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Please Note: When the Columbia DogPark is closed, the entrance gate(s) will be locked and no one is permitted inside the off-leash area.

Columbia DogPark Hours of Operations: Open Daily

November 6 – December 31, 20167:00am – 5:30pm
January – March, 20177:00am – 5:30pm
April – June,  20176:00am – 8:00pm
July – September, 20176:00am – 8:30pm
October – 2017 / Daylight Savings End7:00am – 6:30pm

Holiday Hours – 12:00pm to 5:00pm for:

  • New Year’s Day
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving

DogPark is CLOSED:

  • Christmas Day
  • Thursday mornings until 12:00pm for routine maintenance
  • For inclement weather or unforseen conditions and circumstances
  • Closure posted at

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 .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, MD 21044 (Click for directions)

Off-Leash Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk; Open Year Round
(PLEASE NOTE: The off-leash area is closed Thursday mornings for maintenance) 

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.


Columbia DogPark Administrative Office will be transitioning from the current registration and renewal system with staggered anniversary date to a yearly renewal system from January 1 to December 31.

For more details on how this affects your registration, please contact Columbia Association’s Open Space Management Office, at (410) 312-6330 or email .

Annual Registration is $35 for Residents and $40 for Non-Residents, and unlimited daily visits during regular park hours. The annual registration is valid for one (1) calendar year, January 1 through December 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

The daily visit rate for Columbia DogPark is $5 for Residents (R) and  $6 for Non-Residents (NR).  You must be able to present proof of current rabies vaccination for your dog(s) during a daily visit.

Payment Options

We accept cash or checks and most major credit cards. Checks should be made payable to Columbia Association.

Columbia Association staff monitors 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 for one (1) calendar year, January 1 through December 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
2. Copy of current dog(s) license
3. Copy of current rabies vaccination certificate for each dog registered
4. Signed Columbia DogPark Acceptance of Risk & 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, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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 us at (410) 312-6330. 

Dog Day Afternoon has been postponed until Saturday, May 20 due to the rainy weather forecast to continue on into this weekend. Learn More