Earlier this year, we mapped out the ten best dog parks in Seattle. Now we're taking it one step (paw?) further and asking you to decide which Seattle dog park is the very best in the city. You might prefer a park closer to home but does it truly have the amenities to match up with the likes of Magnuson Park's Lake Washington access or Dr. José Rival Park's views? Based on recommendations, comments and research, we've narrowed the list down to six potential winners.
Warren G. Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE)
We have to begin with the largest, most popular and most widely used off-leash area in Seattle. The nine acre park is also the only Seattle off-leash spot with water access. The nine acre off-leash area includes a flat play area, a winding trail and several open areas along with the Lake Washington access. There's also a small dog area just to the south of the main entrance kiosk for the little guys.
Dr. José Rival Park (1008 12th Avenue South)
Just south of downtown on the north end of Beacon Hill, you'll find this four-acre park with spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. Fresh water is available for pooches and you can walk trails with them if you get bored.
Golden Gardens Off-Leash Park (8498 Seaview Pl NW)
You get choices here. The off-leash area is large enough for dogs to run and includes multiple watering stations. The separate small dog station provides a place for the little guys to run around safely. A nice bonus is to walk the trail that connects the dog park to the beach.
Westcrest Park (9000 8th Ave SW)
Created in 1999, the park contains roughly four acres and features open spaces and paths, a doggie drinking fountain, shade, trees and lots of open space. A special, separated area for small and shy dogs is located on the southwest side of the main off-leash area.
Northacres Park (12718 1st Ave. NE)
The Northacres off-leash areas contains .7 acres of open spaces, trails, shade and trees. It can get fairly muddy so make sure you're okay with that and/or come prepared. A lot of smaller dog owners like this park as it attracts friendly, similar-sized pups.
Genesee Park (4316 S Genesee St)
Located in Southeast Seattle just west of Seward Park on Lake Washington, the Genesee off-leash area is 2.5 acres and is completely fenced with two double-gated entrances. The center two acres of the off-leash area is covered in gravel, which makes it mud-free in the winter. The park also has features doggie drinking fountain.