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Best Off-Leash Dog Parks in Seattle

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Sometimes your dog just likes to get out and run, meet other dogs and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some of our favorite Seattle area off-leash parks where your pet might like to play.

Denny Park
100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattle.gov/parks

On Friday, March 30 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, there will be a celebration and official opening of this temporary off-leash park within Denny Park in Seattle. This temporary off-leash area of .105 acres is located off John Street in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Denny Park was created in 1883 and is the City’s oldest park. 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.

Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
http://www.seattle.gov/parks

Magnuson Park’s off-leash area is by far the largest, most popular and most widely used off-leash area in Seattle. The Magnuson off-leash area contains 9 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). There is an area for shy and small dogs just to the south of the main entrance, accessible from NE 74th street.

Dr. José Rival Park
1008 12th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144
http://www.seattle.gov/parks

This off-leash area is located just south of downtown on the north end of Beacon Hill. It is currently 5.1 acres and offers spectacular views of Puget Sound looking west and the Seattle Downtown skyline looking north. There are trails and fresh drinking water for dogs.

Northacres Park
12718 1st Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125
http://www.seattle.gov/parks

The Northacres off-leash areas contains .7 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.

Cavalero Hill Off-Leash Park
2032 79th Avenue
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
http://www.co.snohomish.wa.us

A parking lot, a 3-acre off-leash dog area, and a .25 acre shy dog area are open for public use. Please bring your own bags to pick up after your dog.

Marymoor Park
6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
Redmond, WA 98052
http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks

Marymoor Park is best known for its 40 acres of off leash dog park. This is where dogs can be dogs. Black Labs dogpaddle against Golden Retrievers to see who can get the prize: an old tennis ball thrown by an owner into the Sammamish Slough. This fabulous former farm is less than two miles from the main Microsoft campus. It is a great place to meet old friends, new friends, possible dates, and new dogs. Doggie parents come from Seattle, and all over the county, to give their pups some good old-fashioned exercise.

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