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Dog Parks
In the San Diego Area

Information provided by
the City of San Diego


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...

  • Always pick up after your pet
  • Do not bring a puppy to the dog park until he or she has had all required vaccinations
  • 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
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.


Approved Leash Free Locations

Balboa Park- San Diego
Beaches & 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
  1. Balboa Park, 24 hours a day at:

    • Nate's Point - Balboa Dr. at El Prado, south side of Cabrillo Bridge.
    • Morley Field northwest of tennis courts.


  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Dog Beach
    Located in Ocean Beach at the foot of Voltaire Street, this site offers 24 hour access to the beach and ocean.

  5. 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 not lighted.

  6. 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.

  7. Fiesta Island
    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 p.m. everyday.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Maddox Neighborhood Park
    Located at 7815 Flanders Street, this .65 acre park offers 1 turfed area with a walkway and drinking fountain.

  11. 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 park users.

  12. 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.


Links to Dog Friendly Sites

City of San Diego Dog Parks:  View above article and updates here.

PADZ:  The People and Dog Zones website provides a comprehensive list of dog parks in San Diego county. 

Rancho Costal Humane Society Dog Park:  Additional dog park in Encinitas.  Publishes U.S. and Canadian pet travel guides for dogs of all sizes & breeds.  

Tender Loving Canines:  Providing custom-trained canines for those individuals committed to bettering their lives through the use of an Assistance Dog


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