Dog parks are becoming more common across U.S. cities. Their numbers have grown 4.8% since the Trust for Public Land’s last report—and 74% since they started keeping track in 2009.
NYC made the trust’s Top 30 list for access to dog parks, which was based on the number of parks per 100,000 residents. According to their analysis, “Dog parks are among the fastest-growing amenities in the 100 largest U.S. cities’ park systems.”
Nassau County currently operates five dog runs on county park property and one at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. These are in addition to dog parks operated by cities and villages within the county. The high number of parks increases accessibility, which is great for nearby home values. As the former chief economist with Trulia Ralph McLaughlin noted, “Dog parks may also play a role in helping sustain relative value in neighborhoods with them compared to those without.”
Why do dog parks raise nearby home values?
Like most price jumps in real estate, the rise of property values near dog parks is driven by demand. When more people want a specific type of home in a specific location, competition for those homes rises and their values do too.
Why dog parks? Well, more people in the U.S. have dogs now than ever before. In 2017, 48.3 million U.S. households reported owning a dog. In 2022, that number is 69 million, which represents an increase of 43%. Additionally, people are trying to spend more time outside. One survey showed that the average American spends 21% more time outdoors now than they did at the start of the pandemic, which increases demand for safe outside space—especially in cities. As a result, houses located conveniently to dog parks become more valuable, and home prices in those areas rise.
As Trulia recently reported, dog parks also raise neighborhood home values by improving an area’s sense of community. Neighbors enjoying clean and well-kept dog parks “make a neighborhood look and feel friendlier.” That’s a big plus for buyers looking for their next home—whether they have dogs of their own or not.
8 highly-rated dog parks in Nassau County
Wantagh Park Dog Run
Wantagh Park Dog Run, 1 King Rd, Wantagh, NY 11793
Town of Hempstead Dog Park
Newbridge Road Park
2858 Shore Rd, Bellmore, NY 11710
Bay Park Dog Park
2 Marjorie Ln, East Rockaway, NY 11518
Tully Dog Park
Michael J. Tully Park
211 Denton Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Dennis Brian Murray Dog Park
12 E Leech Cir, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Eisenhower Dog Park
576 Salisbury Park Dr, Westbury, NY 11590
Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park
Clocks Blvd & E Pine St, Massapequa, NY 11758
Cedar Creek Park
3340 Merrick Rd, Seaford, NY 11783
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