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The Best Dog Park Ever … For Now

If you have a dog and live – or find yourself – in Iowa City, you have to check out the Thornberry Off-Leash Dog Park.

Iowa City is a Big 10 Conference university town – home of the Hawkeyes, and these folks know how to do a dog park right!  Thornberry is located at the very end of Foster Road and Canton Street, and it’s the best dog park we’ve ever been to – so far.

Thornberry Dog Park - Iowa City, IA

Here is the park entrance

This dog park is a fantastic 12 acres!  The amenities include:

  • A huge fenced in area for large dogs.
  • A smaller (but still large) fenced in area for the little guys and gals.
  • A fenced in area for agility training.
  • A fenced in area with a pond for water loving dogs.
  • Running water (but turned off for winter).

The park was mostly grass with walking paths for humans and covered cabanas to get out of rain or direct sun while your dog plays. Also, the park provided eco-friendly disposal bags because all the poop goes down conveniently located pipes to underground cells where it breaks down and decomposes. Check out the photos!

Thornberry Dog Park - Iowa City, IA

Oh beautiful for spacious skies

Thornberry Dog Park - Iowa City, IA

You can’t even see the fence on the far side of the park

Thornberry Dog Park - Iowa City, IA

Amy on one of the walking paths

Thornberry Dog Park - Iowa City, IA

One of the covered cabanas

Thornberry Dog Park - Iowa City, IA

Entrance to the water park!

Thornberry Dog Park - Iowa City, IA

And the pond

Each dog must have a Thornberry tag on their collar to enter the park. The cost of the tag is $25 per year, with a $5 discount if your dog is spayed/neutered. They also offer day passes for $5 if you just happen to be passing through.

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  • Every city should have an off-leash dog park as elaborate as this one.

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