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Sounds like the dogpark is just too distracting for Molly at this point, she is just bent on having fun - she is a young dog and needs to get her 'zoomies' out.. Work with and reward focus and attention on you at home and on quiet walks. At home when you are playing with her, stop the play every so often, call her to you, reward her, and release her to go play. Practice recall at home, and on walks with not too much distraction going on, remember to have a party, feed a jackpot, (a few treats fed one at a time) every so often, lots of praise - let her know she has done the greatest thing ever! Even if it was only from a few feet away.
People often have 'problems' with their dogs ignoring them once they are off leash, because, the only time the dog hears from them is when it is time to stop playing and go home. You can minimize that by calling Molly to you intermittently, offering her a reward,and/or just having her sit, and releasing her to go play immediately. Be aware of when you call her, if she is fully involved in a play or chase with another dog, she is not likely to come, if they are taking a break, the odds are better. Never punish or get angry, try calling her and walking or running away from her, but make sure you throw that party when she gets there - no matter how long it takes.