|10-02-2013 11:52 PM|
|wildo||Ah- I'm not too familiar with anything on the south side.|
|10-02-2013 11:50 PM|
|OrangeJillius||Thank you Wildo for such an in depth answer! I will have to explore some of these areas. Since posting this we found Southwestway park. It is off of Mann Road near Southport, and only 3 miles from my house. It is a very wooded park and popular among mountain bikers, so we have stuck more to the horse trails and kept the dogs leashed, but we are having lots of fun anyhow. There are also numerous baseball and soccer fields there that so far have been empty when we have gone, so we played chuck it there and I really enjoyed it (as did the dogs!). There actually is an area across from me that would be fine for playing chuck it too, as long as the grass is kept mowed (it usually isn't). It had been slated for housing development but the company went out of business or something, so there are roads and lots, but no houses (yet). Of course it has been sitting empty like that for almost 10 years (according to a neighbor) so who knows if anything will ever go there. But thanks again for the response! We always like to branch out and explore other areas!|
|10-02-2013 11:03 PM|
|wildo||Another REALLY nice place for off lead hiking is on 56th street just WEST of Eagle Creek Park. As soon as you cross over the reservoir, you'll see a huge steel bear sculpture on the hill. You can park up by it and hike all through there. I've gone really far (OK, kind of far) through those woods- 4 miles or so before I gave up and turned back (remember, this is more/less in the city but pure woods!). I'm not sure how far north the trail goes, but I'd put money on it that you won't run into a single other person. I hiked here a LOT when Pimg was very young. It's also the first place she saw water. Ahhhhh... memories.|
|10-02-2013 10:55 PM|
Yep- there's three dog parks that I know of:
Holliday Park is one of my favorite places for hiking, but it's become pretty populated. I was there with my dogs off lead just last Monday, but you REALLY have to be looking far down the trail and behind your back because people pop up all over. And nothing worse than a jerk who won't leash there dog as you walk by-- don't be THAT guy. The White River is really low right now. I was able to walk all the way across it with the dogs on Monday. If I want the dogs to get wet and swim, Holliday Park is very high on my list. In my opinion, there is no place at this park where you could reasonably get away with ChuckIt play.
Marott Park (also in Broad Ripple) is a very popular park for dog owners. I've seen off lead dogs almost every single time I've gone there. In my opinion, it's a good place for such things, but don't be surprised if above mentioned "jerk who won't leash his dogs" is there. Like I said- lots of people go there for an off lead romp in the woods. There's also access to off shoots of the White River there. I haven't been to Marott Park in a while. If you can get across the river (which shouldn't be hard right now) you can connect up to the Monon even. I've done that many times. There is an area big enough where you could play with that ChuckIt, but you better have a rock solid recall.
Flowing Well Park up in the Castleton/Carmel area is another favorite. I have an extremely good recall on my adult, and a not-so-great recall on my puppy. With my adult, I have no concern about being off lead there, but I'd be a bit more weary about the pup. This is a good place for stream walking/wadding. Really nice (but small) park. There is no place here for the ChuckIt.
Cool Creek Park is up in Carmel on 31 and 151st. This is another GREAT place for hiking, and we don't have too much issue with letting my dogs off lead here- even the pup. There's plenty of streams to walk in. There's plenty of trails where you can see far enough ahead to recall and leash your dogs if someone's up there. And there's definitely an area (a concert lawn, actually) where you could potentially get away with ChuckIt play (but again- rock solid recall required). This is kinda far for me, but still quite high on my list of favorite places to go.
Ft. Harrison State Park is another great place- with definite off lead potential. It might be shut down right now thanks to the pathetic clowns in Washington DC though.
Similarly, Eagle Creek Park is plenty big enough to find off lead spots- specifically in the north east corner of the park bordering US65 (there's a fence).
And if you just need a place for some quick ChuckIt play, there's a city park at 65th and Moller that has TONS of soccer fields. I've definitely done some disc training there. It also has a nice pavement trail all the way around the park that is quite nice early in the morning (though not nearly as nice as a wooded trail of course). I would never go off lead while on this paved trail as it's populated and borders roads, but I have trained off lead on the soccer fields.
My personal opinion is that the ChuckIt is best served in a dog park. Then again, I suppose it's not so different than the ridiculous amounts of disc work I do with my puppy... The thing with my puppy is that he lives and breaths disc work. He WILL come back for more play. And I'm extremely cautious about where I will/won't let him off lead being ever mindful of approaching people/cars/animals/whatever.
|10-02-2013 10:31 PM|
I don't know the area, but my community has a fenced in baseball diamond, that when not is use for baseball is a great space to let a dog run off leash and would be great for a chuck it? Is there anything like that?
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|10-02-2013 10:21 PM|
We live in central Indiana (Indy area) and our little one is just over three months old. We are looking for the same thing- open and safe spaces and other like-sized dogs to socialize with. Not sure where to go right now but if you are interested- message me and we can arrange a play date.
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|08-13-2013 07:47 PM|
Beavers, muskrats, you name it.
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|08-13-2013 07:39 PM|
|OrangeJillius||Thanks everyone! Yes the hikes in the woods and by the creek are great fun, and usually my older dog goes off lead there but yesterday as we were rounding a bend in the creek (we were all walking in it since it is usually just a few inches deep in most parts, but there are some deep pools) and I heard something frantically trying to get away. My guesses are either a beaver (there is what appears to be a dam a little ways down, but I am not certain if Indianapolis has beavers? We are in a wooded, rural area of the city though). Or maybe a groundhog. I really have no idea. Pup got scared, older dog began to whine and wanted to investigate the very large hole I suddenly saw on the bank of the creek. We left immediately after that!|
|08-13-2013 01:56 PM|
|08-13-2013 01:55 PM|
Used to live in Indy.
-Down by the White River at Holliday Park- not a lot of people and you can usually have your dog off-lead once you get into the woods past the playground and art installation.
-100 Acres at the IMA may allow pets and/or off-lead.
-Broad Ripple Park off 62nd (BR Ave.) has a really nice fenced in off-leash for a small fee (either monthly membership or per trip) and requires you to provide vaccination papers.
Other than that, not really too much else unless you drive to a lesser utilized state park (I recommend McCormick Creek down near B-Town)
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