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Link to Penn State's Daily Collegian 10 Feb 2015 Article on Tudek Dog Park

The Tudek Dog Park is located at 425 Park Crest Lane, is part of the Tom Tudek Memorial Park and accessible from Park Crest Lane (off Martin Street) in Ferguson Township. Link to Google Maps.


The original "Larger Dog" Area has been
relocated to permit 2015 turfgrass renovations.


Due to popularity, weather conditions and excessive mud, the Larger Dog Area (for dogs over 30 lbs.) desperately needs some on 13 April 2015 the CRPR staff closed and relocated the original Larger Dog Area to the "Reserve Area" until Spring 2016.  The original Larger Dog Area is being reseeded, mulched and restored by CRPR Staff as conditions permit. The Smaller Dog Area (for dogs 30 lbs. & under) will remain open as usual.

The signs for the Larger Dog Area have been relocated to the fenced "Reserve Area" along Park Crest Lane. Since the Large Dog (Reserve) Area and the Small Dog Area are both on side-slopes, please excercise CAUTION.  In addition, each handler must, at all times, control their dogs' interactions with other dogs and with other handlers - especially to avoid "body slamming" the other dogs and handlers.

Following the reseeding of the original Large Dog Area, the new turfgrass will require the Spring, Summer and Fall growing seasons to become fully-established before the reseeded section can be re-opened in Spring 2016. At that time it is likely that the Smaller Dog Area and/or the Reserve Area will require turf renovations. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Update 11 May 2015: On 8 May 2015 the areas of original "Larger Dog Area" were reseeded and straw-mulched. A blend of turf-type tall fescues was used; a similar blend is used on CRPR sportfields.

CRPR "Aqua-Dog Day" at Park Forest Pool
to fund additional tree plantings at Oak Hall Regional Park.

Sunday, 13 Sep 2015, 1-4 PM. For local dogs who love swimming pools and trees, this event is sure to please.  CRPR will again offer “Aqua-Dog Day” from 1-4 PM on the 1st Sunday after the pool has closed for the 2015 season.  For $5 per dog, humans of all ages can bring their dogs for a swim at the Park Forest Community Swimming Pool, 2100 School Drive in Patton Township. Only dogs will be allowed in the pools, and human admission is free. Proceeds from the event will fund tree plantings at the new Oak Hall Regional Park.   Event Rules:

  • Prior to admission, all human entrants must sign a Release Waiver PLUS show proof of rabies vaccination and proof of a 2015 Dog License for their pet. Since a chip reader is not guaranteed to be available, paper is preferred.
  • One dog per owner; owners must be age 18+ and are responsible for their dog’s behavior. All minors (age 17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs must remain on-leash when not using the pools. Only dogs are permitted in the pool (no humans). Lifeguards will be on duty to provide necessary assistance.  
  • Pet waste bags will be available; it is required that pet owners immediately clean up after their dogs.

Park Ordinances require that all park visitors immediately clean up after their pet.  Like all municipal parks,the Dog Park is open during daylight hours only.

CRPR assumed the operation of this facility in 2007 in partnership with the Township of Ferguson.   It is noted that pets outside the fenced areas of Tudek Dog Park (and in all other Township parks) must be on a leash at all times. In addition, pets are prohibited in all State College Borough parks, except at Lederer Park and Walnut Springs Park (where they must be on a leash at all times). Click here to view the dog regulations in all Centre Region Municipal Parks.

CRPR is responsible for the operation of the dog park. Please note that any or all unauthorized signs, posters or flyers will be removed at the dog park.  Requests for any group events at the dog park must be approved by CRPR in advance; the provisions of the CRPR Large Group Event Policy applies to all group events.

Small Dog Area
Large Dog Area

Don't forget...

Park Rules Sign

Three separate fenced areas are provided at the dog park:

  • One area for dogs 30 lbs. or more;
  • One area for dogs up to 30 lbs.;
  • One reserve area is kept closed to permit turf recovery; the rest area is then rotated as needed.

For the safety of people and pets, ALL dog park rules, including the size requirements, must be followed at all times. Users of this facility do so entirely at their own risk. No attendant is on duty. 

Unsafe Behavior!

To report immediate danger, call 911.  To report other unsafe behavior, call the Ferguson Township Ordinance Enforcement Office at (814) 237-1172
Any of the following information is helpful:
1. Name / description of offending dog & owner / handler,
2. Vehicle license number,
3. Photo of offending dog and/or owner / handler. Use your cell phone to take the photo.

