Frequently asked questions (and the answers)




Why can't the Parks Department fill in the mud holes, plant shade trees, install agility equipment or build a shelter in the park?

​​Shamrock Dog Park was built on a flood plain​ and the Department of Natural Resources Division of Water has very strict laws about what can and cannot be done in the area. We are not allowed to bring soil or other filler onto the flood plain, or do anything that would affect or alter the flow of the river in any way. For this reason, you may find that at some very rainy days of the year Shamrock Dog Park is extremely muddy. Because of the laws that are in place to ensure the safety of our community, we cannot cover the mud with plastic or bricks, put gravel over the mud, or create a drainage system. You may even find that certain areas or all areas of the Dog Park have to be closed for anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks because of flooding. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support and understanding.

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What are the Dog Park hours of operation?

The Dog Park is open from Dawn to Dusk. The membership will be notified via email, our website, and our Facebook page about the Park being closed due to special events or flooding (see PARK MAINTENANCE section).

Who is welcome at the park? 

If you have a valid membership or week pass, are over 12 years of age, have signed the hold harmless agreement, and have a copy of your rabies vaccination certificate on file, then you are more than welcome to visit the park.

Why are children under the age of 12 not permitted in the park?

Safety and liability concerns dictate that no child under the age of 12 is permitted within the dog park.  This is done for many different reasons, but the most important are for the protection of children and dogs alike.  This is a rule that is taken very seriously, and if you are found to be in violation, it could very well put the status of your membership in jeopardy.

Someone told me that they forgot their key fob and wants me to let them in to the park.  Should I?

A working key fob is the only way of knowing that the person in question is bringing a dog in to the park that is vaccinated for rabies and that the owner has a signed hold harmless agreement on file.  By letting that person in to the park, you are putting yourself, your dog, and all of the other members at risk.  Use your best judgment. 

What if I know about a non-member using the park?

Remember that the dog park is a user driven park.  If you know of a non-member using the park, please get as much information about the person as possible and send that to the Director of Operations.  If you know that a member is purposely allowing a non-member to use the park, get as much information about the member as possible.  Members who knowingly allow non-members and their dogs in to the park will have their memberships terminated.


Can I use a credit card to pay my membership dues?

Absolutely.  If you want to pay for your membership with a credit card, you can do so using the PayPal Pay Now button shown on the MEMBERSHIP page OR you can use your credit card at Buckles Food Depot (220 South 4th Street); membership application information will still need to be mailed in to the Director of Operations or brought to Buckles Feed Depot for processing. 

I can no longer use my membership or I'm moving and won't be using my membership anymore.  Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, refunds are not given, but you do have a couple of options. 

1. You can transfer your membership to another existing dog park member, providing that they have signed all of the proper forms and have a valid rabies vaccination certificate on file. 

2. You can donate the balance of your membership to the dog park scholarship fund.

You CANNOT resell your membership/fob through online or offline marketplaces. The membership was purchased and activated for you and your dog/s upon completing the requirements for membership (i.e. submission of all appropriate paperwork). It cannot be resold, anyone found to be attempting to resell their membership will have the fob de-activated and be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Can I get more than one key fob?

Yes! The cost of an extra key fob is $10.00. When applying for your membership, select the option (Annual w/extra key fob) and the total cost will be $70.00. If you are already a member and would like an extra key fob, contact our Director of Operations.

What happens if my key fob gets lost or stolen?

A new key fob can be purchased for $10.  However, once the new fob is issued your old one will become invalid.


Are small dogs allowed in the "Large Dog Areas" or large dogs in the "Small Dog Area"?

Generally, the Small Dog Area is reserved for small dogs who are not comfortable playing in a crowd of larger dogs. However, if the Small Area is not being used, members with large dogs may use it. For example, when introducing a dog to the park and the owner is unsure of their dog's reaction to other dogs, it is helpful for the dogs to acknowledge each other with a fence in between them. Large dogs must leave if the Small Dog Area if requested by a small dog owner.

When is a good time to bring my dog to the park?

High volume times tend to be late afternoon, early evening during the week and weekends (4:00-7:00 PM); also weekend mornings.

What happens if I am involved in an incident at the dog park?

You have many different courses of actions depending upon the severity of the incident.  First, if the incident involves another member and/or their dog, please speak with that member and exchange information.  Also, please contact the Director of Operations.  If there is a criminal act occurring, contact either Lafayette Parks Security or the Lafayette Police Department.


Who do I contact with questions and concerns?

You can contact Tracy Walder, Director of Operations, at 765-490-7509 or by email at

Park Security 765-807-1522 OR 765-491-2679

Lafayette Police (Non-Emergency) 765-807-1200

Emergencies - 911 ​​