Omaha Dog Park Advocates


Omaha is the proud home of two spacious off-leash dog parks. Hefflinger Dog Park is located at 111th and Maple Street, and Hanscom Dog Park is located at 32nd and Woolworth Street. The Omaha dog parks provide a community setting where people can gather and socialize, and where their dogs can freely interact with other dogs.

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Address: PO Box 8613
Omaha, NE 68108
Omaha's dog parks not only allow owners and their dogs to spend time together, but also offer dogs a space for play and companionship with other dogs. Because leashes can cause dogs to become territorial, spending time off-leash in a park may be beneficial for a dog.

Entering Omaha's Dog Parks
• The parks are open every day, dawn to dusk.
• Lock your vehicles to secure any possessions you leave behind.
• Please read the sign marked, "Petiquette" for the rules that apply to our parks.
• Do not open the outside gate if the inside gate is open. Be patient; don't crowd the gate. One dog at a time.
• Remove your dog's leash inside the holding pen, enter the park, close the gate, and move your dog away from the entrance.
• Do not enter the park with your dog on a leash. Your dog may be at a disadvantage and the result may be an altercation.

Inside The Park
• Pay attention and remain in control of your dog at all times.
• Clean up your dog's waste. Bags and receptacles are provided.
• Carry your leash with you in case you need to gain control of your dog.
• Puppies under 6 months do not have fully developed immune systems and should not enter the park for their own protection.
• Your dog must have a collar with a rabies tag and proper ID tag attached when in the dog park.

Leaving The Park
• Do not open the inside gate if the outside gate is open.
• Attach your dog's leash inside the park, enter the holding pen, close the inner gate, then exit through the outer gate.
• Come again soon. Your dog will thank you!
About the Omaha Dog Park Advocates

The mission of the Omaha Dog Park Advocates (OPDA) is to provide and promote a safe, off-leash environment for dogs to play and socialize. We are always looking for ways to improve our parks and to add new parks within the city limits. OPDA depends entirely on volunteers to keep our parks safe and enjoyable. We are always looking for new members to help with fundraising, special events, to communicate with city officials and the community, and to address the questions and concerns of dog owners who visit our parks. The success of Omaha's dog parks ultimately depends on YOU! We are always looking for volunteers or monetary donations to provide essentials like dog poop bags, water fountains, shelters and picnic tables, trees, and agility course equipment. If you would like to join the Omaha Dog Park Advocates, simply stop by one of our monthly meetings or inquire at info@omahadogparks.org.



FAQ's

What are the Omaha Dog Parks?
Omaha has two public off-leash dog parks. Located at Hefflinger Park (111th and Maple St.) and Hanscom Park (32nd and Woolworth St.), the parks feature acres of fenced green space ready for well-mannered dogs (and their humans) to run and play. The Omaha Dog Parks are open daily, year-round, dawn to dusk.

What hours of the day will the dog park be open?
The dog park will be opened from sunrise to sunset.

Is there a fee to use the Omaha Dog Parks?
No. There is no fee to use either of Omaha's Dog Parks.

Am I limited to the number of dogs I can bring to the dog park?
You must be able to have all your dogs within sight and under voice control; therefore we recommend not bringing more than 3 dogs per adult. It could become unmanageable if you have more than 3 dogs.

Does my dog need any vaccinations or dog license to use the dog parks?
Yes. Dogs must be currently licensed and vaccinated for rabies, distemper and parvovirus.

Can I bring water into the dog parks?
Yes, hydration is very important to your dog's health. We do have tap water available free at the parks; the city turns on the water in the spring and turns it off in the fall. Please do not bring food into the parks.

What if I see someone break the dog park rules?
The Omaha Dog Parks were established on the concept that dog owners would police themselves and each other. Park rules are detailed on the Petiquette board displayed as you enter the park. If you see someone who forgets the rules (i.e., forgets to pick up poop) politely introduce yourself, remind them of the rule, and thank them when they comply with the rule. Omaha is full of friendly folks who want to do the right thing.

Can my newborn puppy come to the Omaha Dog Parks?
No. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have their rabies shots to come to the dog parks. This is because a puppy's immunity must build up to fight bacteria and disease.

What should I do about an aggressive dog?
First, remove your dog from the situation. Second, (if it is safe) politely tell the dog's owner that you feel their dog is aggressive and ask them to take some action to control their dog or leave the park. If you do not feel safe or a polite request has no effect, call Animal Control at The Nebraska Humane Society.

Can I bring my young children to the dog park?
We strongly recommend you do not bring young children to the dog park. Young children, especially running children, may be regarded as prey animals by strange dogs. Dogs may also feel the urge to protect children they know. This tends to cause aggressive behavior.