Cruse Dog Park

Dog Park closure planned Feb. 26-28 (updated dates due to weather) 

Exciting News!  We’re getting ready to install new agility equipment on both sides of the park. 

Due to the amount of work it will take to properly install these pieces, the park will need to be closed for 3 days.

At this time, we’ve scheduled work for Feb. 26-28, weather permitting.

The work will include excavating, setting forms, pouring concrete, curing time, placing the agility equipment, removal of forms, back-filling, and seeding the work areas.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and expect it to be worth the wait. While the park is closed, we encourage you and your four-legged friends to visit some of our other parks around town —
on a leash, of course. 
Construction updates will be posted on our Facebook page.

Questions? Please contact us at 864-1049.

The Park

Cruse Dog Park is the first off-leash dog park in Springfield, Missouri. Officially ‘unleashed’ in November, 2008, the park is a 6-acre, fenced facility for dogs to go off-leash to run, play, socialize and exercise. There is a 4 1/2-acre section for large dogs and a one and a half-acre section for small dogs. The Dog Park gate is open sunrise to sunset.

Dog parks are a great place for your dog to socialize and exercise. A socialized dog make a better pet for you, your children, other humans and other dogs. Dog parks usually offer larger areas for dogs to play than most backyards allow, thus providing a much larger place for your pet to run off-leash in a safe environment.
The park is for registered users only. There is a daily pass for those just passing through town or who wish to ‘test’ the park before becoming a member.


  • Annual Registration Fee: $25 per dog (maximum of 2 dogs per person)
  • Daily Pass available for $10 (per dog), limit of 2 dogs per owner + $10 deposit
  • Daily fee cannot be applied towards an annual pass.

Required Vaccinations

Please note you must provide a current Certificate of Vaccination for Rabies, rabies tag number and pet medical records from a licensed veterinarian documenting current vaccinations for Parvo, Distemper, and Bordetella.

The park is closed every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. For the safety of park patrons and their owners, Cruse Dog Park is locked during that hour. Water fountains are turned on for the season!

FAQs, Application & Rules

In support and cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Citizens Dog Park Committee.