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Brookdale Dog Park

Brookdale Dog Park in Montclair, NJ, is a dog-friendly, fully-fenced pup recreation area. The dog park features separate spaces for large and small dogs, agility equipment, running water, waste bags and gravel mulch. There is a limit of two dogs per person and no puppies under 4 months old. Please note the surface area is pebbles. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Brookdale Dog Park has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 30 canine critics on BringFido.

Visitors generally enjoy the clean, spacious dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as amenities like water stations and waste bags. They note some issues with aggressive dogs and irresponsible owners, advising caution.

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  • Apurva
    Jun 30, 2024
    Great size however the pebbles are rough on dog paws!

    Park is a good size, located in the Brookdale park and is surrounded by trees. There is a separate park for small dogs. My only complaint is that the park is practically useless bc of the pebbles used for ground cover. It hurts my dog’s paws if he runs - which is the whole point of the park.

  • Jacob
    Aug 3, 2022
    Great but watch out

    This place is great. Clean and they have an area for big dogs and small dogs. They have a cleaning station, water station, time out section, and poop bags. My only thing is that some owners that come here have dogs that tend to be very mean and won’t leave when the dog is getting aggressive. Not always an issue since most dogs are very friendly and so are the owners but once in a while there are a couple meanies so just keep an eye out.

  • Rose
    Feb 21, 2022
    Small dog park and large dog park

    small dog park and large dog park are basically the same size. a lot more seating in small dog park area. trees in dog park area. multiple waste receptacles. can get very muddy and sludge-like walking experience. lots of dogs. mostly responsible visitors. lots of dogs walking in the overall park around the dog park. signage is small and hard figure out. I just followed the area with the most people walking with dogs to find it. my dog was not as energetic as at other dog parks. lots of playground equipment even though most dogs don’t use it. with all the obstacles within the dog park, it’s hard to follow your dog. lots of people there even in the middle of weekday. definitely need to be social and vigilant

  • Stasi
    Aug 17, 2021
    Great dog park

    My pups and I are driving a lot these days, and schedule a dog park stop at least every day. The Brookdale Dog Park is a lovely spot - my dogs ran freely and enjoyed ready water as well. The people were friendly, and so were their dogs.

  • Alex
    Aug 8, 2021
    Amazing dog park 2 miles from home

    Great dog park. Super close to home. Great surrounding park for humans too. Water source available.

  • Ruby
    Apr 18, 2021
    Small Dog Area

    The park is a great park big, clean etc.. However the SMALL DOG AREA is CLOSED. Any idea when this will be open?Thank you

  • Nicole
    Apr 17, 2021
    Best dog park in NJ

    Our mini Aussie has loved Brookdale since day one— she actually met her best friend, another mini Aussie here! It’s larger, size separated and the trees within the actual dog park itself is an extra perk!

  • Ruby
    Jan 22, 2021
    Best dog park!

    I attended this park for the first time and I am very impressed. There are large and small dog sections with many trees and play structures. There are multiple entrances and connections, as well as a time out section! I found the dogs to be very well behaved. Must have met 10 dogs of all sizes and I was impressed by how calm and friendly all the pups were. I think the extra space made my dog more comfortable and able to control who she played with. Will be returning soon

  • Janice
    May 22, 2019
    Excellent all around place!

    We were traveling from MA to MD with our 2yr old Dog. 9 hours was too long without a good run. Searching this website, I found this dog park! Close to the GSPW. Great parking. Beautiful walking trails. The dog park was perfect. Lots of shade. Benches. Poop bags and barrel. Fresh water and even water bowls. We stayed an hour. Tired our girl out. Great spot! Don’t miss out on it.

  • Amanda
    Feb 19, 2019
    Vicious White Argentinean Mastiff frequents park

    Last weekend my 70lb GSMD puppy was attacked within seconds of entering the large dog section. This non-neutered, unregistered, mastiff left the group it was playing with to bite my dog. I and the owner of the attacking dog had to pull his dog off mine as he was over top over my dog pinning him to the ground. The owner was completely unapologetic and lied to the police. His dog is aggressive by nature and he is clearly being negligent in his training of his dog Cosmo. Please stay away from this dog to avoid future headaches and medical bills!!!!

  • Mia
    Dec 13, 2018
    Great Park!

