As many of you know, Cruse Dog Park has been adversely impacted by the recent spell of inclement weather. It is to be expected since we have been experiencing such inconsistent weather patterns, changing from extreme cold, snow, and ice to temps in the 60’s and 70’s in a matter of days. Unfortunately, grass and dirt have turned to mud.

Our Operations staff have been working to make the grounds more usable and less messy for you and your dogs by spreading straw on those muddy areas. This is, however, is a temporary solution and the issue is simply not going to be eradicated due to the current weather and climate.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we will continue to monitor the Park and address the mud issues as best we can.

Cruse Dog Park

Note: The Dog Park gate is open from sunrise to sunset.

The Park

Cruse Dog Park is the first off-leash dog park in Springfield, Missouri. Officially ‘unleashed’ in November, 2008, the park is a 6-acre, fenced facility for dogs to go off-leash to run, play, socialize and exercise. There is a 4 1/2-acre section for large dogs and a one and a half-acre section for small dogs.

Dog parks are a great place for your dog to socialize and exercise. A socialized dog make a better pet for you, your children, other humans and other dogs. Dog parks usually offer larger areas for dogs to play than most backyards allow, thus providing a much larger place for your pet to run off-leash in a safe environment.
Golden Retriever Reading a Sign
The park is for registered users only. There is a daily pass for those just passing through town or who wish to ‘test’ the park before becoming a member.


  • Annual Registration Fee: $25 per dog (maximum of 2 dogs per person)
  • Daily Pass available for $10 (per dog), limit of 2 dogs per owner + $10 deposit
  • Daily fee cannot be applied towards an annual pass.

Required Vaccinations

Please note you must provide a current Certificate of Vaccination for Rabies, rabies tag number and pet medical records from a licensed veterinarian documenting current vaccinations for Parvo, Distemper, and Bordetella.

The park is closed every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. For the safety of park patrons and their owners, Cruse Dog Park is locked during that hour. Water fountains are turned off for the season!

FAQs, Application & Rules

In support and cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Citizens Dog Park Committee.