Guidelines for Pooch Playground
Recommendations for Fun and Safety
The Pooch Playground is open from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily. The maximum number of dogs in the playground at any given time is 50. Please limit your visit to one hour during times of peak use.
Be Aware of Risks
While it may be tempting to stand back and be a passive observer, all users will have a much more rewarding experience if basic rules are actively observed. Use of the Pooch Playground is not a right - it is a privilege. Please do not allow unacceptable or irresponsible behavior to ruin the fun for other users.
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation strives to provide a fun, safe environment for you and your dog. However, by using this facility you agree that you understand and assume all responsibility and liability for the risks of unleashing your dog in the facility.
Potential risks include, but are not limited to:
Never run! Hide face. Tuck arms and legs into body. Curl up in a ball, face down on hands and knees. Be as still and quiet as possible. Wait for help or until the dog has left.
In order for the bite to be defined as a bite - it must break the skin and must have been caused by oral contact (not a nail scratch).
A dog bite to a human or another animal must be reported. The biting animal will be quarantined for ten days to ensure it is healthy and does not pose a rabies risk. In this case, the bite most likely happened inside the confines of the Pooch Playground so the dog will be considered legally restrained at the time of the bite. If a dog bite happens while at the park:
Allen County Sheriff's Animal Control at 449-7491
**The Pooch Playground is not staffed or supervised by any agent or employee of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department or the City of Fort Wayne. Users therefore are required to abide by posted rules and etiquette at all times while on the premises. Police and Animal Control Officers will make periodic site visits.**
Dog owners and individuals accompanying them use the facility entirely at their own risk and that of their dogs. Owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times. Neither Parks and Recreation nor the City of Fort Wayne assumes liability for loss, damage, or any kind of injury sustained by any human or dog while using the Pooch Playground.
It is important to familiarize yourself with pertinent City Ordinances that apply to this playground as well as parks and park facilities in general. Visit our Park Ordinances page for more information.