~Membership Applications are now being accepted~
West Terrace Off Leash Dog Park is open seven days a week. Fully enclosed, the 1.5-acre park provides a great place for you and your dog to play, exercise and socialize. The members-only park includes benches (each with their own fantastic view of the west bottoms and the Missouri River), park stairs, a shade pavilion with picnic tables, key fob entry, disposal bags and receptacles and two drinking fountains (currently off for the season).
SUBMIT YOUR PAPERWORK
You do not have to be a resident of Kansas City, Missouri to join. Membership is $5 for one year. KC Parks downtown community centers accept applications, fees and records and assign key fobs. Click on the Membership Applications link above to download the membership application and gather your rabies vaccination records. Key fobs are issued at the Tony Aguirre, Westport Roanoke, Garrison (cash only) and Gregg/Klice Community Centers during regular business hours. Cash, check and credit card are accepted forms of payment.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP ($5 for one year)
- 1.5 Acres where your dog can run off leash without fear of violating leash laws, getting lost or running into traffic.
- Exclusive access to the West Terrace Dog Park
- One key fob per household to enter the dog park
- Assurance that other dogs playing in the park are current on their rabies vaccination shots
- Friendly reminders when your registered dogs’ rabies vaccination shots are due.
- Member Mingle events
- Regular email updates about scheduled maintenance
- Email notifications, when it is necessary to close the dog park area for improvements and routine maintenance. Below is an idea of what may or will occur:
- Aeration, seeding, and sodding may require a closure for 2-3 weeks in the spring
- During times of excessive rainfall staff may close the dog park to prevent extensive turf wear and tear
- Fencing and structural repairs may require the dog park to close during repair periods.
- Winter snow melt may require closing the park to keep the turf intact
VISITING THE DOG PARK
A key fob is required to enter the park. To obtain a key fob and become a West Terrace Dog Park member, owners must complete an application. Key fobs are issued at the Tony Aguirre, Westport Roanoke, Garrison and Gregg/Klice Community Centers during regular business hours. Cash, check and credit card are accepted forms of payment.
HOW TO ENTER THE PARK
The West Terrace Dog Park has two entry points. One is on the north end, accessible from W. 7th Street and the other is on the south end at the top of the hill, accessible from W. 8th Street. Keep dogs leashed until inside the unleashing lobby. Allow other members to exit the unleashing lobby before entering. Enter the unleashing lobby by scanning the bar code on your key fob. Please close the gate securely behind you and do not hold the gate open for other members. Unleash your dog and take a moment to observe the behavior of the other dogs in the park. If the behavior of your dog and the dogs in the park is friendly, open the gate to enter the park and securely close it behind you.
DOG PARK RULES & REGULATIONS (failure to abide by the park rules may result in the loss of privileges, or owners may be ticketed by Animal Control)
- Handlers enter off-leash area at their own risk.
- Handlers must clean up after their dogs and dispose of all trash.
- Dogs may never be left unattended and must be under voice control at all times. There is a maximum of four (4) dogs per adult handler.
- Owners are responsible legally and financially for the actions of their dogs. Aggressive dogs should not be brought into the area, and any dog must be removed immediately if aggressive behavior is noted.
- Dogs must be healthy and free of parasites, properly licensed, vaccinated, and not in heat. No puppies under four months old are allowed.
- Children 8 years and under are not allowed in the off-leash dog area; children ages 9 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. An adult handler is considered anyone over 16 years of age.
- Dogs must be leashed when outside of the fenced area. Handler should have the leash in hand when inside of the area.
- No human food is permitted in the fenced/off-leash area. Handlers using dog treats must assume the risk of safe handling.
- Prong, choke and spike collars must be removed for safety reasons.
- Handlers are subject to all applicable city ordinances.
The park contains multiple service entrances to provide access for maintenance and emergency personnel. Please do not enter or exit through these gates. If you notice a service gate is unlocked or unsecured please call the Dog Park Manager at 816-513-WOOF (9663). On Thursday mornings, the dog park will be open, but there may be mowing crews inside between the hours of 8-11 a.m.
Dog Park Manager