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Dog in parkWilliam Grace Dog Park Registration
Opened June 25, 2012

Dog Park Hours

March, April & May
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

June, July & August
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

September & October
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

November, December, January, & February
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

How do I join the Farmington Hills Dog Park?

Step 1 - Watch the mandatory orientation session. The orientation session can be found online, a DVD copy is available to check out at the Costick Center, or it can be viewed in the computer lab in the Costick Center’s Conway Hall. The orientation session will review the park rules, the responsibilities of the user, behaviors you may observe in your dog while at the dog park, and the process for obtaining a fob and tag. For more information call the Costick Center at (248) 473-1800.

Orientation Video

Step 2 - Complete the Application & Waiver.

 Registration Checklist

Step 3 - Registration can be completed by mail or in person at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM. To register you will need the following: application & waiver, proof of Farmington or Farmington Hills residency, proof of current vaccinations - Rabies, DHLPP and Bordatella, copy of current Oakland County dog license, and payment. Payment may be made by check, cash, or credit card (MC/Visa). Once completed, you will be issued a key fob and dog tag that will allow you and your dog access to the park.

Dog License Information

Licenses are required for all dogs four months of age or older. Dog licenses may be purchased at the Treasury Division with proof of rabies vaccination. From January 1 through June 1, the cost is $7.50 for spayed/neutered dogs ($6.75 if the owner is age 65 or older); $15 for male/female dogs ($13.50 if the owner is age 65 or older). After June 1, the license is considered delinquent and the cost is $30 for all dogs. New animals over four months of age may be licensed at non-delinquent rates if the license is purchased within 30 days of acquisition. For questions regarding dog licenses, contact Oakland County at (248) 391-0278 or the City of Farmington Hills Treasury Division at (248) 871-2480.

2015 Dog Park Annual Pass Fee
(on sale January 6, 2015)

Good through January 31, 2016
Farmington Hills and Farmington residents only.

Dog Park Location – 29040 Shiawassee Road, between Inkster and Middlebelt.

  • Yearly pass $30
  • Second dog $10
  • Third dog $10
  • Replacement key fob $10

Fee is waived for Certified Service Dogs.

printer-friendly Dog Park Rules and Regulations
Dog Park Rules and Regulations

For the health and safety of our dogs and everyone who enters the dog park gated area, we have developed the following rules and regulations.

Dog Park Registration Requirements

1. Register up to three dogs per household. No more than two dogs per owner/handler are
allowed at one time.
2. Registrations are to be renewed annually and are valid through January 31st.
3. Registration is for Farmington Hills and Farmington residents only.
4. Registration fees are not prorated regardless of purchase date.
5. All dogs must be licensed in accordance with City of Farmington Hills/Farmington and
Oakland County. Owners/handlers must attend the mandatory orientation session.
6. At time of registration, proof of current vaccinations for Rabies, DHLPP or DAPPL
(Distemper), and bordetella are required. Fecal exam is encouraged.
7. One key fob entry pass will be issued per household. The key fob is not transferable.
Replacement fee for lost fob is $10.
8. Dog Park Tags will be issued at time of registration and must be worn by the dog at all
times within the dog park. The Dog Park Tag is not transferable. Replacement fee for
lost tag is $5.

General Rules

1. Dogs must be on a leash when entering and exiting the Dog Park fenced area. Owners
must carry a leash with them at all times in the park.
2. Dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior or barking excessively must be immediately
removed from the park.
3. Minimum age for users is 18 years of age. Children between 6-17 years of age may
enter with a parent or guardian. Children younger than 6 years of age are not permitted
in the Dog Park fenced area.
4. Dogs must be supervised at all times. Never leave your dogs in the park unattended.
5. Users must clean up their dog(s) waste and deposit it in the receptacles provided.
6. No people food, dog food or treats are allowed in the park.
7. The following are not permitted in the Dog Park: dogs in heat, dogs under the age of
four months, dogs with contagious diseases or internal or external parasites, aggressive
dogs, dogs on a leash, dogs with, harnesses or pinch, prong, spike or chain collars, dog
toys, smoking, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, professional dog trainers, bicycles,
strollers, and animals other than dogs.

Additional Information

1. Use of the Dog Park area is at the user’s own risk.
2. Users are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries and/or damages caused by
their dog(s).
3. The City of Farmington Hills reserves the right to prohibit the use of the site to any user
who is in violation of these rules.
4. From time to time, parts or the entire park may be closed for maintenance purposes.
5. For the safety of all registered dogs, please do not allow anyone without a key fob pass
into the Dog Park.
6. Small dog area is for dogs less than 22 pounds.

Complaint and/or Rule Violation Process

In the event that any of the rules are violated by a fob holder, a complaint is made against a fob holder, or a violation is witnessed by an employee of Farmington Hills Special Services
Department (the “Department”) the following steps will be taken:*

First Incident

  • After review by an authorized employee of the Department, which may include talking to any witness to the incident, the fob holder may receive a documented verbal warning from the Farmington Hills Department of Special Services.
  • The verbal warning will be reviewed with the fob holder by an authorized employee of Farmington Hills Special Services and a notation will be made in the file of the fob holder.

Second Incident

  • After review by an authorized employee of the Department, which may include talking to any witness to the incident, the fob holder may receive a written warning which may include suspension from the Dog Park for 30 days from the date of infraction.
  • The written warning and all prior complaints will be reviewed with the fob holder by an authorized employee of Farmington Hills Special Services.
  • A copy of the written warning will be placed in the fob holder’s file.

Third Incident

  • After notification of the third incident, the fob holder’s Dog Park privileges will be
    immediately suspended pending an investigation.
  • All prior complaints will be reviewed with the fob holder.
  • If the third complaint is found to be justified after an investigation by an authorized employee of the Department, the fob holder is subject to further suspension of Dog Park privileges, up to and including permanent revocation of Dog Park privileges including deactivation of the fob.
  • A determination of revocation may be appealed by the fob holder to the Director of the Department.

*Depending on the severity of the incident, Farmington Hills Special Services reserves the right to prohibit the use of the site to any user who is in violation of the Dog Park rules. Furthermore, this process is in addition to any tickets or complaints that may be issued and prosecuted in the event of incidents involving violations of City ordinances or Michigan statutes, and enforcement of the above steps shall not be deemed to waive or release an offender from prosecution for same.

Michigan Penal Code750.66: Persons 18 and older must provide name and address when the dog under their control has bitten another person. Dog handler must provide vaccination information and remain at the scene of the bite until all of the above information is provided.

Dog Park Supporters

  • Paws in the Hills, Dog Park Committee
  • Lisa Schaefer, VCA FH Animal Hospital
  • Doris Persicketti
  • Grace Chang Dum, Southfield Veterinary Hospital
  • Larry Glanz, Glanz Financial, LLC
  • Sheldon & Shelley Kaye
  • Elizabeth Lurie
  • Larry Nathan, Michigan Pug Rescue
  • Dr. Gurjinder Singh, Angel Animal Hospital
  • Sam Slaughter, Sellers Buick GMC
  • Deb Watkins, Canine College
  • Jeff & Nancy Adams
  • Kerry Hubbard, Taco Mama
  • Dolly Cartwright, Advanced Vet Med Center
  • David & Mary Clappison
  • Tenille Gross, TLCC Dog Patch
  • Scott Justin, All Natural Grooming
  • Debbie Neil, Posh Pets Salon
  • Selma Tenenbaum
  • Lisa & Jeff Stefancin, Memory Lane Scrapbooking
  • Kevin Hess
  • Leslie & Roger Black
  • Marion Severs
  • Lisa Brady
  • Roger & Leslie Black




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