Dog Park RulesDogs

  • No attendant is on duty.  Users of this facility do so entirely at their own risk.
  • The dog park is open dawn-to-dusk only.
  • 2 fenced areas are open at the park: “Dogs 30 lbs. & Under” and “Dogs Over 30 lbs.
  • All dogs must be over 4 months old.   No animals other than dogs are permitted in the dog park. 
  • Young children should not be brought into the dog park. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • No food or treats (human or dog), alcoholic beverages, strollers, bicycles or children’s toys allowed in the dog park.
  • No more than three beings (dogs and children) per handler are permitted.
  • Dog waste must be promptly cleaned up by dog owners / handlers and placed in proper receptacles.
  • All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated, and display current dog license and rabies tags.
  • Dog owners / handlers must be inside the park and within view and voice control of their dogs at all times.
  • Aggressive dogs are prohibited from the park, and dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior must be removed immediately.
  • Outside of the fenced dog park, dogs must be on leash and under control by their owners / handlers at all times.
  • Owners / handlers must stop their dogs from digging and immediately fill any holes dug.
  • Excessive barking is prohibited.  Dogs barking excessively must be removed.

The BullyIs Your Dog a "Dog Park Bully?"

If your dog does any of the following, you and your pet should leave the dog park…perhaps permanently:
• Snapping at or biting other dogs or humans,
• “Humping” other dogs,
• Growling aggressively,
• Cornering or chasing other dogs that show signs of fear,
• Body-slamming other dogs or humans.

If another dog doesn’t want to play with your dog, you must be able to call your dog away. If your dog injures another dog or human, you may be responsible for those injuries. However, if you place your "small dog" (under 30 pounds) in the large dog (over 30 pounds) area, the owner of the undersized dog bears that responsibility.  For everyone's safety, absolutely NO DOGS UNDER 30 POUNDS are permitted in the "Large Dog" area, and no large dogs are permitted in the small dog area.

If someone complains about your dog’s behavior, be prepared to consider that perspective before defending your dog or ignoring the complaint.  Apologize if your dog has been inappropriate, and leave the park if your dog is being too rough. 

Aggressive dogs must be removed IMMEDIATELY from the park.

If You See a Bully Dog:

  • First, make sure your own dog is safe. Place them in the appropriate fenced area. That might also mean leashing your dog and exiting the enclosure with your pet.
  • Politely point out to the owner of the offending dog that there is a problem, and ask that they gain control of the dog or that they leave the park. Ask others to join in your request, if needed.
  • If the owner / handler will not cooperate, contact authorities (see below).

Tips for Everyone:

  • Read the rules posted at the dog-park entrances. Follow ALL rules, including cleaning up after your dog and not bringing more than 3 beings (dogs and/or children) at a time.
  • Keep your leash with you so you can exit any potentially bad situations.
  • Do not bring treats or human food into the dog park.
  • Periodically call your dog to you, give a hug or pat, and then send your dog back to play. This reinforces the idea that YOU are in charge, and is good practice for calling your dog out of danger.

PetsJuly 2008:

CRPR completed the installation of a special "Pets'n People Drinking Fountain" beside the Tudek Dog Park. The water provided is from the public water system; the fountain will be shut off and drained each winter to prevent freeze damage. The project was the result of the following cooperative efforts:

• The funds for the water service, waterline installation and the underground meter pit were raised by the Tudek Dog Park Committee in cooperation with the Tom Tudek Memorial Park Trust.

• The fountain was purchased by the Township of Ferguson.   Labor and installation was provided by the staff of Centre Region Parks & Recreation.

March 2009:

Donor Sign

The Tom Tudek Memorial Park Trust has graciously provided a sign (per the image above) to recognize the many donors to the Dog Park. The sign was mounted in the Dog Park Kiosk in March 2009.  Recognition of future donors will be added to the sign (and the list below) semi-annually. The custom sign was created by the WSOS Quilter Sign Shop , a non-profit organization in Green Springs, OH.

We are pleased to recognize the following donors:
(As of 24 Oct 2011)
(Gold Level)
Founding Sponsors,
donations of $1,000 and up
Paw Prints
(Silver Level)
$250 to $999 donations

Dog Bones
(Platinum Level)
$100 to $249 donations

  • “Cosmo” & “Noodle”
  • John & Barbara Fisher
  • In Honor of “Roshi,” our best teacher
• In Honor of Judy Albin by NASPA
• Anonymous
• In Memory of “Cenote”
• Steve Cohen & Leslie Jackson
• Lynne Dennis
• Millie Jeffries
• Bill & Pam Koons
• In Memory of My Furry Ones at the Rainbow Bridge
• Mary O’Leary
• Michelle Shemo
• Andrew Shubin
• In Memory of “Skippy”
• Skip & Rosetta Webster
• In Memory of "Maggie" from Hugh & Janyce Mose
Pet-friendly Vacation Rentals

January 2010:

View the Master Site Plan for Tudek Dog Park (PDF, 0.3 MB; in Adobe Reader it is necessary to "Rotate" the view of the plan for easier viewing).  The Tudek Memorial Trust is seeking donations to assist with these improvements.

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