Hardberger Dog Park

Posted on April 13, 2011

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Today we’re highlighting yet another fabulous park in San Antonio.  Hardberger Dog Park opened in 2010 and quickly became a favorite among the local dog-lover crowd.  The City of San Antonio did an excellent job creating this park and we hope our photos illustrate the fabulous mix of function and design.

And without further ado…Hardberger Dog Park!

Prior to entering the dog park, we always take Gus for a nice long stroll on one of the many trails.  Gus is an anxious dog and he’s always more calm, cool and collected after he’s had a good walk.

Isn’t this a gorgeous park?!  Although there are currently only 1.5 miles of trails open, there are several park phases in the works that will extend the existing trails.

Of the four off-leash dog parks in San Antonio, Hardberger is the only park with a separate small dog area.  As we mentioned above, Gus is skittish around strangers (human or dog) and we appreciate the separate small dog area.

We quickly learned that not all small dogs prefer the small dog area.  There are many who romp around with the big dogs and absolutely love it.  We’ve also seen several big dogs in the small dog area.  In a way, it’s as if the gate separates dogs based on personality and activity level more so than size.

There is agility equipment of in both the small and large dog areas.  Gus loves to run up and down the ramp and is always very proud of himself after he’s done. 🙂

This is one of the many stone seating areas located in the small dog area.  It also makes a very good catwalk for those who like to strut their stuff. 🙂

The benches also make a terrific resting spot for tired little doggers…

The Hinson Family generously donated this $5,000 (!) 2-story doghouse to Hardberger Dog Park.  It’s a popular spot for the all the doggers to congregate.  We like to imagine they gather to gossip about the latest dog scandal. 😉

Peekaboo, we see you!

Blogging about the various San Antonio parks we visit makes us realize how lucky we’ve been the last seven years we’ve lived here.  Although we’re very excited to start a new chapter in our lives, we are very grateful for the time spent in SA.

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The Details:

Hardberger Dog Park:  13203 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX  78231  210.207.7275  Sunrise-Sunset

Dog Park Rules via City of San Antonio website:

  • Use of dog parks is at citizens’ own risk
  • Dog owners/handlers are responsible for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times.
  • Park hours are 5 a.m. To 11 p.m., Seven days a week.
  • There is a limit of two dogs per adult in the dog park at any time.
  • All dogs must be leashed when entering and leaving the dog park.
  • All dogs must have current rabies and all other vaccinations required by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and should be healthy and free of any diseases.
  • Dogs must wear collars and current license tags in the park.
  • Dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Dogs under 4 months of age are prohibited.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dog owners/handlers are responsible for picking up and disposing of all of their dogs’ waste.
  • Never leave dogs unattended.
  • Dog owners/handlers must be in possession of a leash at all times.
  • Dogs showing any signs of aggression must be leashed and immediately removed from the dog park.
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the dog park. Training treats are allowed.
  • Glass containers are not allowed in the park.
  • No bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades or motorized vehicles are allowed in the dog park

Our Review (+ = positive, – = negative):

+ 311 acres
+ 1.8-acre dog park
+ 1.5 miles of trails
+ Heavily shaded trails
+ Poop bag stations
+ Waste removal stations
+ Fresh water stations
+ Agility stations
+ Separate small and large dog areas
+ Picnic tables and benches for humans
+ Entire dog park area is mulched

– Limited parking during peak hours
– Many owners do not pick up after their dog (it’s rare we walk away without poo on our shoes)

Fun Facts:

  • In February 2011, Hardberger Dog Park was voted as one of the Top Dog Friendly Destinations by FIDO Friendly readers.
  • The next phase of Hardberger Park opens this May and will feature a pavilion, new hiking trails, basketball courts, multi-purpose sports fields, BBQ grills and more!
    • We hope to make one last stop at Hardberger Park for the Grand Opening prior to leaving San Antonio!

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