8 Milwaukee Dog Parks, Ranked

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)

We rated existing parks on a patented four-Bone system.
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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.

‘Dogs Unleashed’ appears in the June 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.