The dog days of summer may be long gone by October, but you can still pamper your pooches during the lingering heat of a South Florida fall by letting them frolic at two water parks on dogs-only days. One of Broward County Parks and Recreation’s most popular programs for the past dozen years, the K9 Water Festivals, returns this year with three weekend events in October. (There will be no events at C.B. Smith Park this year.)
The series will take place at the following locations on the following dates:
- Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach - October 8 and 9
- Castaway Island at T.Y. Park in Hollywood - October 1 and 2; October 15 and 16
(Broward County Animal Care and Adoption will also be on site at Castaway Island with dogs available for adoption)
Admission is $5 per dog per 50-minute session (plus applicable Florida sales tax), with sessions beginning on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Splash Adventure and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Castaway Island. Only dogs weighing 25 pounds or less will be permitted for the first session of each day at Splash Adventure and the last session of each day at Castaway Island. Donations of dog and cat food, treats, blankets, and toys will be accepted on behalf of the homeless animals at Broward County shelters.
A few rules apply: All dogs must be off leash when inside the facility and must be sociable and well behaved. Proof of current rabies vaccination and county license tag are required. Other than lifeguards, no humans will be allowed inside the water playgrounds. Finally, dogs are limited to no more than two sessions per day, and dogs must be at least 4 months of age to participate.
For more information, call the park of your choice: Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100, or T.Y. Park at 954-357-8811. The parks’ regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect for these events.
This year Quiet Waters will host Barktoberfest as the K9 Splash Adventure event, October 8 and 9. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include Rescue and Nonprofit Groups, Sups & Pups, Adoptions, Doggie Market Place, Kiddie Bounce Houses, Face Painting, and Costume Contest. Admission is free, although some activities may entail nominal fees, and there is a $5/dog fee for 50-minute sessions in the water.
Rescue/Nonprofit Group Application