On most Sundays I have a ritual of meeting up with my friends at a local dog park for a long walk and a long talk. We call it four-legged therapy, the dogs call it freedom. There's just something about going to this particular park that lets me relax and I put my guard down which I usually don't do at other dog parks in the area, but I really think it has to do with the people that go there. They aren't on their phones, they aren't pretentious or bullies, it's very easy to strike up a conversation, and usually the dogs are really well behaved. My dogs have been attacked many times at several other "popular" dog parks so I've stopped going for years now and found that this is a haven in all the madness. Looking at the pictures above you can tell that the dogs have a great time too!
So, as a Landscape Architect I'm curious to know what you feel makes a great dog park. Off leash? Water for swimming? Wide open space? Large dog/small dog separation? Amenities like a cafe or dog wash station? What makes your dog happy? What makes you happy? Let me know, I'm curious.