Plenty of places for the puppies to play! Hillsborough South East Dog Parks

Open daily from sunrise to sunset, Saladino Dog Park offers two separate access areas for small and large dogs.

By Madeline Gardner

Do you have an energetic four-legged friend and want to enjoy the summer weather? Local dog parks in Southeast Hillsborough County are the way to go with a wealth of opportunities to support a wide range of community members and their pets’ needs. Stretching from the Apollo Beach area to Seffner, each designated space offers a series of benefits and amenities that cater to visiting dogs and their families.

Open from sunrise to 9 p.m., the Apollo Beach Dog Park along Golf and Sea Boulevard is unstaffed and regulated by Hillsborough County. The space includes dog water fountains, a rinse station, agility obstacles, hills and pole elements for training. Two separate access areas, separated from each other, exist for small and large dogs. A hitch post and receptacles for dog gloves round out the pet facilities, but resources for owners include picnic tables, seating area, and proximity to the tennis court and skate park also in Apollo Beach Park. Visitors should refrain from passing through Wednesday until noon due to maintenance work.

For more information on this park, please call 813-671-7635.

Located along Southeast 3rd Avenue, Dr. Ott’s Dog Park remains another great option for dog owners in Ruskin. Open Thursday through Sunday, the park’s hours are from 7:30 a.m. until sunset. Dr. Hal Ott, a retired local veterinarian and founder of Ruskin Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic, developed this park to provide off-leash space. It is complete with a walking path, chicken coop, picnic tables, high and low grassy areas, benches and separate areas for small and large dogs. Plastic bags are also available throughout the park.

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Saladino Dog Park serves the Brandon area along Bryan Road and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Boasting separate areas for access by small and large dogs, amenities also include picnic tables and shelters, dog washes, a hitching station, dog glove receptacles and various drinking fountains. of water serving humans and dogs. Shaded bathrooms and benches are also available, and the dog park is located in the large Bertha and Tony Saladino Park.

Regulated by Hillsborough County, additional information can be found by calling 813-744-5978.

Mango Dog Park, located along Clay Pit Road, serves the Seffner area daily from sunrise to sunset. The space offers dog washes, water fountains, two separate access areas for small and large dogs, a hitch post, and receptacles for dog gloves. For the owners, there are shelters and picnic tables, toilets and a small playground outside the park.

For more information on the county’s restricted space, please call 813-635-7489.

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