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Chestertown has a dog park and if you listen to the many visitors both local and from out of the area it is the finest they have ever seen. It is almost three acres of fenced area, divided into a large dog park and a small dog park. Each of the two areas have a water station, waste station, benches and each its own fire plug for those male dogs raised in an urban area. There are trees and a large grass area and a walking path along the inside as well as a play area immediately inside the dog doubled gated entrance area with a surface of degraded granite. The degraded granite eliminates the dreaded mud area which is seen in many of the grass surfaced dog parks. The corners of the fenced area have been rounded to prevent the cornering of a dog by another aggressive dog.

A dog park provides an opportunity for dog owners to exercise their dogs off lease and to help them stay healthy. In addition, it allows the dogs and their owners to socialize and to form relationships with one another.The Chestertown dog park is located at the east side of the town with the main entrance off of Schauber Road. To get to Schauber Road you would go east on State Route #291, Morgnec Rd., approximately one half mile from the intersection of Route #213 and #29l on the north side of town. There is a small parking lot located at the second driveway on the right off of Schauber Road and the dog park is less than 50 yards from the parking lot. The dog park is part of The Bailey Park complex which has a paved walking trail around its outer edge.

There has been a non-profit formed so that we can reach out to dog owners and to people who just love dogs. “The Friends of the Chestertown Dog Park, Inc.” who’s sole purpose is to aid in the effort to make the dog park as good as it can be. Every dollar donated goes directly into the dog park, helping us to maintain it as well as to purchase amenities to enhance the dog park. Those who wish to donate can do so by sending their contribution to: “The Friends of the Chestertown Dog Park, Inc., 208 Glen Street, Chestertown, Md.( Your donation may be used as a tax deduction).

The Chestertown Dog Park is a great off-leash dog park in Chestertown, Maryland. This dog park is just outside the town, about a one-mile drive and is part of the Bailey Park Complex. There is a parking lot for users of the facility which is located down the second driveway exit off Schauber Road. All dogs need to be walked on their leashes the remaining fifty yards to the designated off-leash area. This dog park in Chestertown covers almost three acres of ground and caters for both large and small pups by assigning them their individual compounds to cavort in. The Chestertown Dog Park is also fully fenced, so no pooch is going to do a runner and head back to town under their own steam. While the dog park doesn’t boast a lot of amenities like agility equipment or tunnels, the dogs enjoy letting their fur down in the open fields and having a good leg stretch. There are a couple of fire hydrants for the machos among them to scent mark and for the canine femme fatales to sniff at. To take a pup to this dog park in Chestertown, pet parents need to have passed their sixteenth birthday. Anyone under that age, but only from ten upwards, needs to be accompanied by an adult. Under tens have to stay home with their grandparents or siblings as they are not allowed in the off-leash areas. Ten to sixteen-year-olds need to understand they are there to watch their fur sibling play, not to join in with the chase. What they are allowed to chase, the same as all pet parents and prospective pet parents is puppy poop at the Chestertown Dog Park. Good dog park habits can never start too young. So long as poop mitts and poop bags are used correctly, even the youngest pet parent is more than capable of fulfilling the poop scooping rules. Everyone learns by example, and that includes correct hand-washing methods when a pet parent arrives home too.

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