Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Place N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
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
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.
1000 N. 50th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
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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9000 8th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
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
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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