The Dog Park at Jack Carter Park

The city of Plano has a very nice dog park that is the perfect place to let your dogs off the leash to run around and play. Since our puppy finally turned 4 months old and is old enough to go in we decided to go check it out. Let’s take a tour of the Dog Park at Jack Carter Park.

The park has a designated small dog area (great for dogs under 30 pounds) and large dog area (for those dogs over 30 pounds). The gates are totally separate to enter. Our dog, Lucky is just about at 30 pounds but since he’s still a puppy we decided to stay in the smaller dog area and I’m glad we did at this visit.

Both areas are a good size and have some seating areas along with a track that goes around. Both areas also have several stations filled with bags to help you clean up after your dogs and fountains for your dogs to drink water.


Dogs love to for a chance to run and play without being on their leash and this is the perfect place! Before you go, it’s a good time to know some of the basic rules of the park for safety and security of the dogs and others.

Dog Park Rules and Info

  • Great for dogs 4 mths and older
  • 3 dog limit per person
  • Dogs must wear current tags and registration at the park
  • Always look after your own dog and scoop the poop!
  • Enter the gates correctly and safely to avoid any issues when entering or leaving.
  • A note to remember, the park is closed every Thursday for maintenance from sun up until 4 pm.

Location: 2215 Pleasant Valley Dr. 

Contact 972-941-2275 for information or current conditions.

Recent Renovations

A dog owner I visited with told me that the large dog area had been closed to fix some draining issues. Apparently anytime the large dog side had some rain it had a hard time going away which caused the water to sit and that would cause mud. Mud and dogs do not mix well together! The problem has now been fixed to leave it good as new for all the dogs to play now.

I loved seeing all the dog owners visiting with one another and enjoying the nice morning. We will definitely be back with Lucky. Can you tell he had a wonderful time? He literally ran so much that he eventually crashed in the grass and needed to rest! He also was so tried the rest of the (which was great!!)

Have you been to the dog park in Plano or visited another dog park nearby? Tell us in the comments!


Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic’ em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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