|Sparky awaits his entrance to Walnut Creek - Shramm Park|
He didn't want me to have to drive all the way to Hefflinger Dog Park in Omaha, but wanted to celebrate by finding a park nearby where he could run, play, and maybe make a new canine pal. Sparky doesn't have Facebook so the whole friend thing requires I provide him face-to-face sniff time.
We set out on an unusually hot day, having searched online for DOG PARKS in Plattsmouth, then Cass county, then Sarpy county, finding nearly nothing to satisfy his pent-up desire for a birthday romp in tall grass. After about 30 minutes online, we found a three parks near the Bellevue, Papillion and LaPlatte areas off 370. Sparky asked me to share what we found with the other Cass County dogs on my blog, since he doesn't have his own Twitter account either.
Bellevue, LaPlatte, NE / Capehart Off-Leash Dog Park
|Sparky had a good run at Capehart and 23rd in Bellevue|
Bellevue, NE / Jewell Off-Leash Dog Park
|It's clean, it's nice. But it's not interesting enough to hang out.|
Omaha, Papillion, NE / Walnut Creek - Schramm Off-Leash Dog Park
Due to a mix of short and tall grasses, dry prairie, waterfront, mixed width paths, and three seating areas, the off-leash park at Walnut Creek was Sparky's and my favorite. Trash bags are provided to tote out any leave-behinds, parking is close and shaded, and this park provides multi-season interest. It felt like the largest of the three parks we visited. We've been back several times, finding mid-week peaceful with rarely another dog in sight. Sparky loves the long runs, tall grasses, sounds of crickets and plant diversity with trees, shrubs, shade, water and several interesting pathways. Additional photos, a map and directions can be found here.
Sparky's fourth birthday was a hit.
He's hoping other dogs will benefit from what he learned while off leash.
He'd share adventures on his own blog, but he's barely learned how to sit, and typing is out of the question.