Ah, freedom! The minute the leash comes off your pooch is transformed into a speeding, tongue-lolling, tail-wagging blur. It’s the picture of pure joy.
If you’re new to St. Paul, allow us to introduce you to a dog park where the pup – and you – can socialize.
High Bridge Dog Park
Yelpers are a pretty tough bunch, so when a park receives four stars you know it has to be good.
High Bridge Dog Park, a former coal power plant, is comprised of 7 acres between Shepard Road and the River, beneath the Smith Avenue High Bridge in St. Paul. The area is completely fenced in so you can feel safe letting your dog off the leash.
Some of the few complaints users have about the park is that the gravel parking lot takes a beating in winter and remains potholed and full of mud into spring. There is also no water available so dog-parents bring their own bowls and jugs.
Other than that, High Bridge is popular, especially with locals that live nearby. To make your trip more comfortable for yourself and the pooch, consider the following:
- Dress appropriately for either dust or mud, depending on the season.
- Bring a supply of poop bags. There’s a sort-of kiosk there where you can leave extra bags for those who might have forgotten theirs.
- Bring water, a bowl and a towel to wipe muddy paws before getting back in the car.
One of the positive refrains you’ll hear -- and notice when you visit -- is that there aren’t the usual owner-cliques that you’ll find in other dog parks. Everyone is made to feel welcome.
There is only one entrance to the dog park so your first visit may be a bit tricky. Go to the western end of the High Bridge dog park, the one closest to the parking lot.
You’ll find High Bridge Dog Park at 59 Randolph Avenue in Saint Paul.
Coming soon – we’ll introduce you to another off-leash dog park in St. Paul.