The shawneemissionpost.com dogs are in pure ecstasy. Leawoof Dog Park, the newest recreational addition in Leawood is now open for business – even though you do have to clean up after yourself if you do business there.
Leawoof is the closest off-leash park for NEJC dogs and offers five acres of wide-open space closed off by wooden fences. A one-acre site is reserved just for the smaller set: dogs under 25 pounds. The opening was pushed back by a few weeks due to weather-related delays but everything is a go now with all the amenities a dog could want.
To get to the off-leash park (from the north), follow Lee Blvd. south across I-435 and then turn left into Leawood City Park. Travel east through the park as far as possible to the last parking lot. Although the dog park isn’t immediately visible from the parking lot, signs will direct you across the bridge over Indian Creek and then you will see the fenced in area.
A fenced bull pen serves as the staging area where dogs can be taken off leash and then go through a second gate: small dogs to the left and big dogs to the right.
The area is mostly wide-open grass with a a grove of mature trees. It is a short walk from the parking lot across the creek – but who cares if the point is to run once you get there. A few rules do apply, such as dogs must be licensed and vaccinated with ID tags. Dogs must be leashed until inside the fenced area. And, Leawood does not allow pit bull breeds in the park.
The Leawood City Council in August chose the name “Leawoof” from among two choices presented by the parks department.