Contact Information

Contact Information

Parks and Recreation Department


Off-leash recreation area for dogs (Nesbitt Ave and W 111th St)

Park Amenities
Restrooms (seasonal)

This 25-acre site is a dog's dream: A large grassy area, hills, separate fenced area, trees and even a pond.  

*Map not to scale

Bloomington off-leash site rules

  • Dogs must be licensed in the city in which you live.
  • Dogs must be under voice control at all times.
  • Dog handlers must closely supervise their dogs and be within view.
  • Dog handlers must have leashes in hand at all times.
  • Clean up after your dog.
  • Children must be supervised.
  • Maximum two dogs per handler.
  • Leash dogs while entering and exiting the area. 
Off-Leash Recreation Area Tips
Practical Rules for off-leash areas

The scoop on poop

Many people believe that disposing poop in the trash is environmentally irresponsible. In fact, it's the dog poop left on the ground that poses the greater environmental threat. We all know that poop is "fertilizer," but we may not all realize that these nutrients flow directly, or via storm sewers, to our lakes, ponds and streams. Leaving poop near water, on sloped ground, or on paved surfaces is irresponsible and the real consequence is water pollution!

Other people believe that it's OK to let the poop biodegrade "as nature intended." However, biodegradation is a slow process, especially when the weather is cold. With the large number of dogs using off-leash areas, poop accumulates faster than it degrades. The accumulation exposes our pets to harmful parasites and our shoes, cars and homes to unpleasant dog poop contamination (do you know what your dog is stepping in?). Also, there are some dogs that EAT poop. Please don't add to their diet!

Few people realize that the most important reason to pick up poop is to help reform our reputation with the general public. Abandoned poop piles foster the notion that dog owners are rude and irresponsible, and that dogs are a public nuisance. Indeed, we cannot defend a dog owner who lets their dog poop in a public space (or in somebody's yard) and then leaves the mess for others to smell, look at, step in or clean up. Like it or not, off-leash recreation is a controversial issue for local governments and there is a strong anti-dog sentiment that persists in the political process. Dog poop tops the list of complaints about dogs, far exceeding concerns about dog aggression and public safety. POOP KILLS public opinion! And public opinion is what matters most in efforts to obtain recreational space that we can enjoy with our dogs.

Please understand that these off-leash areas are maintained entirely by the goodwill of site users, not by tax-supported public servants. Your action sets an example, good or bad, for others who use these areas. There may be a time that you find yourself without a bag or simply miss seeing your dog "do its business." Please pick up a stray poop pile to offset that pile that someone else picks up for YOU! Better yet, carry extra bags to offer would-be offenders or pick up a few stray piles along the path. It's everyone's job to help keep our site clean.

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Copyright © 2000 by ROMP, Roseville
Release 09/00