O, give me a home where the fur babies roam.
Your four-legged pals deserve their own urban havens, at least according to ROMP (Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks), a nonprofit group that works with Milwaukee County Parks to introduce dog parks.
In a little more than a decade, the partnership has yielded six new ones, bringing the local total to seven spanning 58-plus acres of leash-free land. And West Allis and Franklin could soon add their own offerings.
“Dog owners are feverish about their passions,” says parks spokesman Jeff Baudry.
We rated existing parks on a patented four-bone system.
Granville: Four Bones
Size: 10+ acres
Hills, wooded paths and the Menomonee River make the city’s oldest dog park perfect for your four-legged Lewis and Clark. (11718 W. Good Hope Pl.)
Currie: Four Bones
Size: 10 acres
With wide-open spaces, Currie is a popular park where many fur-iends gather to catch up. (3535 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa)
Runway: Four Bones
Size: 26 acres
Both humans and dogs can stretch their legs at the area’s largest park, named for the occasional airplanes that pass overhead. (1214 E. Rawson Ave., Oak Creek)
Warnimont: Three Bones
Size: 5 acres
Wooded walking trails mean plenty of sticks for Fido at the best of the smaller dog parks. (6100 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy)
Estabrook: Two Bones
Size: 3 acres
Smallish and featuring a separate space for the shorties, this park is also close to a beer garden. (4400 N. Estabrook Dr., Shorewood)
Roverwest: One Bone
Size: 2.78 acres
Formerly owned by Johnson Controls, Roverwest’s square design is bare-bones but conveniently located for East Siders. (3243 N. Weil St.)
Bay View: One Bone
Size: 2 acres
No fancy wooded trails or water features make for unimpeded frolicking. (East Lincoln Avenue and South Bay Street)
Before the pool at Cool Waters Family Aquatic Park in West Allis gets drained each fall, staff designate a special “Doggie Dip” day during which dogs can paddle for $5 a head.