Paducah Dog Park

About the Paducah Dog Park  

Couple walking their dogsIn 2010, the public fundraising began for a dog park at Stuart Nelson Park, located off Park Avenue a few miles west of Noble Park.  The City challenged the public to raise $20,000 toward the Paducah Dog Park and then the City would match that amount.  Parks and Recreation Director Mark Thompson says 85 different donors contributed to the park.  An official opening ceremony was held Wednesday, August 15, 2012.  

The dog park is on an approximately 7-acre tract of land at the eastern end of Stuart Nelson Park.  As you enter Stuart Nelson Park, the dog park is on the right side with the large dog park closest to the park entrance.   

The Paducah Dog Park has water, fencing, shelters, gravel parking, and pet waste receptacles.  The park is partitioned into two sections based upon the weight of a dog with 30 pounds as the dividing weight.  Each fenced section has a water spigot.  Near the entrance of each fenced area is a green box with "Mutt Mitts," degradable bags to allow the easy collection of your dog's excrement.  Each fenced area also has a large shelter so that owners can sit and chat while the pooches play and romp.  The fencing is coated with black vinyl to keep it looking new for years.  In the future, the dog park could have amenities such as dog agility obstacles.

Hours and Rules

The Paducah Dog Park is open seven days a week during the normal hours for Stuart Nelson Park, 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.  Immediately report any problems to the Parks and Recreation Office at 270-444-8508 or .  The rules are as follows:

  1. Owners/handlers are responsible for the behavior of their dogs.
  2. Keep dogs on leashes until they are inside the enclosure.
  3. Owners must keep the leash in hand at all times.
  4. Leash and remove your dog immediately if you sense problems or your dog becomes unruly.
  5. Dogs should never be left unattended.
  6. Aggressive dogs are prohibited.
  7. Female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  8. Human food is prohibited inside the enclosure.  Doggie treats are permissible.
  9. Owners/handlers must clean up after their pets.  Doggie bags are available at the entrances.
  10. All dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  11. Do not allow dogs to dig holes.  If they do, fill holes immediately.
  12. Children under age 15 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
  13. Individuals without dogs are not allowed inside the enclosure.
  14. Smoking is prohibited inside the enclosure.
  15. Secure doors as you enter and leave the enclosure.
  16. Hours of operation and access to the dog park may be restricted during special events or as determined by the Parks and Recreation Director.

Dog Park Fundraising

The City of Paducah thanks all of the sponsors who contributed to the dog park.  Below are the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Blue Ribbon sponsors.    
  • Gold Sponsors ($2500+):  Paducah Summer Festival and Ricky Volner
  • Silver Sponsors ($1000+):  Paducah Kennel Club, Agrium US Inc, Animal Kare Center
  • Bronze Sponsors ($500+):  Cathy Hayden/Kerrie Peck, Lodi Kennels, USEC, Pork Peddler
  • Blue Ribbon Sponsors ($250+):  Chip Wynn Motors, Paducah Ford, Michael and Caroline Cappock, Paducah Harbor B&B, Beverly Pugh, William and Vicky McGee, Lorraine Schramke

For more information about the fundraising efforts and how to make a donation, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 270-444-8508.   Here are ways you can contribute to the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the dog park: 

Sponsorships:  There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities for individuals or companies to support the dog park.  Sponsorship Opportunities >>   

Memorial Plaques:  In memory of a pet, the Parks and Recreation Department accepts orders for small printed plaques in the shape of a dog bone.  The plaques hang on the fence next to the entrance to the large dog section recognizing your support.  Each plaque costs $40 with the profit (approximately $25 per plaque) going toward the dog park improvement effort.  Dog Park Plaque Order Form >> 

Monetary Donations:  Donations can be sent to

Paducah Parks and Recreation Department

Attention: Dog Park
1400 H.C. Mathis Drive
Paducah, KY 42001

Bark for your park grant image

PetSafe Bark for Your Park Grant

PetSafe® notified the City of Paducah in August 2017 that the Paducah Dog Park will be receiving a $10,000 Bark for Your Park grant.  In June, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved applying for the grant.  The funds will be used to implement irrigation and improve drainage at the Paducah Dog Park located at Stuart Nelson Park.  The grant does not require a local funding match.

Mayor Brandi Harless says, “I am thrilled that Paducah is receiving this grant to improve the Paducah Dog Park.  As a dog owner and lover, I value the physical exercise and socialization benefits that the canines and owners receive from visiting our park.”     

Parks and Recreation Director Mark Thompson says, “These grant funds are intended to improve drainage and erosion issues that have come about because we have worn the surface of the Paducah Dog Park thin. We almost love this park too much.”      

PetSafe® received a total of 215 applications with 25 cities receiving funding either in the new park, maintenance, or upgrade categories.

“The goal of Bark for Your Park has always been to help communities become better places to live for people and their pets,” says Willie Wallace, CEO of Radio Systems® Corporation, parent company of PetSafe®.   “Finding a pet-friendly community is more important than ever.  Dog parks are the second must-have amenity people search for when looking for a new city to call home.  Plus, proper exercise and socialization reduces behavior issues, which keeps dogs out of local shelters and rescues.”

Facility Photos

Automatic water
Water spigots in each fenced area 
Dual gate entries
Dual gate entries to allow owners to take leashes off dogs and put them back on to exit
hours of operation sign
Park open seven days a week, 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. 
small dog with hat
"Where's the party?" 

Bone shaped donation plaques
Bone shaped donation plaques next to large dog park entrance
shelter location
Large shelter located in each section of the dog park 
mutt mitt
Mutt Mitt--plastic bags to collect your dog's excrement and keep the park clean
black lab
"I'm ready to run!"

checking out the fences
Fences are black and vinyl-coated
grand opening crowd
Crowd at grand opening held August 15, 2012 
plenty of wide open space
Plenty of room for your dogs to run and play 
shelty
"Which park is mine?"