    Love this dog park! There is the occasional irresponsible owner but very rarely. Highly recommend!

  • Mia
    Dec 11, 2018
    Not Controlled

    It’s very nice but prone to fights.... Some trying to pick fights with my dog. But this is only because of irresponsible owners. So if u plan to go I would just be careful.

  • Nicolette
    More than a year ago
    Presley and I love this place!!

    Every day that I’m off from work, I bring my fur baby, Presley. He has his set friends and absolutely LOVES going there. It’s wonderful.

  • Gina
    Aug 23, 2018
    Great Dog Park

    I have two small dogs, a Miniature pincher and a teacup Yorkie. This is by far my favorite dog park in north jersey. Mostly because of the space the dogs have, as well as the items they can climb on. My miniature pincher is super active and it allows him to relive some energy in a safe place. I don't have to worry about him sneaking out if hes out of my eye sight, like I do with other locations. My Yorkie on the other hand is very timid and gets nervous around other dogs. All the owners seem pretty aware of their dogs, and its big enough that if there are 20 dogs in there it doesn't feel crowded at all. My only issue is that if there is a small dog area and a large dog area please keep your large dogs separate. Yes they might be sweet and play nicely, but small dogs can get scared of the big dogs.

  • Michael ross
    Aug 10, 2018
    It’s my puppies 🐶 happy PLACE

    Our boy Jet Ross, who is our boxer and lab mix puppy. He is our life, We adopted him from “Poor Paws rescue”. He’s 8 months as of 8/18 and about 68pounds and still growing.

    Okay.. enough about Jet more bout the park, Jet has a lot of energy and he’s needs to run. This is a great park to get energy and experience at the same time having FUN. Dog owners here are always nice when we go.
    Also I always learn a thing or two from other dog owners as the dogs are having the time of their life together.

    Hands down!! Go to this park with your dog.
    Small or big. Place for both. ( 2 pens : 1 for big dogs, 1 for small dogs).

    If you see Jet come say Hi. See you there

  • Bobby
    More than a year ago
    Used to be a nice place

    I used to go there about 5 yrs ago because it has 6' fences and my dog (GSD mix) can easily jump over lower fences of other dog parks. Turns out he can also jump over a 6' fence to play with the small dogs when the big dogs got tired of running around. It scared the owners of the little dogs at first but they got to know my dog and that he's very good with small dogs. I do run in and get him back to the big dog area as fast as I can though.

    I stopped because some of the dog owners that frequent the park are clueless with their aggressive dogs. I've seen a 4 month old pit bull that was terrified and the owner did nothing. I had to step in and get other dogs away from her and talked to the young owner what was going on. I've had my dog attacked a few times and owners do nothing or make lame excuses. It's just not worth the hassle anymore.

    I still go to the park and walk around the walkway but I stay away from the dog park.

  • Alana
    More than a year ago
    Amazing experience!

    Today I went to this park for the first time with my morkie puppy. I could not have been more impressed with the whole park. Beautiful dog park with water, agility and plenty of space to run. The owners were all keeping a close eye on their dogs and very friendly. I loved how large the park was and that I could walk around the park with my dog on the paved paths and also could go in the enclosed area for dogs. Beautiful park! I will certainly be back.

  • Christine
    More than a year ago
    love this place

    Next best thing to Central Park

  • BT
    More than a year ago
    Pit bull attacked my dog

    My dog was in the large dog park for about two minutes when a pit bull targeted him from about 20 feet away and attacked. The dog had him around the neck within 3 seconds. I was able to pull him away--with NO help from anyone in the park including the owner of the pit bull who was way across the enclosure. The very obese owner told me he was going to "kick my ass" for kicking his dog- which I did not do. I did my best to pull his dog off and get between them before the pit killed my dog. I should have "kicked the old mans ass" but thought it best to leave before his dog attacked me. I asking around, it seems that this is a daily occurrence at the large dog park. Stay away unless your fond of large Vet bills.

