I had never taken my 8 month old Jack Russell Terrier to a dog park before. She isn't very socialized and i was a bit nervous.
I went with my neighbor and her Golden Lab, which is my pup's best friend. I think it helped her to have her friend with us. She barked a bit at first and hid from some of the other dogs but she took to it in no time. We went on a sunny Tuesday morning when there were plenty of people and pups but not too many. Just enough for a first trip.
It was great! Very successful for our first visit. All the dog owners are either friendly or keep to themselves. There were a few dog walkers there with their pack of dogs following them around. It's a sight to see.
She didn't get in the water, not quite ready for that yet. But it was a great day!
The park is kept up really well with fences and tree bark in certain spaces. There are plastic bags hung on the fences in case you get a little surprise and are without a baggy. There is water available for play breaks.