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Parks & Recreation

Your Dogs and City Parks

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All dogs shall be maintained on a leash not to exceed 8 feet, including trails and canyons in all parks. For those parks that have been designated dog off-leash areas, dogs must be leashed until inside the posted boundary for the off-leash area.

Dogs benefit by being protected from rattlesnakes, ticks, traffic and various other hazards and distractions. Also, poison oak is spread from dogs to humans.

Dog Parks

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We understand that people love their dogs and want a place for them to run free, play fetch and socialize with other dogs. The City of San Diego has designated off-leash dog areas for just this reason. It is necessary to keep your pets within the boundaries of the posted "Designated Dog Off-Leash" areas. The perimeters may be unsafe for your dog (such as traffic, sharp objects that can injure them, etc.).

Please adhere to the posted park rules and also:

  • always pick up after your pet;
  • do not bring a puppy to the dog park until all required vaccinations are complete;
  • be sure that your dog's required vaccinations are up to date for the health of all dogs on site; and
  • be sure that your dog is wearing a current license from the San Diego Humane Society.

If you would like to establish a leash-free dog park in your area, or add amenities to the existing dog park in your area, please contact us at Ask Parks. A public process may be implemented that will include input and evaluation from dog owners and community members.