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Approved Leash Free Locations

Map of Leash-Free Locations (PDF)

  • 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.
  • Cadman Community Park
    Cadman Park in Clairemont is located at 4280 Avati Drive. For hours and boundary information, please visit our Cadman Park Leash Free page.
  • 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.
  • Dog Beach
    Located in Ocean Beach at the foot of Voltaire Street, this site offers 24 hour access to the beach and ocean.
  • 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.
  • Dusty Rhodes Neighborhood Park
    Located on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard between Nimitz and West Point Loma, this one 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 five acres.
  • 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.
  • Grape Street Park
    Located at Grape Street and 28th Street this site is unfenced and is available for off leash use during the following designated days and times:

    Posted Leash Free Hours:
    • Monday thru Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Kearny Mesa Community Park
    Located at 3170 Armstrong Street, this one acre park near the Kearny Mesa Recreation Center offers one area for all dogs. The site is now lighted which allows for evening use. Hours are from 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. everyday. There is a water station 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.
  • Maddox Neighborhood Park
    Located at 7815 Flanders Street, this .65 acre park offers one turfed area with a walkway and drinking fountain.
  • Nobel Park
    Located at 8820 Judicial Drive, just east of the North University Community Branch Library building, (map) and near the Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center, this area offers adjacent parking and separate sections for large and small dogs.
  • Rancho Bernardo Park
    Located at 18448 West Bernardo Drive, this 2.66 acre park offers leash free space adjacent to Rancho Bernardo Community Park, and includes additional parking for dog park users.
  • Rancho Peñasquitos Park
    Located on Salmon River Road at Fairgrove Lane across the street from the Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library, this one acre park offers two fenced, double-gated, turfed areas; one for small dogs and one for large or all dogs, benches, and a street parking area. It is open dawn to dusk.
  • Torrey Highlands Park
    Located on Lansdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road, this one acre park offers a turfed and mulched area

General Information

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.