Park Rules & FAQ

COMMON QUESTIONS

What is Bear Creek Dog Park?

Bear Creek Dog Park is a fully fenced, 25 acre of dog park where owners may safely allow their dogs to exercise off-leash, play and socialize with other dogs. Park amenities include a 2-acre small dog / senior dog area, miles of walking trails, access to Bear Creek, an agility training area, dog drinking fountains, complimentary poop clean up bags and human restrooms.

Why do people take their dogs to the dog park?

Dog parks allow dogs to exercise & socialize safely. Well-exercised dogs are less likely to engage in nuisance behaviors such as constant barking. Well-socialized dogs react well to new situations and people. Dog parks are also a great outlet for owners to socialize & exercise with their dogs.

What do dogs do at the dog park?

Many dogs enjoy running & wrestling with other dogs. Some favor games of fetch or following their noses in the large open areas. Others prefer the affection & attention they get from other owners. And some just appreciate relaxing in the sun, watching the other dogs play.

Can any dog go to the dog park?

All fully immunized, non-aggressive dogs are welcome at the dog parks. Puppies under 4 months of age & female dogs in heat are prohibited.

Do I need to bring anything to the dog park?

Only yourself, your dog, & your leash (to get from your car to the park entrance)! There are benches and picnic tables sprinkled around the park, however, you may wish to bring a chair. You should also bring your own poop bags, just in case the dispenser is empty. You are required to pick up your dog’s waste! Please do not bring food into the dog parks (dog or human)!

Who runs Bear Creek Dog Park?

Bear Creek Dog Park was created through a partnership between the Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park and the El Paso County Parks & Recreation Department. All monies donated to Friends of the Dog Park go toward fencing & amenities, while maintenance & land is supplied by El Paso County Parks & Recreation Department.

Does my dog need a license to come to Bear Creek Dog Park?

Yes, Each dog must be licensed and wearing its tags. A current rabies vaccination is necessary.

Can my new puppy come to Bear Creek Dog Park?

No, A new puppy’s immunity isn't strong enough to fight off any bacteria they may encounter in the dog park. In order to be in the park, all dogs must be at least 4 months old and be current on all Veterinarian recommended shots including rabies.

Can I give treats to other people’s pets?

Before giving anything to another person’s dog (food, drink, toy or treat) please ask for permission from the owner.

Can I bring food into Bear Creek Bark Park?

Food is prohibited, as are glass containers.

Can I bring my children to the park?

Yes, but please be aware that BCDP is not a playground. Please don't let your children climb on the benches, fencing or trees, and/or chase any dogs. Keep children close and allow no running, screaming or food. Do not allow your children to approach a dog without permission from the dog's handler.

How can I help?

Volunteers are needed to help with park clean-up days organized to protect our water shed, fundraising efforts that will provide additional amenities and assist with ongoing special project costs, committee members to help organize events and dog lovers willing to break a sweat preforming park improvement projects. If you don’t have any extra time to spare, but want to support the dog park, consider a monetary donation Click the links to volunteer, or make a donation. LEARN MORE

Who do I contact if I have a problem at the dog park?

If you are having an immediate problem with a dog or owner, please call El Paso County Security at (719) 520-6500 or the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at (719)473-1741 or the police. For all other concerns or questions, contact Friends of the Dog Park through email: info@bearcreekdogpark.com

Why should I clean up my dog’s waste?

If not picked up, pet waste can introduce the following harmful bacteria to our waterways:

  • Salmonellosis: Causes headache, fever, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Campylobacteriosis: Causes diarrhea
  • Toxocarisis: Causes fever, rash, vision loss and cough
  • Giardiasis: Causes severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea

Additionally, decomposing pet waste uses up dissolved oxygen and releases ammonia. In warm weather, this process kills fish and aquatic life.

How can I help keep our waterways clean?

  • Always pick up your pet’s waste and throw it away in the garbage can.
  • Please do not put pet waste in storm drains or the street.
  • Encourage your fellow pet owners and trail users to clean up their pet’s wastes too.
  • Adopt your local waterway, open space or park and keep it clean.
  • Keep storm drains clean of litter and debris all year.

Is it against the law to leave your dog’s waste?

Yes. you can be ticketed for failing to pick up your dog’s waste. Not picking up your pet’s waste is against the law! Check with your local government for details on codes and ordinances.

How can I avoid a dog fight?

Learn the 4P Warning Signs:

  • Posture: A dog's body language can communicate fear, hostility or submission. Learn to read and respond to your own dog's body language, and others. Growling and the showing of teeth, for instance are signs to be aware of.
  • Packing: More than two or three dogs behaving as if they're in a pack can lead to trouble. Break it up before it starts by leading your dog to a neutral area at least 30 feet away.
  • Possession: Whether it's you or a ball, most dogs will protect what is theirs. Remain aware.
  • Provoking: If your dog is continuously annoying another dog (s) it's time to leave the park.

What can I do if a dog fight occurs?

  • Keep calm and never reach your hands into the middle of a dog fight. You may get bit, and often by your own dog.
  • Distract the dogs and divert their attention. A blast of water from a water bottle, a loud whistle, or the clapping of your hands may work.
  • If your dog is not in the fight, make sure he or she does not join in.
  • When warranted, exchange contact information with the other dog owner.

What should I do about an aggressive dog?

  • Remove your dog from the situation.
  • Politely tell the dog's owner that you feel their dog is aggressive and ask them to control their dog or leave the park.
  • If you do not feel safe, call local Police.
  • It is up to the users of BCDP to work with each other in a friendly manner to keep the park safe for all.

What should I do if someone is bitten at the park?

Dog bites are rare at dog parks, especially if all users follow the rules and respect other people and dogs. But if someone is bitten:

  • Get the person medical attention immediately, including calling 911 if necessary.
  • Get the identity of the dog who did the biting and its owner.
  • Contact local Police to report the incident.

What if I see someone breaking the rules?

Bear Creek Bark Park is self-policing and rules are in place to ensure the safety of all visitors. Most times people are unaware of the rules. It is up to all of us to educate and bring the rules and regulations to their attention. If you see someone who is not abiding by the rules (i.e., forgets to pick up poop) politely introduce yourself, remind them of the rules, and thank them when they comply. Bear Creek Dog Park is a community park and most of its visitors want to do the right thing. However if someone still refuses to comply, please call El Paso County Security at (719) 520-6500. For all other concerns or questions, contact Friends of the Dog Park through email: info@bearcreekdogpark.com

PARK RULES

  • Handlers must always clean up after their dogs and dispose of waste properly. City Ordinance 01-42
  • Handlers are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times.
  • For your safety, runners, bicyclists and equestrians shall not use the dog park.
  • Dogs must be on leash in the parking lot and until inside the designated off leash areas and dog owners must be in possession of a leash at all times when inside the park.
  • Do not bring dogs younger than 4 months.
  • Dogs must be wearing proof of current inoculation and license.
  • All dogs are required to be spayed/neutered.
  • Female dogs in heat are prohibited. City Ordinance 01-42.
  • If your dog becomes unruly, please leash your dog and leave the dog park.
  • Dog handlers must be in control of and in visual contact with their dogs at all times.
  • No aggressive dog behavior.
  • No glass containers.
  • Young children must be supervised at all times. Parents must be in control of their children.
  • No pet handlers under age 18.
  • If you see unruly dogs or owners, please contact El Paso County Security (719) 520-6500 or call 911.
  • In case of dog related emergency, please contact the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at (719) 473-1741.
  • Use at your own risk.
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