Fitchburg Dog Park Advocates (FDPA) is not-for-profit advocacy group of motivated residents that worked with the City of Fitchburg to establish Sunnyside Park, the first off-leash dog park in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Thanks to the many local supporters of the Fitchburg Dog Park, FDPA reached its fundraising goals to allocate money to initial construction, basic park amenities and ongoing maintenance. 

Rules on Dog Behavior

A reminder to all dog park users: by using our beautiful park, you agree to abide by the posted rules. This includes NOT bringing dogs to the park that have a history of aggression towards other dogs or people. Aggressive behavior towards other dogs or people will not be tolerated. Our park rules were designed to keep both dogs and people safe as they enjoy our community resource. Thank you for being responsible dog owners and park goers. We’ll see you at the park!

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Dog License Required

Dogs visiting Sunnyside Park must have a current Dog License for the municipality in which you reside – there are no additional fees to use the park once your pet is licensed.  If you haven’t already applied for or received an annual license for your dog, you may get one through Fitchburg City Hall for a small fee.

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  • To establish the first fenced-in, off-leash dog park in central Fitchburg where well-behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife.
  • To develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the dog park rules and regulations.
  • To view this park as a community project, in partnership with the City of Fitchburg, designed to satisfy the needs of dog owners and non-dog owners alike.
  • To raise funding to match the City of Fitchburg’s monetary commitment.