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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — South Florida dog owners have a new dog park to enjoy with their four-legged friends.

Chapman Field Park,  located at 13601 Deering Bay Drive in Coral Gables, has opened a new Dog-Friendly Park for leashed dogs.

The nine-acre site spans from the entrance at the canoe launch to the open-field area within the turn-around at the eastern edge of the property. The site contains “doggie-bag” dispensers and trash cans, as well as signs to remind visitors of proper park etiquette, leash and dog waste laws.

“As a dog owner, this new park for our four-legged friends adds a valuable amenity to our community and enhances our recreational appeal,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“I am very excited about this new park improvement. This is a quality of life addition for people with dogs in this neighborhood. They now have an opportunity to take daily walks together, in a peaceful park setting,” said Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner Xavier Suarez.

“Park spaces like this are great for residents who enjoy being outdoors with their canine companions. We encourage them to make regular visits to this park,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys.

The project cost was $25,119 and was funded by the “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond Program.

The 566-acre-waterfront park also features 350 acres of pristine mangrove forest, a canoe launch and three lighted baseball fields.

For directions to Chapman Field Park, call (305) 665-3837, or visit Miami-Dade Parks on the web at

There are 15 neighborhood Dog-Friendly Parks in Miami-Dade County.

They are located in Acadia Park, Biscayne Shores and Gardens Park, Coral Villas Park, Chapman Field Park, Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, Highland Oaks Park, Kevin Broils Park, Kings Meadow Park, Military Trail Park, Olympic Park, Rockdale Park, San Jacinto Park, Snapper Creek Park, Spanish Lake Park, Tamiami Trail Park, and West Kendale Lakes Park.

The County also has five regional Dog Parks: Haulover Park, Tropical Park, Amelia Earhart Park, Greynolds Park, and West Kendall District Park.

There are also two Dog-Run Parks, at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park and Lago Mar Park, where dogs can freely run around unleashed in fenced, open fields.

There are also dog parks in Broward County as well.

Click here for the list of Best South Florida Dog Parks.


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