Update November 7:  Dog Park Special Committee Opportunity

An off-leash exercise area for dogs is open in Marathon Park in Wausau. It is located between the basketball courts and Multi-Purpose Building #1 (ice arena), inside the fenced horse show area. The hours of operation are sunrise to 11 p.m. daily. The nearest water faucet is in the restrooms at the ice arena. There is no charge to use this area.

A map of the location of the Dog Exercise Area can be found here  (42kb PDF)

This Dog Exercise Area will be Closed during scheduled Horse Shows, and during the Wisconsin Valley Fair each season.

Users will be held responsible for the behavior of their dogs. Posted rules for use include requirements that owners be inside the fence with their pet, clean up after their pet and that the gate must be latched while dogs are off-leash inside the arena. Outside the arena, dogs will be subject to all leash ordinances. Continued access to this area depends upon how well it is maintained by users.

County Park Off-leash Exercising Animals Ordinance 19.07 (3)
No person shall exercise or walk a dog or other animal in any County park without a leash. A leash shall not be more than 6 feet in length. No leash is required when a dog is performing retrieving exercises, except the retrieving dog shall not be within 100 feet of any persons except the dog handlers or any area where animals are prohibited. No leash is required during dog shows or training programs authorized by the Commission.

City of Wausau off-leash areas.

For more information, contact the Park Department at 715.261.1550.