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  • As of May 1, 2019, the daily visit rate has changed to $10 for residents of CA-assessed property and $20 for nonresidents.
  • Please Note: When Columbia DogPark is closed, the entrance gate(s) will be locked and no one is permitted inside the off-leash area.
  • For up to date information regarding Dog Park closures, please call the DogPark Closure Hotline: 410-381-0511.

Columbia DogPark Hours of Operation 2019:*

June, July6am-8:30pm
October-November 27am-6:30pm
November 3–307am-5pm

(*Times are approximate. DogPark Facility Manager has some discretion over opening and closing time depending on available daylight.)

Holiday Hours: 

July 4noon-3pm
New Year’s Daynoon-5pm

The DogPark is CLOSED:

  • Christmas Day
  • Thursday mornings until noon for routine maintenance
  • For inclement weather or unforeseen conditions and circumstances

Call Columbia DogPark Closures Line: 410-381-0511

Welcome to Columbia DogPark, Columbia’s first fenced off-leash dog park!

Columbia DogPark offers recreation for owners and their four-legged friends! The park, owned and operated by Columbia Association (CA), consists of 2.7 acres and provides the venue and opportunity for dogs to get vital exercise and socialization. The area is divided into two separate fenced areas for small and large dogs.

  • Small dog area: A 0.7-acre area for dogs weighing less than 25 pounds
  • Large dog area: Two acres designed for dogs weighing more than 25 pounds
Address:5901 Rivendell Lane, Columbia (Click for directions)

Each area is equipped with benches, a watering station for dogs and multiple waste-disposal locations, each with a supply of pet waste bags.

The first visit can be a little stressful — both for owners and their dogs! First-time visitors might want to consider visiting the park at non-peak times for a less crowded experience. Peak times are Monday through Friday in the early morning or late afternoon, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. If you give your dog a little time to get acclimated, you might be pleasantly surprised, and have a healthier, friendlier and more playful dog!

Please read Columbia DogPark rules and regulations before visiting the park. They serve as helpful guidelines for your visit. All dog owners entering Columbia DogPark are legally responsible for their dogs while in the park or on DogPark grounds.


For more information about registration, please contact Columbia Association’s Open Space Management Office at 410-312-6330 or

Annual registration is $35 for residents of CA-assessed property and $70 for nonresidents, providing unlimited daily visits during regular park hours.

The annual registration is valid from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 and includes an official Columbia DogPark dog tag. Dog tag(s) must be worn by your dog to let others know that your dog has been safely vaccinated against rabies.

Columbia DogPark Daily Visit

For daily visits: We accept cash only at Columbia DogPark. As of May 1, 2019, the daily visit rate is now $10 for residents of CA-assessed property and $20 for nonresidents. You must be able to present proof of current rabies vaccination for your dog(s) during a daily visit.

Payment Options

For annual registration: We accept checks and most major credit cards at our office (9450 Gerwig Lane). Checks should be made payable to Columbia Association. We do not accept cash for annual registrations.

Columbia Association staff monitor the dog park regularly to ensure that park users are properly registered and identified. Users found without proper registration will be asked to exit the park.


The off-leash area is open to all dog owners who register their dog(s) and pay the applicable annual registration fee. You must be the owner of the dog(s) and at least 18 years of age to register for Columbia DogPark. Registration is valid from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 Once your application has been processed, you will receive an official Columbia DogPark dog tag for each registered dog. All registered dogs are required to wear their assigned Columbia DogPark dog tag while inside the park.

Registration for access to the park and receipt of a Columbia DogPark dog tag is dependent upon the receipt of payment and the following required documents:

1. Copy of valid state ID or driver’s license, or CA membership account number
2. Copy of current animal license
3. Copy of current rabies vaccination certificate for each dog registered
4. Signed Columbia DogPark Off-Leash Application and Acceptance of Risk and Release of Liability Waiver Form

Please check with your local governing jurisdiction for more information on animal licenses.

Registration Instructions:

Print, complete and sign the Off-Leash Area Application and the Columbia DogPark Acceptance of Risk and Release of Liability Waiver Form. For payment options, please contact our office.

Completed forms may be mailed or dropped-off along with a copy of the required documents to Columbia Association, Open Space Management Office, 9450 Gerwig Lane Columbia, MD 21046 or by email at or by fax to 410-312-6327.

Columbia DogPark dog tag(s) may be picked up at Columbia Association’s Open Space Management Office during regular business hours of Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 5pm or mailed to your home address.You may also register in person at our office location. If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact Columbia Association’s Open Space Management Office at 410-312-6330.