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Ferndale Dog Park

The Ferndale Dog Park is located inside Wilson Park, located off Hilton Road, just south of Nine Mile Road. The dog park is only open to Ferndale residents who have a membership. This park features several amenities for Ferndale's four-legged friends and their owners, including safe key card access, fenced play areas for large and small dogs, sitting areas, dog water stations, waste pickup stations, urine-resistant shrubbery, and more.


Membership

To qualify for membership, residents must first complete a one-time dog safety course. This class is currently being offered virtually. Click here to sign up for the course.

After completing the course, residents must:

  • Fill out a membership application
  • Provide proof of Ferndale residency
  • Provide present Oakland County dog licensing information
  • Provide current vaccination records
  • Submit a $40 application fee
  • Choose park access preference (key fob is $10, digital is no cost)

All application materials can be submitted via the electronic application form. If you are unable to submit the materials electronically, physical copies can be left in the dropbox outside of the Kulick Center, or they can be emailed to Program Specialist Emanuel Johnson at ejohnson@ferndalemi.gov.

Emanuel Johnson will contact you to process payment once all required materials have been submitted. If you prefer to use a check or cash to process payment, this can also be left in the dropbox outside the Kulick Center. Checks must be made payable to the City of Ferndale.  

Rules

To ensure a safe environment for dogs and humans, we ask that all members adhere to the following rules of use: 

  • To visit the dog park, all dog owners must purchase an annual membership with the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Proof of required medical records and a current dog license must be presented to purchase a membership.
  • Dogs must be healthy, fully vaccinated, parasite-free, licensed, and wearing identification tags.
  • Dogs with a history of aggressive behavior are prohibited.
  • Memberships cannot be issued to puppies less than 4 months old due to vaccination concerns.
  • Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs. While in the enclosure, dogs are allowed to be off the leash, but not out of control or out of the owner's sight.
  • All off-leash dogs must be under the voice control of their owners at all times.
  • The maximum number of dogs per adult is 2 and both dogs must remain in the same run area as their owner. Owners cannot leave the dog(s) in the run area without supervision.
  • Dogs must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) at all times. Children ages 5-17 may only visit the dog park with an adult.
  • Dogs in heat are not permitted at the park.
  • Owners must clean up after their dog(s). Efforts will be made by the City of Ferndale to provide bags and waste receptacles in the park. Be prepared to address your pets' waste by having a bag with you in the event the dispensers are empty.
  • No smoking, glass containers, or human food of any kind are allowed anywhere in the park. This is to ensure the park stays clean and prevents dogs from begging for food or showing aggressive behavior.
  • Do not allow anyone into the park that does not have a membership. This is for you and your pets' safety. Encourage visitors to pick up a packet of information and register to become a member.

Failure to comply with the above rules may result in a revocation of your membership. Refunds shall not be provided for revoked or suspended privileges. 

Notice a problem? Please report it to the Ferndale Parks & Recreation Department at 248-544-6767. If emergency injuries or altercations occur, call 911. If non-emergency animal-related injuries or altercations occur, call Oakland County Animal Control at 248-391-4102.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, feel free to reach out to Program Specialist Emanuel Johnson at ejohnson@ferndalemi.gov.

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