We have what looks like an awesome dog park about 4 miles (less than 5 minutes away) from our house. However, it is a member's only park. Cost is about $325 per year for one dog. Would you pay the fee?
It is 20 acres, all fenced, with a pond, dog rinsing/washing stations, club house, separate areas for big and small dogs, "dry" areas where they keep it from getting too muddy, has a giant sand hill for dogs to run up and down and dig in, a 1-mile walking/jogging trail, coffee bar and lounge, regular social events with members and their canine companions, and on and on. Like I said, it looks pretty darn cool. I am going to check it out next week to see if it looks as good in person.
Would your answer change is you knew the the next closest off-leash dog park (actually the only free dog park in the city), was on the other side of town (at least 12 miles and probably about 25 minutes away) through sometimes heavy traffic, especially in the evenings)?
Does anyone else pay an annual fee to be a member of a dog park?