pooch Pass to use the facility will be issued a code to unlock the gate.

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Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department
Administrative Office
705 East State Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
(260) 427-6000

Dog Owners must show proof of rabies, Distemper, and Parvo vaccinations to obtain passes. All dog vaccinations must be administered by a veterinarian. Passes must be visibly attached to your dog's collar at all times.

All permits shall be valid from the time they are issued until the following January 31 (for 2012). Fees will not be pro-rated. Color-coded tags will contain a registration number and the year for which the tag is valid.

Annual Pooch Passes are $40 per dog 

Half Season Memberships are available for purchase yearly (July 1-Dec.31 for $20)

Memberships  expire Dec. 31st

Limit three (3) Pooch Passes per household.

Check out the Dog Pass and Liability Form

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