Address: 723 Varsity Estates Pl NW, Calgary, AB T3B 4R1
Opening hours: 05:00 until 23:00 daily
Car: There is no dedicated car park for the off-leash park, but you can find parking along Silverview Way NW, Varsity Estates Place NW, or in one of the side streets.
Foot: You can access the off-leash area from anywhere along Silverview Way NW, or via Varsity Estates Place NW. Alternatively, you can access from the main part of Bowness Park.
For an official map of the off-leash park, see here.
(The fenced off-leash area is located in the top right corner of the map)
Accessibility and Terrain
Difficulty level: Easy
Terrain: The park is composed of grass and the terrain is quite flat. However, the actual fenced off-leash park area is quite small, so it’s better suited for smaller dogs, or as a place to bring dogs to socialise (rather than a park that you can go for long walks in).
Paths: There are two dirt paths that go through the middle of the fenced off-leash area. The paths through Bowmont Park leading up to the fenced off-leash park are either dirt paths or grass. These paths are not cleared during the winter; however, due to the large number of dog walkers who use the park, any new snow is usually trodden down within a day, which means that the park is always accessible (however, can be slippery if the snow has melted / refrozen).
Accessibility: This off-leash area is very accessible due to its small size and flat terrain, so would be suitable for strollers, wagons and wheelchairs.
Amenities: There are a couple of benches in the off-leash area and some bins.
Safety: While part of the off-leash area is fenced, the paths leading to it from Bowmont park are not fenced, and dogs can run onto Silverview Way NW if they are not supervised (as Indy did, when he decided that it would be a good idea to say hello to some dogs being walked on the sidewalk on the other side of the road). Luckily, the road tends not to be busy.
Fetch: The fenced off-leash area can be used to play fetch with smaller dogs, but during the summer the grass is not cut and can get quite long (meaning that toys can be lost).
Bins: The bins are located within the fenced area.
Poop bags: There do not seem to be any poop bag dispensers, so you need to remember to bring your own (or ask to borrow one from fellow dog walkers, if you forgot yours, or ran out).
This is not the most exciting dog park if you are the kind of person who likes to go for long walks with their dog, or whose dogs like to roam. However, if you have smaller dogs or puppies, this is a safe and manageable area to bring them to socialise with other dogs.
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