Hours of Operation
Fort Woof is open the same hours as Gateway Park, from 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. Note that the park is lighted at night.
The city is currently watering only at midnight. There may be a few occasions when they run it during the day, but only to check heads or after repairs.
Fort Woof is located east of downtown within Gateway Park, north of Interstate 30 between Beach Street and Oakland Boulevard, east of downtown.
From I-30, exit Beach Street (just east of downtown Fort Worth), head north on Beach Street for approximately a quarter of a mile, and turn east (right) at the Gateway Park sign. Then proceed another quarter of a mile; Fort Woof Dog Park will be on your left.
- Dogs must be licensed and have current rabies vaccinations on their tags.
- Dogs belonging to Fort Worth residents must display city license tags issued by Animal Services.
- Dogs to remain on-leash while entering and exiting the designated area.
- Dogs must be kept on-leash until inside the double-gated entry.
- Owners are to stay within the park and within view of their dogs.
- Dogs shall be under the voice control of their owners at all times.
- Any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior must be removed immediately.
- Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dogs.
- Owners must have a visible leash at all times.
- Owners are responsible for removal and disposal of feces of their pets.
- All children must be under strict supervision and an adult must accompany those under the age of 12.
- No puppies under 4 months of age.
- Dogs in heat are not allowed.
- Park users and dog owners assume all risk related to dog park use.
- Small dog area is for animals under 40 lbs. only. Small dogs may play in the large dog area at their own risk, but it is not recommended.
- Owners shall repair any damage done by their dog (i.e., holes dug by the dog).
- The off-leash area shall maintain operational during park hours, unless otherwise posted.
- No food or drink allowed in the dog park.
- Owners waive liability to the city for any injury or damage caused to or by pets during any time while using the park.
What if I see someone break the Fort Woof rules?
Fort Woof was established on the concept that dog owners would police themselves and each other. If you see someone who forgets the rules (i.e., forgets to pick up poop) politely introduce yourself, remind them of the rule, and thank them when they comply with the rule. Fort Worth is full of friendly folks who want to do the right thing. That’s the Fort Woof way!
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