Dog parks are a great way for your dog to get some exercise and socialize during the winter when many of the neighborhood sidewalks are filled with salt.

Dog parks

Most communities in central Ohio now have dog parks. They are especially nice right now because most sidewalks have had salt, which hurts their paws, put down on them. You can take your dog to the park and let him run around in a fenced area to get exercise and socialize. I've been to a few of the parks and have written about them before, but the latest one I went to was much bigger and had a separate agililty area. Most parks have rules, so be sure to read them before you take fido into the park and have a bag handy in case your furry friend needs to do some business.

• Pizzuro Park

Pizzuro Park in Gahanna has three separate areas for dogs, one large fenced in area, an agility area in the middle and another large fenced in area to the right of the agility area. There's also a covered picnic table area to sit at. Pizzuro Park Drive on the right off Tech Center Drive. This is the nicest dog park I've been to in central Ohio so far.

• Alum Creek dog park

This dog park has a fenced area for small dogs, an area for big dogs and a separate dog beach across the way. You can often find baby pools for dogs to cool off in during the warmer months. It's at 3993 Hollenback Road, 43035.

• Dublin Daree Fields dog park

It's located at 6259 Cosgray Road, 43016.

• Godown Dog Park (Worthington and Northwest)

6099 Godown Road, 43235.

• Heritage Trail Dog Park Hilliard

7262 Hayden Run Road

• Wheeler Dog Park (Victorian Village)

Features a fenced in area, picnic tables and drinking fountain. It's at 725 Thurber Drive West.

• Big Walnut Dog Park

It's located at 5000 E. Livingston Ave., 43227.

• Westerville Bark Park

The park is located at 708 Park Meadow Road.

*A dog park is currently under construction in Grove City.