Friendly Reminders when Bringing Your Dog to a Park
All dogs shall be maintained on a leash not to exceed 8 feet, this
includes trails and canyons in all parks. For those parks that have been
designated dog off leash areas, dogs must be leashed until inside the
posted boundary for the off leash area.
Dogs benefit by being protected from rattlesnakes, ticks, traffic and
various other hazards and distractions. In addition, poison oak is spread
from dogs to humans.
We understand that people love their dogs and want a place for them to
run free, play fetch, and socialize with other dogs. The City of San Diego
has designated off leash dog areas for just this reason. It is necessary
to keep your pets within the boundaries of the posted "Designated Dog
Off Leash" areas as the perimeters may be unsafe for your dog (ex.
traffic, sharp objects that can injure them).
Please adhere to the posted park rules and also...
If you would like to establish a leash free dog park in your area, or add
amenities to the existing dog park in your area, please call the Park and
Recreation Department’s Park Planning and Development Division at (619)
525-8222. A public process may be implemented that will include input and
evaluation from dog owners and community members.
- Always pick up after your pet
- Do not bring a puppy to the dog park until he or she has had all
- Be sure that your dog’s required vaccinations are up to date for
the health of all dogs on site
- Be sure that your dog is wearing a current license on his or her
collar from the County Department of Animal Services
Approved Leash Free Locations
Balboa Park- San Diego
& Mission Bay - San Diego
Cadman Community Park - Clairemont
Capehart Park - La Jolla
Dog Beach - Ocean Beach
Doyle Community Park
Dusty Rhodes Park - San Diego
Fiesta Island - San Diego
Grape Street Park
Kearny Mesa Community Park - Kearny Mesa
Maddox Neighborhood Park
Rancho Bernardo Community Park - Rancho Bernardo
Torrey Highlands Park - Del Mar
- Balboa Park, 24 hours a day at:
- Nate's Point - Balboa Dr. at El Prado, south side of Cabrillo
- Morley Field northwest of tennis courts.
- Cadman Community Park
Cadman Park in Clairemont is located at 4280 Avati Drive. This park is
unfenced and its off leash use is continuing. Signs in the park will
be updated to reflect the current rules/regulations.
Leash Free Hours
During the school year: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. & 4:30
to 7:00 p.m. Summer vacation: Daily 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. & 5:00
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are no leash free hours on July 4th and every
Saturdays from March 1 to June 15.
- Capehart Park
Located at the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road, this one
acre park offers the following amenities: two fenced pens, on turfed
areas: one for small dogs and one for large or all dogs, areas to
provide water for dogs, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and
benches, and a parking area. It is open 24 hours
Located in Ocean Beach at the foot of Voltaire Street, this site
offers 24 hour access to the beach and ocean.
- Doyle Community Park
Located at 8175 Regents Road, this park is situated behind Doyle
Recreation Center and offers two fenced turfed areas, one for small
dogs and one for large or all dogs. It is open 24 hours however it is
- Dusty Rhodes Neighborhood Park
Located on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard between Nimitz and West Point Loma,
this 1 acre park offers one area for all dogs. There is discussion
about adding water stations for dogs and fountains for people, and
expanding this site to 5 acres.
Located in Mission Bay Park, Fiesta Island offers a 5.2 mile asphalt
path around the island for dogs walkers. Hours are from 6:00 a.m. - 10
- Grape Street Park
Located at Grape Street and Granada Ave this 5 acre site is unfenced
and is available for off leash use during the following designated
days and times:
Posted Leash Free Hours:
- Monday thru Friday
7:30am to 9:00pm
- Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
9:00am to 9:00pm
- Kearny Mesa Community Park
Located at 3170 Armstrong Street, this 1 acre park offers one area for
all dogs. The site is near lit ball fields which "spill" on
to the leash free site which allows for evening use. There is
discussion about adding water stations for dogs and fountains for
people. Parking can be a challenge during the day as the closest
parking lot is used by students attending Mesa College.
- Maddox Neighborhood Park
Located at 7815 Flanders Street, this .65 acre park offers 1 turfed
area with a walkway and drinking fountain.
- Rancho Bernardo Park
Located at 18448 West Bernardo Drive, this park is scheduled to open
in 2005. The 2.5 acre park will offer leash free space adjacent to
Rancho Bernardo Community Park, and include additional parking for dog
- Torrey Highlands Park
Located on Landsdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road, this 1 acre park
offers a turfed and mulched area
All people bringing their dogs to leash free areas enter at their own
risk and accept full responsibility and liability for their dog's actions.
All other park areas with the exception of the Beaches
and Mission Bay allow dogs at any time, but they must be on a leash.
Owners are always required to clean up after their dogs.
All athletic fields and Robb Field: Dogs are not allowed on any
athletic field at any time.