According to a recent study by the American Pet Products Association, 69 million American homes have dogs, and the ownership of pets of all kinds has increased during the pandemic. Meanwhile, many people have sought to escape densely populated cities such as New York City and have sought less crowded places with good amenities due to COVID-19. (For those who can’t move, these are America’s best apartment dog breeds.)
With all of that in mind, 24/7 Tempo identified the US cities with the most dog parks by examining data on dog parks in the 100 largest cities from “City Park Facts 2021 – Facilities and Recreational Amenities. Data â, an annual report from a nonprofit organization. The public land trust. Cities are ranked according to the number of dog parks per 100,000 inhabitants.
Dog parks, also known as off-leash dog zones, are important equipment. They allow dogs – and their owners – to exercise and socialize. They have the added benefit of being outdoors, an important consideration for people who want more recreation and less risk.
The # 1 spot on our list is claimed by Boise, Idaho, which has a total of 15 dog parks, or 6.3 per 100,000 residents. Some states, especially in the Sunbelt, deserve a shout out for their kindness to dogs. California has seven entrances, while Florida and Nevada have three each. It stands to reason that cities with good climates offer more opportunities for outdoor recreation and may have more dog parks. Virginia, which is not a Sunbelt state but has a pleasant climate and obviously loves dogs, has three entrances. (These are the states with the most dogs.)
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