The Manchester Pet Guide: The best dog parks, according to locals 

The Manchester Pet Guide: The best dog parks, according to locals 

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By Stacy Rounds

July 2, 2024

We asked our readers to tell us the best Manchester dog parks. Here’s what they said.

When it comes to finding the best dog parks in Manchester, it can be overwhelming to choose from the options available. That’s why we turned to the readers to get their input on which parks stand out above the rest. After tallying up the votes, we’re excited to reveal the best dog parks in Manchester. So grab your furry friend and get ready to explore these paw-some destinations!

Five large dogs relaxing together in the lush grass.

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4. Derry Dog Park

Fordway (Derry)

Stepping into Derry Dog Park, it’s immediately clear why this spot has won the hearts of Manchester’s dog-loving community. It’s a safe, fenced-in outdoor playground where every dog can find their tribe, whether your pup is a dashing Dachshund or a bounding Boxer. The park’s thoughtful design includes separate areas for large and small dogs, ensuring that playtime is safe and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of whether your fur baby is the size of a loaf of bread or a small pony.

Derry Dog Park features an array of agility equipment that would make any dog feel like a star athlete in training, navigating through a series of obstacles that test their speed, agility, and smarts. Plus, it’s also the perfect opportunity to capture some action-packed photos for the ‘gram.

With shaded seating areas thoughtfully placed around the park, pet parents can kick back and relax while keeping an eye on their furry friends. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to meet fellow dog lovers in the area. Who said playdates are just for the pups?

If you’re looking for an off-leash park where your dog can stretch their legs, learn new tricks, and make some new buddies — or if you’re simply in search of a laid-back afternoon surrounded by fellow dog lovers — Derry Dog Park is the spot you’ve been searching for. Just don’t forget to bring water, treats, and maybe a frisbee.

3. Wasserman Park 

116 Naticook Rd (Merrimack)

Imagine stepping into a serene painting of seasonal foliage where the water laps on the shore and the sun peeks through the leafy canopy, casting dappled shadows on the ground. That’s the beauty of Wasserman Park, a lakeside oasis nestled on the edge of Lake Naticook, beloved by dogs and humans alike.

The park boasts a well-maintained fenced-in area for off-leash enjoyment, where dogs can run free in a 3/4 acre field divided into two sections — one for large dogs, and one for small dogs. Several apparatus are available for agility play for the adventurous pooches in your pack. And the gravel area is perfect for doggie meet and greets and, dare we say, your pup’s restroom usage. Don’t forget to bring your own baggies!

For on-leash time, winding walking trails hug the lake’s edge, offering stunning views and a peaceful escape into nature. It’s the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll or an energetic jog with your dog, making every visit an adventure. 

In essence, Wasserman Park offers more than just a day out with your dog, with its stunning natural beauty and dog-friendly amenities. It’s easy to see why our readers have affectionately dubbed this park one of the best dog parks near Manchester. 

2. Stark Park 

550 River Rd

If you thought history lessons were just for the classroom, think again! Stark Park offers a unique blend of historical ambiance and tail-wagging fun that puts it on the map as one of Manchester’s go-to spots for dog lovers. You and your four-legged friends can roam the same grounds where historic figures once walked. It’s like stepping into a time machine, but with a leash in hand.

What makes Stark Park stand out is the sense of connection to Manchester’s past that this place embodies, providing a backdrop that’s as enriching for your mind as it is exhilarating for your four-legged friend. Think of it as a two-for-one deal: a history lesson and a playdate wrapped up in one delightful package. Because this is a historic park, it’s important to keep your dog on leash to keep the park as dog-friendly as possible for years to come.

The winding walking trails are the cherry on top, offering an excellent opportunity for both pet and owner to stretch their legs while soaking in the scenic views. It’s a great way to get your daily steps in, with the added bonus of possibly bumping into fellow dog enthusiasts. Who knows? You might just leave with a new friend, both human and canine.

1. Hooksett Dog Park 

101 Merrimack St (Hooksett)

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Manchester, Hooksett Dog Park is the treasure every dog owner wishes they had in their backyard. This canine wonderland is where your furry friends can let loose and live their best lives, whether they’re pint-sized pooches or gentle giants.

The park is ingeniously divided into two sections, ensuring that your teacup terrier won’t be mistaken for a soccer ball by the more, let’s say, “robust” pups. This thoughtful layout allows dogs of all sizes to frolic freely without worry, making it a stress-free zone for both pets and parents. It’s like having a VIP section at a concert, but for dogs, and honestly, who wouldn’t want that?

But what sets Hooksett Dog Park apart from the rest, you ask? For starters, the agility equipment. Imagine an obstacle course of agility equipment designed for dogs — the perfect setup for those energetic pups looking to show off their agility skills or simply burn off some extra energy. And for the spectators (yes, that’s you, dear pet parents), it’s entertainment gold with the double bonus of making connections with fellow dog lovers.

So, whether you’re a local looking for your next dog park adventure or a visitor wanting to treat your pup to a day out, Hooksett Dog Park is the spot. With its harmonious blend of fun, safety, and beauty, it’s no puzzle why our readers have crowned it as one of Manchester’s best dog parks. Come for the agility course, stay for the blissful sighs of contentment from your four-legged friend. Trust us, it’s worth the trip.

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  • Stacy Rounds

    Stacy Rounds is a writer and growth producer for Granite Post. Prior to joining the team, Stacy has worked as a writer, editor, and engagement specialist covering topics ranging from local history, disability advocacy, recreation, and food hotspots to relationships and mental health.

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