The Canine Club

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Canine Club (map it)
6700 Appomattox Drive

Since opening September 4, 2010, the City’s family paw park facility has become on of the City’s most popular parks. Residents bring their canine family members to frolic while they enjoy the outdoors, shelters and seating areas. The park is located off Appomattox Drive, just west of the North Port Boulevard intersection. 

The park includes decorative perimeter fencing, separate areas for large and small dogs (totaling 1 1/2 acres), shade structures, landscaping, berms that serve as a buffer for the neighborhood surrounding the park, a concrete roadway, 33 grass parking spaces, and restrooms.  

In October 2015, the City completed improvements to the park including the addition of pedestrian pathways connecting the entrances to the pavilions and seating areas; new sod and sprinkler system; additional seating; new trees; replacement of deteriorating water fountains and waste bag stations; addition of dog cooling stations; and new canine agility equipment. As part of the project, the City collaborated with People for Trees, Inc. and Scout Troop #157 for the donation and planting of a new tree to enhance the entry landscaping.

For sanitary control and prevention of mosquito breeding sources, plastic wading pools are not allowed in the Canine Club facility.

Thank you for your cooperation and support of the Canine Club.


  • The Canine Club - GUIDELINES FOR USE
    This is an unsupervised facility. Users of the park do so at their own risk.

    Park Hours:  The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily, except Wednesday mornings when the park is closed until 12:00noon for routine maintenance.

    Handlers are responsible for removing and disposing of dog waste. Scoop the Poop. Bag It & Trash It!

    All dogs must be vaccinated and display current tags.

    The off-leash dog areas are for dogs and their handlers only.

    Handlers must be at least 18 years old.

    Visitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Handlers may not bring more than three (3) dogs at any one time.

    Handlers must have one leash in their possession for every dog they bring to the park.

    Dogs must be on leash once entering and exiting the park, including the parking lot. No leash/lead longer than six (6) feet.

    Any dog displaying aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs shall immediately be removed from the park by its handler.

    Dogs in heat, pregnant or lactating are prohibited from the park.

    Puppies under four (4) months old are not permitted in the park.

    Handlers must fill any holes dug by their dog(s).

    Please use the appropriate area for your dog. Small dog area has a twenty (20) pound limit.

    No food allowed for both people and dog(s). Glass drink containers are prohibited.

    Abandonment of dogs is prohibited and punishable by law.

    Owners and handlers are legally responsible for their dog(s) and should keep close contact and within voice command at all times.


    All incidents and injuries must be reported to the
    Parks & Recreation Division by calling 429-PARK (7275).