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Best Off Leash Dog Areas In Seattle

August 10, 2013 5:00 AM

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The city of Seattle started designating and designing off-leash dog areas in the late 1990s. These areas are part of larger parks, where dogs can be on leashes. With the leash laws in Seattle and the surrounding areas, all dogs need to be on their leashes outside of the fenced areas of the leash-free parks. Each of these leash-free areas in and around Seattle vary in amenities and environment, though all areas require dogs to have a license and be current on their vaccines.

Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Place N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Golden Gardens Park is north of Shilshole Marina and on the shores of Puget Sound in northwest Seattle. The dog area is up the hill from the beach and surrounded by tall second- and third-growth Douglas Firs. The area is fenced, covered with wood chips and open. The environment is calming and within a forested area. Stairs lead up from the beach below and continue on the other side to the top of the bluff. Golden Gardens Drive Northwest winds up the bluff and connects to Northwest 85th Street. Parking and restrooms are nearby for convenience. For the people, the park offers covered areas with benches and tables.

Genesee Park and Playfield
4316 S. Genesee St.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Genesee Park and Playfield is located near Lake Washington in southeast Seattle. The park is located near the Stan Sayres Hydroplane Pits and Seward Park. The leash-free dog area is at the northeastern corner of the park, off of 46th Avenue South. The area is fenced with two double gates, is graveled in the central part of the 2.5 acres and has easy visibility of the dogs. It is also near parking and restrooms.

Woodland Park
1000 N. 50th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

The Woodland Park off-leash dog area is nestled between Woodland Park Zoo, Green Lake and 50th Street. This one-acre area is sloped with benches and a dog drinking fountain. It has mature trees throughout the area, plentiful grass and a lake. The park is close to the walking trail around Greenlake, which allows dogs on leashes. It’s a great place for the dog and his owner to exercise. In 1998, this area was designated an off-leash dog area. Parking is nearby.

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Westcrest Park
9000 8th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Westcrest Park’s leash-free area is four acres of trails, open spaces and trees. It is located in southwest Seattle, above Boeing Field. This is one of the few areas with lighting for evening visits to the park. The park is fenced in and has a dog drinking fountain. There are shelters for those rainy, snowy or blustery days in Seattle and shady areas for hot summer days. This park offers a smaller area for small or shy dogs. It is located on the southwest side of the leash-free area. Parking, restrooms and picnic areas are nearby.

Marina Beach Off Leash Park
498 Admiral Way
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 771-0230
www.olae.org

Marina Beach Off Leash Park is directly on Puget Sound with beach access. The area is fenced, though low tide goes beyond the fenced area. The train tracks run just east of the area and trains can be heard nearby. This is a beach environment with sand, driftwood, rocks and salt water. It is a great place for dogs to run, swim, play and enjoy the beach. For dog owners, this area offers spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Instead of benches, there is driftwood to sit on. Parking and restrooms are nearby.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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