Dog Off-Leash Areas
People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan
The Draft People, Dogs and Parks Plan is now posted for public review and comment. The Draft, released for public review on June 21, 2016, will not be finalized until first quarter 2017. The Board of Park Commissioners (Board) will make their recommendations on the Plan in January. Please check this website for an update on the exact date for the Board Recommendations. Read more about the People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan on the project page.
Seattle Parks and Recreation welcomes you to explore and enjoy most parks (on a leash), and we offer 14 exciting Off-Leash exceptions! At these designated off-leash areas, you are free to run, roll over, meet new friends, work out, play with your owners and socialize with your canine friends.
Dogs are not allowed at organized athletic fields, beaches, or children's play areas in Seattle parks, per the Seattle Municipal Code. Dogs must be on a leash at all times unless inside the boundaries of our designated off-leash areas.
Blue Dog Pond Off-Leash Area
Blue Dog Pond in Southeast Seattle near I-90 is 1.7 acres and is a wide, rectangular field perfect for throwing balls with grassy side slopes that your dog can run up and down. There are interesting art sculptures throughout the park that make it unique, including a giant reposing “blue dog” at the entrance. As a catchment area for excess water, it can get muddy during the rainy season. It is fully fenced and has running water.
Temporarily Closed - Denny Park Off-Leash Area
This off-leash area of .105 acres is located at 100 Dexter Avenue North in the north-central sector of Denny Park, off John Street. Denny Park was created in 1883 and is the City’s oldest park; influenced by the Olmsted Plan. The park has large trees and is carefully landscaped with grass and an assortment of plantings. There is a children’s play area, benches and recently installed lighting. The off-leash area is temporary until a permanent site is located in the South Lake Union neighborhood. This park and the off-leash area is wheelchair accessible. There is a 4’ tall fence that encloses the off-leash area and double gates at the entrance to ensure your dog’s safety. Surfacing in the off-leash area is granolithic gravel.
Dr. Jose Rizal Park Off-Leash Area
This off-leash area is located just south of downtown on the north end of Beacon Hill. It is currently 4 acres and offers spectacular views of Puget Sound looking west and to the Seattle Downtown skyline looking north. The park was renovated after the Department of Transportation constructed a bicycle path connecting to the Mountains to Sound Greenway. There is water available for dogs to drink. The fenced areas is accessed from a long set of stairs at the north end of the Park. It is ADA accessible from the bicycle trail. A trail runs through the middle of the off-leash area which is compacted gravel and follows rolling contours.
Genesee Park and Playfield Off-Leash Area
Located in Southeast Seattle just south of the Stan Sayres Hydroplane Pits and just west of Seward Park on Lake Washington, the Genesee off-leash area is 2.7 acres and is completely fenced with two double-gated entrances. It is easy to keep an eye on dogs as the area is relatively flat and secure. The center 2 acres of the off-leash area is covered in gravel, which makes it mud-free in the winter. The park also has a doggie drinking fountain.
Golden Gardens Park Off-Leash Area
Golden Gardens one acre off-leash area is located in the upper northern portion of the park and is a popular destination for dogs. The area includes a wide-open space covered in wood chips for playing and running. Trees are scattered throughout the off-leash area. Tables, benches and a small covered area offer places to rest and protection on rainy days. Parking and a restroom are nearby.
I-5 Colonnade Off-Leash Area
I-5 Colonade park is located on a steep slope under the I-5 freeway just north of downtown Seattle. This off-leash area covers .5 acre with several large tiers connected by walkways and some stairs. It has a crushed gravel surface, several benches, and a potable water source at the north entrance. Since the park is located directly under I-5, there is protection from the rain, making it a desirable all-weather experience.
Kinnear Park Off-Leash Area
The 5,400 square foot dog park is located in the west section of Kinnear Park. The site is a corral configuration on a relatively flat incline beneath a towering forest. A steep nature trail runs past the site and offers views of Elliot Bay. The trail connects upper with lower Kinnear Park and leads to Myrtle Edwards and Elliott Bay parks along Puget Sound.
