Dog Exercise Areas
The City of Middleton ordinances allow for pets on leashes on all trails in city parks and/or conservancy areas. It is our hope that pet owners will use this facility on the permit basis provided. Parks and Recreation staff will have the ability to enforce the annual and daily permit system in the pet area.
The dog exercise area is part of the 146-acre Metropolitan Refuse District (MRD) property that is co-owned by the City of Middleton, the Village of Shorewood Hills, and the Village of Waunakee. The facility has been open to the public since August 11, 2001. A 3-acre small dog area opened for use in 2013.
Metropolitan Community Park
5209 County Highway Q
8:00 am - 10:00 pm daily
Penni Klein Park
8780 Airport Road
8:00 am - 10:00 pm daily
All dog park permits are valid at all Dane County Parks, the City of Middleton, the City of Sun Prairie, and the Village of Waunakee. Additional information is available from the Public Lands Department at (608) 821-8360.
- Dog owners are legally and financially liable for injuries or damages caused by their dog(s). Wis. Stat. Ann. 174.02(1).
- All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated.
- Dogs are required to wear a visible, municipal license, and I.D. tag. Wis. Stat Ann. 95.21(2).
- A Daily or Annual Dog Park Permit is required D.C. Ord.53.02(2)
- Aggressive dogs are prohibited from the park.
- Any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior must be removed from the park immediately.
- The owner/handler must be in control of his/her dog(s) at all times. The dog must be within view and under the voice control of the owner/ handler.
- Dog waste must be cleaned up and placed in the proper receptacle by the owner/handler.
- Female dogs in season (heat) are not allowed in a Dog Park.
- Dogs must be leashed and restrained by a 6-foot static leash when entering and leaving the off-leash area. The owner/handler must have the leash in his/her possession at all times.
A Safety Message:
- Many plants, fungi, and water resources may be poisonous to your dog.
- Vegetation may have burrs or seeds that could get tangled in your dog’s coat or lodged in your dog’s ears or eyes.
- Wild animals, particularly skunks, raccoons, opossum, or badgers could be dangerous to your dog.
- “Batchers” (or dog thieves) have been known to take unleashed dogs when they are out of the owner's sight. You must keep your dog within sight at all times.
- Dogs can easily become lost in large areas, especially in the winter when their sense of smell is less keen because of the cold and snow.
- Do not confine your dog in a vehicle in extreme hot or cold temperatures.