Fort Woof is Fort Worth’s first off-leash dog park, an ideal place for dogs and their owners to have fun. Fort Woof has two large fenced areas for dogs to roam, a “large dog” side for dogs 40 pounds and more and a separate “small dog” side for dogs weighing less than 40 pounds. Each area has picnic tables (no food of any type in the park, please) and park benches for humans, a watering station for both humans and dogs, and multiple poop-disposal locations, each with a supply of plastic bags (for humans to use when cleaning up after their dogs

The Fort Worth Dog Park Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization that works to keep Fort Woof safe, fun and free. Anyone who is willing to volunteer to keep Fort Woof top dog is welcome to be a member of the Fort Worth Dog Park Association. There are no dues or fees. Members are only required to have a positive attitude, work hard and be fun.

The Fort Worth Dog Park Association hosts Barktoberfest, an annual fall festival to raise money for Fort Woof. Barktoberfest requires a lot of volunteers so if you can, volunteer. The Fort Worth Dog Park Association also engages in donation drives, educational activities, website management and efforts for ongoing dog park improvements.

  • Your dog can run free!
  • Your dog can learn how to interact with other dogs.
  • It’s close to home.
  • You can mingle with other dog enthusiasts.
  • Your dog can mingle with other dog enthusiasts.
  • You get to meet lots of new dogs!


  1. Dogs must be licensed and have current rabies vaccinations on their tags.
  2. Dogs belonging to Fort Worth residents must display city license tags issued by Animal Services.
  3. Dogs to remain on-leash while entering and exiting the designated area.
  4. Dogs must be kept on-leash until inside the double-gated entry.
  5. Owners are to stay within the park and within view of their dogs.
  6. Dogs shall be under the voice control of their owners at all times.
  7. Any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior must be removed immediately.
  8. Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dogs.
  9. Owners must have a visible leash at all times.
  10. Owners are responsible for removal and disposal of feces of their pets.
  11. All children must be under strict supervision and an adult must accompany those under the age of 12.
  12. No puppies under 4 months of age.
  13. Dogs in heat are not allowed.
  14. Park users and dog owners assume all risk related to dog park use.
  15. 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.
  16. Owners shall repair any damage done by their dog (i.e., holes dug by the dog).
  17. The off-leash area shall maintain operational during park hours, unless otherwise posted.
  18. No food or drink allowed in the dog park.
  19. Owners waive liability to the city for any injury or damage caused to or by pets during any time while using the park.



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.

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.

Contact Information

City of Fort Worth Parks Department, Director: Richard Zavala, 817-392-5700, [email protected]