In 2010, the public fundraising began for a dog park at Stuart Nelson Park, located off Park Avenue a few miles west of Noble Park. The City challenged the public to raise $20,000 toward the Paducah Dog Park, and then the City would match that amount. Parks & Recreation Director Mark Thompson says 85 different donors contributed to the park. An official opening ceremony was held Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
The dog park is on an approximately 7-acre tract of land at the eastern end of Stuart Nelson Park. As you enter Stuart Nelson Park, the dog park is on the right side with the large dog park closest to the park entrance.
The Paducah Dog Park has water, fencing, shelters, gravel parking, and pet waste receptacles. The park is partitioned into two sections based upon the weight of a dog with 30 pounds as the dividing weight. Each fenced section has a water spigot. Near the entrance of each fenced area is a green box with Mutt Mitts, degradable bags to allow the easy collection of your dog's excrement. Each fenced area also has a large shelter so that owners can sit and chat while the pooches play and romp. The fencing is coated with black vinyl to keep it looking new for years. In the future, the dog park could have amenities such as dog agility obstacles.
The Paducah Dog Park is open seven days a week during the normal hours for Stuart Nelson Park, 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Immediately report any problems to the Parks & Recreation Office at 270-444-8508 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The rules are as follows:
The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department hosted a public meeting April 26, 2018, to view the plans for Paducah Dog Park improvements. Approximately 40 people attended and provided feedback on the enhancements which will be completed in phases.
The enhancements will be funded in part by the $10,000 Bark for Your Park grant through PetSafe® that the City received in August 2017. Paducah is one of 25 cities receiving the grant to implement irrigation and improve drainage and erosion issues at the Park. PetSafe® received 215 competitive applications.
The first phase was completed from August through November 2018 with drainage and irrigation improvements and new turf grass over the newly irrigated section. Plus, the entrances to the dog parks sections were made accessible by providing concrete pads or pavers, and concrete pads were placed in the water fountain areas. The next phase would include new benches, parking areas, walkways, and a dog obstacle course/agility area.
Pictured is a rendering of the phases. The brown squiggly area is the proposed agility area (Phase II). The blue arrows show the drainage flow pattern. The green area with circles depicts the region that was irrigated with new turf grass (Phase I).
The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department is inviting the public to attend a reopening ceremony for the Paducah Dog Park on Thursday, December 20 at 3 p.m. There will be gift bags distributed to the first 50 dogs in attendance in addition to drawings for door prizes. You must be present to win.
The large dog section of the park closed August 1 for a construction project to improve drainage and add irrigation. Improvements also include new accessible concrete entry areas and a concrete area around the water fountain. The park reopened on November 30.
The upgrades to the Paducah Dog Park were funded in part by a $10,000 Bark for Your Park grant through PetSafe® with the City of Paducah contributing another $10,000 toward the project. PetSafe® received 215 competitive applications and notified Paducah in 2017 that it would be one of 25 cities receiving a grant.
During construction, the Parks Department transformed a nearby softball field into a temporary dog park so that the larger dogs could continue to have a place to play.
The City of Paducah thanks all of the sponsors who have contributed to the dog park. Below are the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Blue Ribbon sponsors.
For more information about the fundraising efforts and how to make a donation, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 270-444-8508. Here are ways you can contribute to the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the dog park:
Sponsorships: There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities for individuals or companies to support the dog park. Sponsorship Opportunities >>
Memorial Plaques: In memory of a pet, the Parks and Recreation Department accepts orders for small printed plaques in the shape of a dog bone. The plaques hang on the fence next to the entrance to the large dog section recognizing your support. Each plaque costs $40 with the profit (approximately $25 per plaque) going toward the dog park improvement effort. Dog Park Plaque Order Form >>
Monetary Donations: Donations can be sent to
Paducah Parks & Recreation Department
Attention: Dog Park
1400 H.C. Mathis Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
Bone shaped donation plaques next to large dog park entrance
Large shelter located in each section of the dog park
Mutt Mitt--plastic bags to collect your dog's excrement and keep the park clean
"I'm ready to run!"