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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Grass Off-Leash Dog Park at Las Colonias to Close for the Season

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The east side and middle sections of the grass off-leash Dog Park at Las Colonias will close on October 10, 2022, for the season. The park will reopen in June 2023. While the dog park sections on the east side and the middle are closed, the two woodchip dog parks on the west side are open year-round for owners and their furry friends. One section is for older and small dogs, and the other section is for active and large dogs. The multiple fenced sections in the dog park help keep grass areas healthy and enjoyable for community members and visitors while maintaining safe, year-round access to the off-leash park for dogs.  

Each year, city dog parks undergo a rotation of opening and closing to keep the grass and soil healthy for the following year. This is done to maintain the health, quality, and longevity of the turf, which has difficulty recovering from the impacts of use when the grass is dormant in the fall, winter, and early spring. Without this maintenance, the turf would die, and the area would become dusty and get muddy following rainfall. 

In addition to the Dog Park at Las Colonias, the city provides another expansive dog park on the north side of Grand Junction at Canyon View for community members and their furry friends. The Canyon View Dog Park will remain open and is able to handle increased traffic with the seasonal closure of the turf sections at Las Colonias.

The Canyon View Dog Park and the Las Colonias Dog Park are the only areas in city parks where pets are allowed off-leash. Mesa County Animal Control Services enforces the leash law within city limits including issuing citations to owners with pets who are off-leash outside of those designated dog parks. For information on all City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation facilities, view the Parks and Recreation Guide.


Contact: Sara Spaulding, Communications & Engagement Director | 970-985-8180 or

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