Did you know that our community of Gilbert, Arizona, boasts over 600 acres of open space and a total of 23 public parks? Wednesday, March 30, is Take a Walk in the Park Day 2022, and if you have a dog, it’s a great excuse to get out and explore. Here are our top 3 picks for dog-friendly parks in Gilbert.

Where can I walk my dog in Gilbert?

Daily walks are very important for your pup’s health and wellbeing. Going for a walk satisfies their needs for exercise and provides mental and social stimulation. Exploring new parks and trails gives your pet a chance to sniff out new smells and keeps them from getting bored with the same old routine. Just remember to respect the leash rules, and always bring bags to pick up poops!

1. Cosmo Dog Park

With a lake and four whole acres of fenced-in recreation space, Cosmo Dog Park is our number one pick. This park has doggy washing areas and separate off-leash runs for timid dogs and active dogs. If your pup is a bit shy, they won’t have to worry about getting too much attention from more energetic canines. Or, if your pup loves to socialize and play, they can romp with other dogs who enjoy a rowdy game of tag.

2. Crossroads Park

This 92-acre park has multi-use trails for leashed walks as well as two dedicated dog runs. Open to the public until 10pm, this park offers partial lighting if you prefer to walk in the cool of the evening after the sun goes down. They even have doggy drinking fountains! 

3. Riparian Preserve

The winding loop trails at Riparian Preserve are perfect for wandering in a more natural landscape. Leashed dogs will love exploring this wildlife habitat and catching a glimpse of unusual birds and exciting new smells. The park rules permit a maximum 6-foot leash, and restrict visitors to trails only, in order to disturb the wildlife as little as possible. 

Take a Walk to East Valley Animal Hospital for a Wellness Exam

Where will you go for Take a Walk in the Park Day 2022? What are your favorite dog-friendly parks in Gilbert? We’d love to hear about your favorite dog parks or the best places you’ve found to walk your dog in Gilbert at your next wellness exam. You can request an appointment online or call us at 480-568-2462


Photo by Audrey Fretz on Unsplash used with permission under the Creative Commons license for commercial use 03/21/2022.