Rivertown Dog Park

This is the Official Rivertown Dog Park Page. This Park is intended as a fun and safe off-leash facility for dog owners and their pets.

Welcome to the Official Rivertown Dog Park Community Forum! Here are a few rules to ensure this a safe page to connect with other community members: 1.No offensive comments, or profane or threatening language. We reserve the right to delete any content of this type or comments that could be deemed as harassment. 2.No advertisements. If you are a local business that serves the pet-loving community, and you would like to advertise an activity that is free and open to the public, or if you would like us to “Like” your page, please contact Lee Stoffel at [email protected] or 651-480-2344 to discuss. 3.No spam. The comments express on this social networking site do not reflect the opinions or positions of the City of Hastings, or its employees or elected officials, unless they come directly from the source.

Kayla & Frankie at the park. Photo by Allyssa Marie.

Who has fun photos from the last month? Feel free to share below or via Messenger and I'll create our May cover pups 🐶🐶🐶

Great news, we turned the water on at the park this morning. Spring is here!

Meet our April Cover Pups! L to R: Agnes, Hooper (top), Barry (bottom), Pearl, and Rocco. We love our dog park fans! Aren't they adorable?

[04/17/19]   Show us some of your favorite SPRING pics of your fur-babies at RTD Park. We need new cover art!

Friends playing in the snow. Photo by Allyssa Marie. Feb. 2019


Did anyone lose a phone at the park recently?

Found phone inside dog park. PM me with brand and color if it's yours 2-25-2019

Moose is jumping for joy at the park today! Who else is loving the fresh snow? Photo by Allyssa Marie.

Buck loves the snow, a good stick and the Rivertown Dog Park! Photo by Krista Miller Peterson

Let there be LIGHT!!!

Stop by the park this week and check out the new solar powered, LED light fixture we are testing out. For the time being, we will be testing out the programming options to figure out what setting works best for park-goers. We will be testing this brand and looking at this and other options to install more of these in the future.

Feel free to message us with your feedback on this new light fixture.

Water Advisory 9/22/18 | City of Hastings, MN

Update: The boil water advisory was lifted on Monday night. The water at the park has been turned back on and is safe to use. Updates are available on our website.

URGENT: Please do NOT use the water spigot at the park until further notice. The Rivertown Dog Park is in the affected Boil Water Advisory Area. We will update you when the water is safe to use again. More info at www.hastingsmn.gov/water

hastingsmn.gov We have detected E. coli bacteria in a section of the City of Hastings public water system. Please read all information listed below if you live within the Hastings city limits and are served by the city water system. The bacteria is isolated to one section of our system. Please check the map to see...

The puppies picking on Willow at the park. Photo by Duston Diekmann.

Rivertown Dog Park's cover photo

[05/02/18]   The water has been turned on at the park. Welcome, Spring!!

Also, does anyone have any new photos to share? Post some in the comments or send via Messenger and we can update the cover photo. Thanks!

Pets and their people enjoying a beautiful winter day at the dog park. Photo by Christenson Harold.

[12/04/17]   Heads up to park-goers...the East side of the park will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 7, and possibly Friday, for tree and debris removal. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience. Please plan ahead. Thanks!

[11/01/17]   As temperatures approach 32 degrees, it's time for us to turn off the water spigot for the winter. Please share this information with your fellow dog park friends. Thank you!

Did you know that the Rivertown Dog Park is located right along the 10-mile Scenic Circuit? We had fun stopping by the park and meeting a few furry friends on our bike tour yesterday. There are a few different walks, short and long, that you can access right from the park!

From time to time we hear reports of snake sightings in the Dog Park and Vermillion Falls Park. Rest assured, venomous snakes DO NOT naturally occur in Hastings. However, several harmless species, such as this Western Foxsnake, are common. Many harmless snakes may rattle their tail to alert you to their presence, and if rattling against dead leaves or rock it may sound similar to a rattlesnake. But don't be alarmed - Foxsnakes are great to have around because they eat a lot of rodents that can spread disease such as Lyme. Photo by Don Becker, IowaHerps.com

You know it's a good day at the park when you need to lie down to take a drink of water! 🤣 Photo shared by Cathy F.

Dakota County Parks - forever wild

Coyotes can be found in all Dakota County Parks though sightings are rare and interactions with humans/pets even more rare. This article does a great job outlining what to do should you encounter a coyote.
#leashlaws #coexist #respectingnature

From time to time, we get requests and comments about volunteering to help at the park. We will happily accept the offer! To become an official volunteer, we need you to register at the Parks and Rec office. Please call 651-480-6182 or stop by at 920 W 10th Street, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. They will also provide direction and materials for available projects.