The off-leash area is surrounded by a 4’ fence and has a double gate entrance with a single gate emergency exit in the rear to ensure dog safety. It includes a kiosk, natural feeling wooden fencing, wood chip surfacing, logs and rocks, a bench and native plantings on the adjacent hillside.
On weekends and after business hours the site enjoys a dedicated parking lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at the end of W. Mercer Street. (Enter at 904 Elliott Ave. W). Mercer is a busy street.
Dog owners should take care to leash their dogs outside of the off leash park on trails and between OLA and parking.
Magnolia Manor Park Off-Leash Area
Magnolia Manor Park is located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, with entrances at 3500 28th Ave. W. Magnolia Manor Off Leash Area offers spectacular views. The park property is part of a larger site owned by Seattle Public Utilities. In 1995, the Magnolia Reservoir was replaced with an underground structure as part of the Seattle Public Utilities Reservoir Covering Program. The reservoir is surrounded with a chain link fence and part of the remaining space now functions as a 21,000 sq. ft n off leash area with a “chuck it” game zone and dog drinking fountain. In addition, the park has Magnolia’s first P-Patch, and park space with picnic table, benches and walking path.
Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area
The Magnuson off-leash area contains 8.6 acres. It is a place where city hounds can romp with buddies in Seattle’s biggest fully-fenced back yard for canines. This off-leash area is the only one inside city limits with water access (Lake Washington’s freshwater shoreline).
The site has a large, generally flat play area, a winding trail with several open areas and changes of scenery along the way, and it gives dog owners and their dogs of all ages plenty of space to “work out”. Most of the trail is compact gravel and is wheelchair accessible.
This off-leash area has a small and shy dog area within the larger dog park. Fencing and signs were installed in coordination with the Magnuson Off Leash Area Group (MOLG). The small/shy dog area is located just to the south of the main entrance kiosk, accessible from NE 74th street.
Magnuson Park’s off-leash area is by far the largest, most popular and most widely used off-leash area in Seattle.
Northacres Park Off-Leash Area
The Northacres off-leash areas contains 1.6 acres. It has open spaces, trails, shade and trees. For people: benches, chairs and a shady place to relax. Restrooms, play areas, playfields and picnic areas are nearby. The off-leash area is in the northeast corner of the park. There is parking available on the west side of the park on 1st NE, and on the south side of the park on N 125th.
Plymouth Pillars Park Off-Leash Area
Plymouth Pillars off-leash area is located just east of downtown. It is about .2 acres with a long, narrow design, and with a scenic view of downtown. The surface is crushed rock, and it has a unique human/dog drinking fountain inside the dog park.
Regrade Park Off-Leash Area
This 0.3-acre off leash area is located in the heart of downtown, at 3rd and Bell. There is a 5-foot-tall fence that encloses the entire park, and there are double “airlock” gates at each entrance to ensure your dog’s safety. Street vehicle traffic is substantial in this area. This park also has running water and is wheelchair-accessible.
Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area
Westcrest Park is located on a hill above and west of Boeing Field in southwest Seattle. It contains approximately 8.4 acres and features open spaces and paths, a doggie drinking fountain, shade, trees and lots of open space. For people, the off-leash area provides benches, chairs, and a shady place to relax. Restrooms, play areas and picnic areas are nearby. Improvements include a parking lot, fencing, shelters and lighting.
Parking is available in the Westcrest parking lot, which is located approximately 150 yards south of the off-leash area. Dogs need to be leashed when walking between the parking lot and the off-leash area.
A special, separated area for small and shy dogs is located on the southwest side of the main off-leash area.
From the parking lot, follow the path to the right of the playground and picnic area. Beyond the picnic area, you will see the Off-Leash Area ahead, to the right of the reservoir.
Woodland Park Off-Leash Area
Lower Woodland off-leash area is a one-acre dog park on a slope. It has benches and a doggie drinking fountain. It is near Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake.