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Seattle is home to a wide variety of parks, and although you need to keep your dog leashed in most of them, there are many fenced off-leash areas within these spaces. There, you can let your dog run without their leash, meet other dogs, and practice your recall commands.
Here are 14 of our favorite off-leash dog parks in Seattle to help you decide where to go next. Remember to respect your fellow dog owners by cleaning up after your dog and making sure any gates are shut before you leave.
The 14 Off-Leash Dog Parks in Seattle, WA
1. Blue Pond Off-Leash Area
Fully fenced with communal water and dog waste bags, shade, and seating areas.
The park stays open late, but there is limited lighting available for nighttime visits.
The park—and dogs—get muddy when it rains.
An iconic metal blue dog overlooks the park, so take a picture to commemorate your visit.
One of the quieter dog parks in Seattle.
2. Denny Park Off-Leash Area
Located in Denny Park, the oldest park in Seattle.
A 4-foot fence surrounds the off-leash area, and there are double-gated entrances.
Covered with gravel, which can get dusty or muddy and be tough on sensitive paws.
There is a separate area to keep small and timid dogs away from more active breeds.
3. Dr. Jose Rizal Park Off-Leash Area
The 4-acre off-leash section of the park offers beautiful views of the city skyline and Puget Sound.
A popular spot for photographers, especially at sunset and nighttime.
There is a compacted gravel path running through the center for easy accessibility.
4. Genesee Park Off-Leash Area
Dog waste bags and water are provided at the park.
Plenty of space is available for keeping to yourself or socializing.
The park is a flat, open area so you can easily keep track of your dog.
Kept clean and well-maintained by local dog owners.
Has both grassy and dirt areas for dogs that prefer different textures.
5. Golden Gardens Off-Leash Area
8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117
🕐 Open Times:
6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Yes, but dogs should be leashed in the rest of Golden Gardens Park
Tends to get crowded during the weekend, and parking can be difficult.
There is no grass, so be prepared for a dusty or muddy dog, depending on the season.
Amenities include a small obstacle course for practicing agility.
Voluntarily maintained by local dog owners.
Remember to keep your dog leashed in the rest of the park and on the nearby beach.
6. I-5 Colonnade Off-Leash Area
Located beneath the I-5 highway overpass.
The park has many stairs, which might make it unsuitable for dogs and owners with limited mobility.
At only 0.5 acres, it’s one of the smallest off-leash areas in Seattle.
Due to its position beneath the I-5, the park stays dry on rainy days.
7. Kinnear Park Off-Leash Area
The off-leash area is a fully fenced and double-gated 5,400-square-foot section on the west side of Kinnear Park.
Keep your dog leashed on the walking trails outside of the off-leash area.
There is a single-gated emergency exit to help you avoid aggressive dogs.
Wear good shoes and bring a towel on wet days.
8. Magnolia Manor Park Off-Leash Area
There are two off-leash areas and a community garden nearby.
Both dog parks get muddy during the winter.
Bring water during winter because the fountains are switched off.
The park was built on the old Magnolia Reservoir in 1995.
It isn’t one of the biggest off-leash areas in Seattle, but there’s still plenty of space for playing and socializing.
9. Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area
6 acres of flat, fully fenced space for your dog to enjoy.
The largest and most popular dog park in Seattle, so it can get busy.
Small or shy dogs benefit from the separate fenced area.
The park has beach access where your dog can play, but it does get crowded in summer.
A dog food cart is open on the weekends.
10. Northacres Park Off-Leash Area
Located in Northacres Park and Spraypark, so keep your dog leashed outside of the dog park.
The pathways are narrow and can get crowded with curious dogs.
There is only one trash can for dog waste at the entrance of the park.
Fully fenced with off-leash walking trails.
Plenty of trees for shade and shelter from the rain.
11. Plymouth Pillars Off-Leash Area
A small park that’s best suited for puppies and small breeds.
Limited shade is available, and the gravel can get too hot during summer.
There is a water fountain available in the summer months, but you’ll need to bring water during winter.
The park is well lit for nighttime guests, but remember to close the gates when you leave!
12. Regrade Park Off-Leash Area
Completely fenced, with double-gated entrances for security.
The off-leash section of the park is too small for a shy dog area.
Rarely crowded, but there are plenty of regular visitors to the park.
Water, dog waste bags, and trash cans are available.
Covered with cement and gravel to reduce muddiness.
13. Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area
Located inside Westcrest Park, which also has a children’s playground and a community garden.
Although there is a wooded area in the park, the off-leash area has little shade, so use caution on hot days.
Park amenities include agility obstacles, water stations, and an off-leash walking trail.
A few visitors have had issues with their cars being broken into, so keep your valuables with you during your visit, just in case.
14. Lower Woodland Park Off-Leash Area
A 1-acre off-leash area built on a slope, with separate spaces for big and small dogs.
Offers plenty of room for dogs to wander, but not so much that you can’t keep up.
Only one trash can is provided for dog waste, and there are no waste bags available.
There is water provided at the park, but the fountains might be turned off during cold weather.
The park also has community dog toys and plenty of tree cover for shade on hot days.
Although it’s fun to walk through a beautiful park with your loyal friend at your side, it’s even better when you get the chance to let them freely chase after a ball or frisbee. Seattle is no stranger to dog-friendly off-leash areas, which range in size from tiny neighborhood spots to huge, wooded areas that dogs will love to explore. Remember to bring a leash so you can keep your dog under control outside of the designated areas, to make the trip pleasant for everyone.
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Oliver (Ollie) Jones – A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master’s degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.