The water has been turned on for the season. We hope you enjoy the warm weather this weekend!

To operate the hydrant, simply push down on the top (at this point you will notice a short “blast” of water from the built up pressure in the line), fill up your bowl and let the dogs drink. In case you are wondering, this is water directly from the City water system and is safe for the animals to drink.

Rivertown Dog Park's cover photo

Winter at RTD Park - photo by Lacey Merritt

Some great information happening on KDWA this week:

🐶 Mark your calendars for this TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29th from 11:05 am -11:55 am for our LIVE call-in show with Dog Behaviorist MAX BITTERMAN! Max has helped thousands of dogs become the best versions of themselves and will be answering your questions on air about your own four-legged canine friends. Listen live on KDWA 1460 AM / 97.7 FM or at www.kdwa.com and call (651) 437-1460 with your questions.

[11/16/16]   Update on the water spigot: The water will be shut off for the winter on Friday, November 18th. Signs will go up at the park, but please share with your park friends. Thanks!

Just a reminder that we are closely watching the overnight temperatures to determine when we will need to shut off the water at the dog park. Most likely this will happen in the next couple of weeks as evening lows approach 32 degrees. We will notify you when the spigot is officially turned off for the winter. UPDATE: The water will be shut off on Friday, November 18.

It's been two years since we opened Rivertown Dog Park in Hastings and we'd like to get your feedback on a handful of ideas. Please take this short survey and help us plan for the future! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTDPark

Thanks for the share @Missy Bovee. Great shot of lots of friends enjoying the park together.

[09/25/16]   For those who walk your dogs in Levee Park: The Parks & Rec Dept will be spraying herbicide to control weeds at Levee Park at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26. We ask that you keep off the grass until 11 a.m. that day. Signs will be posted. Thanks!

Getting 3 out of 4 to sit and wait for the ball. Not bad! Photo by Cathy Frame.


Keep Pets Safe in the Heat

Here are some tips from the Humane Society to keep your pet safe during the extreme heat wave we are having.

humanesociety.org How to keep pets cool during a heat wave.

"Puppy's 1st Trip to the Dog Park" (it could be a Christmas ornament!). Pic by Alyssa S.

Mavs first trip to the dog park!♡

Play Ball! Photo courtesy of Lacey M.

What a special way to share a memory. Thank you to the mystery donor of this beautiful bench. We would appreciate more information about the donor and the person this is memorializing. For future donations, please contact the Parks and Rec Dept. at 651-480-6175 so we can work together on a maintenance plan.

Someone donated this bench to the park. It's a wonderful tribute to Tom and Ginger.

Anybody wanna play today??? Diesel waiting patiently for a friend. Photo by Cathy F.

Interested in the summer activities we have planned at the Rotary Pavilion? Head over to our City of Hastings Government page and Subscribe to our events. You do not need to follow our page to be able to follow our events. Movies, concerts, art, fitness and youth activities are planned through September. Simply go to the Events tab, and click on the Subscribe button!

Cora May, Diesel, and Ruby enjoying the beautiful weather! Photo by Cathy Frame.

Gauge and Brass enjoying the park. Photo by Sadie S.

SURVEY: We've heard from people who are concerned about ticks or snakes in the long grass side of the park (West enclosure). We've also heard from people who say they and their dogs love this side. We'd like to take an informal survey to see whether or not you would like us to keep the long grass and trail side as it is, or if you would prefer us to mow some larger sections to be more like the East side.

Please indicate your preference using the Facebook Reactions. If you love the long grass and trails as they are, please choose LIKE or LOVE. If you have a concern with the long grasses and would like to see larger areas mowed, choose SAD or ANGRY. We will watch this post for one week before making a final call. Thanks for your continued feedback as we work to find a solution that works for most.

DRINK! by Lacey M.

[04/27/16]   We love seeing pictures of you and your pups enjoying the park. Feel free to share your favorites with us by emailing [email protected] or using the messaging feature on Facebook. We will share them here giving you proper credit.

Feeling thirsty like Rogue & Hugo? Grab a drink for your pups. The water spigot was turned on this afternoon. Happy Spring!

[03/30/16]   Thank you to everyone that helped keep Rivertown Dog Park clean over the winter. We heard about and witnessed many park-goers that volunteered their time to help pick up waste. Thank you all!

Just a quick spring update - we know you are anxiously waiting for the water to be turned on. We need to wait until the evening low temperatures are consistently at 40 degrees or above. Hopefully just a few more weeks until that happens.

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