  • Dog Lover
    More than a year ago

    Nearly everything about this park is very positive, with only one big negative which are the dirty sometimes muddy dirt floors of the two dog parks. There are no wood chips covering the inside areas of the Large and the Small dog areas. Therefore my little white toy Maltese gets very dirty just from spending a few minutes in the dog park. I find I don't bring him there anymore due to that problem. He is a toy breed and therefore a lap dog, he is on our laps and our furniture and we need him to be as clean as possible. I wish the powers that be in charge of Brookdale Park would put wood chips down a couple of times a year in the dog parks. My dog and I visit other dog parks in other towns that have the wood chips and our dog stays much cleaner using the parks with the wood chips. Other than that problem, this is an excellent large dog park in the midst of a beautiful stand of large old shade trees in a gorgeous old park. Overall the entire park is maintained beautifully, it is a treasure.

  • Yaya
    More than a year ago
    Great place for your pet

    This place is really nice. It has 2 sections. 1 for large dogs & another for smaller dogs. They have cold water and poopy bags for owners. our boy loves to run around and meet new buds. This place can get very crowded on the weekends but it is really enjoyable during the week & earlier hours. Enjoy & have fun!

  • Paulina
    More than a year ago
    Some dogs should not be allowed..

    The dog park was nice, but some owners sux just as their pets. It was the first time for my pet to come to a dog park. He's a small 6-months old baby who loves playing with other dogs to death. Of course he was a little shy and scared at first because he did not know any of these dogs. He always plays with my friends dogs who are 3 times bigger then him and everything is fine. But anyways, he was slowly getting there to play with other dogs until he started to be aggressively chased by some white person russell terrier. I understand this is a very active breed, but if he likes being aggressive to smaller dogs then take him to the big dogs area!! My dog started to cry and the owner just said "(name of the dog) stop" with a tone like this is funny. SHe just said because my dog is squeaking like a toy so her dog thinks he is a toy and thats why he is growling at him. No wonder why for the rest of the time my dog was hiding behind my legs every time he saw that dog. He tried to come up to other dogs and play, but that terrier was everywhere and my poor baby was completely scared of him. After they left with him, my dog finally started to go out and play with other dogs. Besides this stupid dog, the park was ok.

  • S Butler
    More than a year ago

    My dog and I love coming here. People are friendly and very respectful with 'dog etiquette'

  • Erika
    More than a year ago
    Nice Park

    We went there today on May 26,2013 for the first time and loved it. I have a 10 month old golden retriever with a lot of energy so i was happy to see him running around and chasing every single dog. No dog fights and every owner was watching their dogs which was another plus for me.

  • Helen
    More than a year ago
    Dog Fights

    I used to love this dog park - it is large and relatively well maintained. Lately, every time I visit this park there is a dog fight. I have seen dogs leave the park with gaping wounds. I always thought dog fights arise because of the personalities of the dogs. However, on my last visit, my dog was attacked. A dog barked at her, she submitted by rolling on her back and then the dog proceeded to bite at her, causing about 15 other dogs to approach and do the same. The owner of the aggressor dog did and said absolutely nothing. Because this is the type of dog and dog owner that frequents this dog park, I will never return. I caution everyone who goes to this park to be very careful - no matter how docile your dog might be.

  • Nicole
    More than a year ago
    Best dog park we have been to

    Very clean, stocked with poop bags, lots of water areas, friendly people with well behaved dogs. Love this place and will go back

  • Tammy
    More than a year ago
    Decent park

    Decent place for a dog to play in. Be mindful of other dogs. My dog got attacked by another dog. Other dog's owner acknowledged that it was not the first his dog acted up. Stupid, careless owner.

  • Bea
    More than a year ago

    It's a wonderful place to take your dog so they can have fun and meet new friends while you do to.
    My only complaints are the mud that is created from the doggie fountain (grates to drain the water near the fountain would prevent the mud) and the fact that the sprayer is not working to spray the mud off the dogs before you leave.
    Barring those 2 issues, it's a great place

  • Trish
    More than a year ago
    Awesome park for Dogs

    Been going there for a little while now with out new puppy. He love it! They have two sections, one for large breed dogs and one for small breed dogs. People are friendly, and dogs are too. Must be careful as always and watch your dog. They have agility tools, and lots of room to run and play! You will love it

  • Trish
    More than a year ago
    Awesome park for Dogs

    Been going there for a little while now with out new puppy. He love it! They have two sections, one for large breed dogs and one for small breed dogs. People are friendly, and dogs are too. Must be careful as always and watch your dog. They have agility tools, and lots of room to run and play! You will love it

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