We’re glad you want to unleash the fun!
The Carlisle Area Dog Park was created by a group of dedicated dog owners in the Carlisle area. We wanted a safe place for our dogs to play off lead. The Borough of Carlisle is gracious enough to provide the space for us in Shaffer Park, but we’re responsible for all of the costs of building and operating the park including liability insurance.
We have about four acres at Shaffer Park and we’ve already created three fenced-in areas – one for big dogs, one for small dogs and a third for special purposes and to link the big dog area to the main entry way. We consider dogs over thirty pounds to be big dogs and those under are small dogs. If your dog is within five pounds of that size, we’ll help you determine the best area for you and your dog to have a great time.
Tell me about the rules…
We want everyone to be safe and have a great time. That’s why we created a set of rules (CADPA-Rules-rev-1.1.13) for everyone. The board did a lot of research and had many discussions before we created the rules. Each one is based on best practices as well as common sense. The most important rule is that all dogs must be vaccinated and licensed. The rest of the rules are pretty straightforward and we will explain each of them (including the thought behind them) here soon.
We could just tell you that we’re absolutely sure your dog will love it, but we’ll do even better than that. Just contact us and we’ll set up a special play date for you and your dog to try out the park with some of our current member dogs. We know you’re not going to be able to resist that wagging tail and big eyes once your dog has a chance to try out the park.
Where is Shaffer Park?
The park is owned by Carlisle Borough but is actually in North Middleton Township. It’s at 1649 Spring Road near the Karns Food store. The Costopoulos Chiropractic office is near the entrance to the park.