Improve Dog Off-Leash Areas

Updated: November 10, 2020

Fall 2020

One of the Seattle Park District Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiatives is to Improve Dog Off-Leash Areas (OLAs). This initiative will improve existing OLAs through increased maintenance and updates to aging infrastructure. There is a list of all 14 OLAs on the Dog Off Leash Areas webpage. 

An on-going maintenance project at I-5 Colonnade Off-leash Area at 1701 Lakeview Blvd. E, 98102 has received additional gravel to the dog park for better foot and paw travel as well as drainage. The maintenance project has begun in the north section of the park. Access to this park will be available from the opposite entrance from the work site.

Dr. Jose Rizal Dog Park at 1007 12th Ave S, 98144 is the next OLA on the list for maintenance improvements. It will be receiving some attention to its fence line, swinging gates and the blackberry bushes that have taken over a great deal of the Park. We anticipate starting that project in December 2020.

Project Description

In 2016, with community input, we developed the People, Dogs, and Parks Plan to guide the improvements. To date we have:

  • Cleared blackberries and thistles overgrowth at Blue Dog Pond OLA 
  • Built a new fence around the 8.6-acre Magnuson Park OLA
  • Installed a small and shy dog area along with other improvements at Genesee Park
  • Installed a small and shy dog area at Woodland park along with additional improvements
  • Installed an 18" block wall inside the fence along Bell Street at Regrade Park, to prevent gravel from the OLA from migrating onto the Bell Street sidewalk
  • Installed a new pedestrian access gate and new vehicle access gates at Northacres Park OLA, and replaced damaged and deteriorating fencing
  • Resurfaced the existing gravel path and installed new benches at the Dr. Jose Rizal Park OLA
  • Installed dog agility equipment and fence repairs at Golden Gardens OLA

We are planning a list of improvements at other OLAs around the city and will post the scope and schedule of these improvements as they develop.


Seattle Park District allocates $100,000 annually for capital improvements.

For construction questions contact Peggy Tosdal at
For other questions please contact Danyal Lotfi,