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Downtown Nashville’s Dog Parks + Perks For Pet Owners

March 25, 2022  /  Downtown Nashville Blog

It’s certainly not new news that Nashville is a growing city. It is a major center for music, of course, but it’s also an explosion of cultural attractions, art, activity, and nearly 600 dining and retail destinations within downtown. And… dogs! Nearly 4,000 pups live here and wag their tails on daily strolls throughout downtown’s 1.8 walkable square miles.

Here is a list of dog parks - and other pet amenities - in the downtown neighborhood where you and your furry friends can frolic.

Frankie Pierce Park

Located in downtown’s Capitol View neighborhood, Frankie Pierce Park is the largest green space downtown and has something for everyone—including your furry friends! The fenced-in dog park features a paved walkway and a large area of artificial grass, perfect even for rainy days (no mud!).  While you’re there, enjoy the stroll through the larger park area, which features a playground, yoga lawn, and sand volleyball court.

Downtown Dog Park

Located in Riverfront Park, Downtown Dog Park features artificial grass with a perimeter, so your pup has little chance of getting dirty. Amenities include provided doggy bags and city views for days! From the Downtown Dog Park, go ahead and take a stroll throughout Riverfront Park, cross the river via the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, or connect to the nearby Greenway.

Gulch Dog Park

Located in one of Nashville’s trendiest neighborhoods, the Gulch Dog Park is a beautiful place to walk your pet, with murals painted by local artists located around the grassy space. The park is divided into two fenced sections: a large dog area approximately 3,500 square feet and a small dog area approximately 1,500 square feet, providing your pup plenty of space to play! Amenities include a community hub with a food truck and gathering area for humans. Added bonus: you can make a day out of it with nearby dog-friendly patios and the locally owned pet shop, Pet Wants!

PupsNPlay Dog Park

Located outside Bridgestone Arena on Sixth Avenue, the PupsNPlay Dog Park can't be missed! This gated space features a double gate system for safety, benches, waste stations and a hydration station. This space has been a big hit for the pups of downtown Nashville. You and your pup might even meet Preds mascot Gnash - what a great treat! The park was developed through a partnership between the Predators, Mars Petcare and the City of Nashville.

Other dog-friendly parks downtown include:
Church Street Park*
Cumberland Park*
Nashville Public Square Park*
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park*
Walk of Fame Park*
Victory Park*
*Please leash your furry buddy

With tons of amenities and places to go, downtown Nashville has what you need to keep your lovable best friends looking good, staying healthy, happy, and never hungry! Here are a few to check out:

Bark Public House: Offering doggie daycare and boarding, grooming, and a retail store. Furthermore, you can stay a while, have a drink, and make new friends of your own while your dogs do the same in a socializing play area!

GoodVets: Located in the lively Gulch neighborhood, they proudly care for your wonderful pets! They offer services like wellness plans, routine checkups, diagnostics, advanced surgery, urgent and emergency care.

Pet Wants Nashville: Fresh, nutritious pet food made with the best ingredients possible and delivered to your doorstep. Check out the online selection of food and treats, and find something your best friend will love.

As a friendly, easy-going center city where sophistication and charm blend with a down-home mix, every dog can have its day in downtown Nashville! Discover more places to frolic with your pets on our site, and be sure to let your fur babies in on the downtown fun!

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Dinner with your Dog? Check out our list of downtown’s best dog-friendly patios HERE!