About the Dog Park
A dog and owner recreation facility is a very desirable amenity for the Village and surrounding community, guests, and baby boomers seeking a place to retire, and offers many advantages:
For The Dogs:
For the Owners:
The Hot Springs Village Dog Park is located in the former HSV boat and RV storage facility on Desoto Park Drive at the base of the Lake Desoto dam. It is across from the HSV lawn bowling facility. The site is centrally located in the Village and has easy access off Desoto Blvd. and Toledo Dr. The storage facility was closed in July of 2012 and offers a large number of advantages for the economical construction of the park.
The site is approximately 1.5 acres of level open area and is divided into two sections for use by large and small dogs. An existing parking lot is located adjacent to the park. The outside fence has been modified to provide for handicapped parking spaces just outside the park gate.
Half of the play surface in each park is covered with 2" - 3" of double hammered mulch and the other half is covered by a 2" thick "crusher jaw chip" stone surface which is a fine mesh stone used for paths and bench areas. A somewhat larger smooth river pebble is used around the sitting areas and water fountain sites to facilitate drainage and prevent mud. Landscaping may be installed in the future if funds become available to allow a plant irrigation system.
Benches for the owners have been installed at the shade structures and throughout the park and play structures for the dogs will be positioned at selected locations as funds are available.
The shade areas with their benches and proximity to a watering station provide a place for animal lovers to congregate and be the social center of each of the park sections. The shade shelters are installed in the spring and removed for the winter season.