1. Attention Members
    Cruse Dog Park will be closed through Monday, March 1, due to a gate failure that took place Friday afternoon. We are awaiting delivery of a part needed for repairs. We know you and your pups have cabin fever and want to play outside, and we’re really sorry! Watch Facebook for updates.
  2. Coronavirus Update
    Cruse Dog Park remains open, members are advised to not congregate in groups of 10 or larger.  Read more on Coronavirus related closures here.
  3. Coronavirus & Membership

    Cruse Dog Park memberships may be purchased or renewed in-person at Chesterfield Family Center or drive-up by appointment at the Parks Administration Office.

    Steps for Drive-Up Registration:
    • Staff will be available at Parks Administration Office, Tuesday and Thursday mornings (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) by appointment only.
    • Anyone wishing to register their dog for the Park must call 417-864-1332 to speak with staff to make an appointment for curb-side registration.
    • In an effort to expedite the process, patrons are asked to either print a completed copy of the application or fill it out on-site. 
    • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their pet medical records from a licensed veterinarian including Certificate of Vaccination for Rabies and Parvo. Those copies are kept on file. 
    • Staff will process payments and issue an activated fob for gate access to the Park.
    Membership Renewals:
    • Cruse Dog Park membership renewals may be done at Chesterfield Family Center or by mail or email.
    • The renewal form is available for print here
    • Renewal form, current vaccinations records and payment may be mailed to Springfield-Greene County Park Board, 1923 North Weller, Springfield, MO 65803 Attn: Cruse Dog Park or paperwork may be downloaded or printed and scanned and emailed to Stefanie.mccall@springfieldmo.gov. Please ensure that you include a phone number and staff will contact you to take your credit card payment over the phone.
    • Please do not include credit card information in email.
    • If your access fob has been deactivated, it will be reactivated.
    • A copy of your receipt will be mailed.
    Read more on Coronavirus related closures here.

Cruse Dog 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: $35 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 toward 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.

FAQs, Application & Rules

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