The park is a fenced area that remains locked at all times. To access the park, you must register your dog(s) annually and receive 1 key card that unlocks the gate. Additional key card available for $10. Complete Dog Park Registration & Rules form. For dog obedience training classes see our current Program Guide.
(A limit of 2 dogs per multi Dog Pass is permitted. An application and fees must be paid for each dog over 2 dogs)
- Annual registration fee is required.
- Registration available at Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter Street (see hours of operation).
- Proof of Rabies vaccination /expiration date and assigned rabies tag number from the veterinarian is required at registration.
- A Multi Dog pass is limited to 2 dogs. An additional pass may be purchased for more than two dogs with a completed application and payment of the corresponding fees.
- For each application, a single key card will be issued. Additional key cards may be purchased for $10.
Dog Park Basics:
- A key card is required to enter the park.
- Dogs must have collar with ID, and display rabies vaccination tags at all times.
- Each adult may have a maximum of 2 dogs at a time in the park.
- Children 10 and under are not allowed inside the fenced area.
- Dogs under 6 months of age are prohibited.
- Additional rules listed on registration form.
Dog Park Features:
- 2 acre park, fenced and lighted
- Separate sections for small dogs and for large dogs
- Wood chips for ground cover
- Shade gazebos and benches
- Water fountains
- Pet waste stations
Frequently Asked Questions:
What’s the scoop on poop?
Dog waste bags and trash cans are available throughout the park.
Will my key card work at both dog parks?
The purchase of a dog park pass entitles the user access to both the Hunter Street and Nature Park Dog Parks with a single key card.
Will the park be periodically sprayed for fleas?
No, each pet owner is responsible for their own dog’s treatment.
What happens when a key card expires?
Passholders will be notified either by mail or e-mail approximately one month before their key card expires. They will have that time to come in and renew their key card. Those who don’t renew by their expiration date will have their key cards deactivated the first business day after the key card expires.
Which section should my dog use?
The Town does not have a set limit for what size a dog should be to use either the small or large dog section of the park. However, as a general guideline small dogs are considered to weigh less than 22 lbs or be shorter than 16 inches and large dogs weigh greater than 25 lbs and measure 27 inches or greater at the shoulder. If your small dog is comfortable with large dogs or if you medium size dog is timid and not active then choose which feels best. But always be considerate of others and their pets when choosing which part of the park the use.
Does the Town offer day passes?
At this time day passes are not offered.
How is resident versus non-resident status determined when issuing key cards?
For the purpose of issuing key cards, just like program registration, residency is determined by where the applicant actually resides and whether or not that location is within the Town’s corporate limits as defined by the Apex Planning Department. It is possible that someone can have an Apex address but not reside within the corporate limits.
What is the estimated acreage of the large small dog areas?
At Hunter Street, the small dog area is approximately ½ acre and the large dog area is approximately 1 ½ acres.
Is it acceptable to leave my pet in the park and leave the fenced area?
Pass holders are expected to be on site with their dog whenever their dog is using the park. Leaving your dog unattended at the park will result in immediate revocation of your pass privileges.
Why don’t I get two key cards with a multi-dog pass?
Each application (which allows no more than 2 dogs to be registered) comes with one key card. You may purchase an additional key card for $10.00.
What happens if I lose my key card or it’s stolen?
Lost or stolen key cards should be reported immediately to the Parks and Recreation Department at 919.249.3402. The lost or stolen key card will be deactivated immediately so it cannot be used by an unregistered dog owner. If a key card is lost or stolen, there is a $10.00 replacement fee which covers the cost of the replacement key card.
Why does the TOA charge for use of the Dog Park?
The Town charges a fee for use of the dog park to help recoup operating costs. The fees are used to offset the cost of things such as personnel, dog bags, re-mulching, and routine maintenance.
What should I do in the event of a dog bite?
Notify the Apex Police Department immediately at 919.362.8661 and the Apex Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department at 919.249.3402 as soon as possible.
What should I do if I see problems with other park users and their dogs or witness other problems / acts that are not permitted at the park?
Depending on the severity of the issue, notify the Apex Police Department and/or Apex Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources. The Town’s goal is to make the dog park experience as pleasurable as possible for all users.
I have 3 or more dogs I would like to register, but the application only has space for 2 dogs. How do I register additional dogs?
Each application limits an adult to register 2 dogs. Additional dogs must be registered and the single and or multi-dog fee paid. For each application a single key card is provided.
Additional Information: 919- 249-3402