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General information for dog owners

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.

In general, dogs are allowed on beaches after 6 p.m. from April 1 to Oct. 31 or after 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31. Licensed dogs are allowed on the beach, and on sidewalks and park areas near the beach, during the night and early morning hours until 9 a.m., but they must be leashed.

Whenever you take your dog to the beach, you must be prepared to pick up after your pet. You must clean up after your dog at leashed or unleashed areas. It is unlawful to leave refuse of any type on our beaches.

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.

Dog Leash-Free Locations:

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.

Best practices

Balboa park

24 hours a day at:

Nate's Point - Balboa Drive at El Prado, south side of Cabrillo Bridge.

Morley Field northwest of tennis courts.

Cadman Community Park

Cadman Park located at 4280 Avati Drive in Clairemont. For hours and boundary information, please visit our Cadman Park Leash Free page.

Capehart Park

Located at the corner of Felspar Street and Soledad Mountain Road in Pacific Beach, this 1-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.

Charles L Lewis III Memorial Park

Located at 4750 Home Ave. in City Heights, this linear park was opened in December 2015 and it includes a playground, half court basketball court, restrooms and .5-acre single pen off-leash dog park located on the northern end of the park.

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 in University City, 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, in Ocean Beach; this 1-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 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday.

Grape Street Park

Located at Grape and 28th streets in South Park, 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 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kearny Mesa Community Park

Located at 3170 Armstrong St. in Kearny Mesa, this 1-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. to 10 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 St. in Mira Mesa, this .65-acre park offers one turfed area with a walkway and drinking fountain.

Nobel Park

Located at 8820 Judicial Drive in University City, just east of the North University Community Branch Library building, (map (link is external)) 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 1-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 from dawn to dusk.

Torrey Highlands Park

Located on Lansdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road, this 1-acre park offers a turfed and mulched area.

Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park

Located at 3905 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights, this off-leash dog area is positioned off 40th Street right next to the Interstate 15 freeway. The park includes the following amenities: two fenced pens on tumbled wood chipped areas: one for small dogs and one for large or all dogs, pergolas, park benches and a parking area. The park is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.