Dog Off-Leash Areas & Map

See the results of our Off-Leash Area Expansion Study and learn about the future of Seattle's OLAs!

We want to keep our furry friends safe along with everyone else. In the video below, meet Buddy the dog and learn where he can roam on and off leash in Seattle, and about the importance of following leash and poop scoop rules to ensure a positive, safe park experience for all, and to support a healthy environment!

Pups, Poop & Parks - here's the scoop

In Seattle, pups are welcome in parks as long as they are on a leash; but even better are the 14 exciting exceptions!  At these designated off-leash areas, Fido is free to run, roll over, meet new friends, work out, play with his owners and socialize with his canine friends.

Dogs are not allowed at any time on 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. 

Interested in volunteering to support off-leash areas in Seattle? Contact our Off-Leash Area Coordinator using the info near the top right of this page. 

Report an off-leash dog or other animal issues by contacting Seattle Animal Control. Animal control officers at the Seattle Animal Shelter are responsible for enforcing the laws and codes involving animals within the city of Seattle. Officers work seven days a week to ensure human and animal safety within our city.   

Off-Leash Area Expansion Study

During summer and fall 2023, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) staff conducted the Off Leash Area Expansion Study to collect public feedback and help determine the department’s strategy for expanding Seattle’s OLA system in the coming years. The 2023-2029 Seattle Park District funding cycle provides funding for the design and construction of two new OLAs, as well as the design of a third OLA (additional funds will need to be secured for construction). After months of outreach and engagement, and analysis of survey responses, SPR staff presented their recommendations to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners on March 28, 2024, and they were unanimously approved by members of the Commission. To learn more about the study and the sites selected to be prioritized for the available funding, please visit the Off Leash Area Expansion Study webpage.

People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan

In 2017, Seattle Parks and Recreation released the final draft of the People, Dogs, and Parks Plan. See an overview on this page or read the plan and learn more about the future of Off-Leash Areas.


The Seattle Park District's Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiative provides funding to improve Dog Off-Leash Areas (OLAs) throughout Seattle.

For information about other current and completed projects please visit the Improve Dog Off-Leash Areas webpage.

Off-Leash Areas

Blue Dog Pond Off-Leash Area

Blue Dog Pond, 1520 26th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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.

Denny Park Off-Leash Area

Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA

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 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

Dr. Jose Rizal Park, 1007 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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. The fenced area 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

Genesee Park and Playfield, 4316 S Genesee St, Seattle, WA

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. The addition of a Small and Shy Dog Area was completed in the first quarter of 2018.

Golden Gardens Park Off-Leash Area

Golden Gardens, 8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA

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 Colonnade, 1701 Lakeview Blvd E, Seattle, WA

I-5 Colonnade 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

Kinnear Park, 899 W Olympic Pl, Seattle, WA

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, 3500 28th Ave W, Seattle, WA

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

 Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

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.

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Please keep all dogs on leash when enjoying other parts of Magnuson Park.

Northacres Park Off-Leash Area

Northacres Park, 12718 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA

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 Park, 1050 Pike St, Seattle, WA

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

Regrade Park, 2251 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA

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, 9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA

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

Woodland Park, 1000 N 50th St, Seattle, WA

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. The addition of a Small and Shy Dog Area was completed in the first quarter of 2018.

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Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
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