Pooch Party Stroll & Splash

Join Nampa Parks and Recreation for an afternoon of fun and socializing among people and pets at the Annual Pooch Party! Nampa's Pooch Party began in 2007 as the Pooch Pool Party, a dog-only swimming event that provided funding for the Nampa Dog Park. During the event, dogs and their owners enjoyed hours of play at Lakeview pool. The party attracted hundreds of people and dogs!

August 26, 2023
9 am - 1 pm


Today the party includes not only a dog swim, pet-friendly vendors and a raffle, but a 1-mile walk, entertainment, contests and more. Proceeds continue to help fund dog parks in Nampa. The Pooch Party offers something for everyone, so stroll and splash the day away while supporting a great cause!


Be a part of the entertainment! Register your dog for any or all of the contests. This August dog festival is an annual event, so start practicing now to wow the judges!


Sign up to stroll and splash today!

  • Online
  • Mail an entry form to:
    131 Constitution Way
    Nampa, ID 83686
  • Harward Recreation Center Program Desk, Monday through Friday 8am-7pm.
  • Register on race day starting at 9 a.m.


  • $25 early registration
    • $30 after August 22nd
    • Includes: adult t-shirt, doggie gift, walk and swim admission for one dog
  • $10 per additional dog
    • Includes: doggie gift, walk and swim admission for one dog

Pooch Party Rules

Please be advised that this is a dog-friendly event. Participants will encounter dogs in various conditions (i.e. wet, unleashed, etc.). For the safety of everyone and every dog, all participants must comply with the Pooch Party rules.

  • Dog waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed.
  • Dogs must be on-leash at all times, except in the pool area and other designated off-leash areas.
  • Each handler is limited to no more than 2 dogs.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No dogs under 4-months old.
  • Vaccinations required, including rabies and bordetella (Kennel Cough).
  • While in the swimming pool, only dogs will be allowed in the water.
  • Please leave collar on dog while swimming.

Walking Route
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Download a copy of the route here.

Support Dog Parks in Nampa

Consider partnering with Nampa Parks and Recreation by sponsoring the Pooch Party, hosting a vendor booth to promote your products, donating in-kind items or making a donation to dog parks in Nampa. Learn more about sponsorship and vendor opportunities (PDF).