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Seattle’s 10 best dog parks, mapped

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Dog owners can tell you that finding a reliable place to take your pooch to go running or for building up their doggy social skills can be difficult—and when you live in a city like Seattle where backyards and lawns are increasingly hard to come by, a quality off-leash dog park can be a godsend.

Even if you already have a beloved dog park, a new experience can bring some new smells and pals for your canine buddy—and break up the monotony for you, too. Fortunately, in a park-heavy city like Seattle, there’s no shortage of quality dog parks to choose from, even if your amenity-rich tech workplace doesn’t offer it as a job perk. Many of them have some key features for humans, too.

Here are ten highly-rated dog parks around town, ordered from north to south. Is yours on the list? (If not, should it be? Send us a tip about it.)

Editor’s note: This map was originally published March 5, 2014.

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1. Northacres Off-Leash Dog Area

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12718 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 684-4075
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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 or come prepared.

2. Golden Gardens Park

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8498 Seaview Pl NW
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 684-4075
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You get choices at Golden Gardens. The park’s 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, although dogs technically aren’t allowed in public swim areas in Seattle parks.

3. Warren G. Magnuson Park off-leash area

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7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4075
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Magnuson Park’s off-leash area is the largest—and arguably the most widely used—one in Seattle. The nine-acre park is also the only Seattle off-leash spot with water access.

4. Woodland Park off-leash area

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1000 N 50th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 684-4075
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The enclosed area isn’t the biggest, but the hilly spot means plenty of chances for exercise. There’s water up top and toys down below. A post-play walk around the park makes for a nice wind-down as well. It can get a little crazy during “rush hour.”

5. Magnolia Manor Park

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3500 28th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 684-4075
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In 1995, the Magnolia Reservoir was replaced and surrounded with a chain link fence. Part of the remaining space now functions as a 21,000-square-foot off leash-area with a “chuck it” game zone and dog drinking fountain.

6. Regrade Dog Park

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2251 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 684-4075
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This third-acre, off-leash area is right in the heart of Belltown. Double “airlock”-style gates at each entrance to ensure your dog’s safety from traffic outside. Maybe not the most greenery-filled of the dog parks, but it gets the job done.

7. Dr. Jose Rizal Park

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1007 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 684-4075
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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, plus a gated off-leash area. Fresh water is available for pooches and you can walk trails with them if you get bored.

8. Blue Dog Pond

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1520 26th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 684-4075
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This third-of-an-acre park is a wide, rectangular field perfect for throwing balls with grassy side slopes that your dog can run up and down. Keep an eye out for the giant reposing “blue dog” statue at the entrance. Heads up: It can get muddy during the rainy season.

9. Genesee Dog Park

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4513 S Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98118

Located in Southeast Seattle just west of Seward Park on Lake Washington, the Genesee off-leash area is two and a half acres and is completely fenced with two double-gated entrances. The center two acres of the off-leash area are covered in gravel, which makes it mud-free in the winter. The park also features a doggie drinking fountain.

10. Westcrest Park off-leash area

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SW Henderson St
Seattle, WA 98106

Created in 1999, Westcrest 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, and both areas have a special little hiking trail (also off-leash!) just for canines and their people.

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1. Northacres Off-Leash Dog Area

12718 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

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 or come prepared.

12718 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

2. Golden Gardens Park

8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117

You get choices at Golden Gardens. The park’s 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, although dogs technically aren’t allowed in public swim areas in Seattle parks.

8498 Seaview Pl NW
Seattle, WA 98117

3. Warren G. Magnuson Park off-leash area

7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Magnuson Park’s off-leash area is the largest—and arguably the most widely used—one in Seattle. The nine-acre park is also the only Seattle off-leash spot with water access.

7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

4. Woodland Park off-leash area

1000 N 50th St, Seattle, WA 98103

The enclosed area isn’t the biggest, but the hilly spot means plenty of chances for exercise. There’s water up top and toys down below. A post-play walk around the park makes for a nice wind-down as well. It can get a little crazy during “rush hour.”

1000 N 50th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Magnolia Manor Park

3500 28th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

In 1995, the Magnolia Reservoir was replaced and surrounded with a chain link fence. Part of the remaining space now functions as a 21,000-square-foot off leash-area with a “chuck it” game zone and dog drinking fountain.

3500 28th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199

6. Regrade Dog Park

2251 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

This third-acre, off-leash area is right in the heart of Belltown. Double “airlock”-style gates at each entrance to ensure your dog’s safety from traffic outside. Maybe not the most greenery-filled of the dog parks, but it gets the job done.

2251 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

7. Dr. Jose Rizal Park

1007 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

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, plus a gated off-leash area. Fresh water is available for pooches and you can walk trails with them if you get bored.

1007 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

8. Blue Dog Pond

1520 26th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

This third-of-an-acre park is a wide, rectangular field perfect for throwing balls with grassy side slopes that your dog can run up and down. Keep an eye out for the giant reposing “blue dog” statue at the entrance. Heads up: It can get muddy during the rainy season.

1520 26th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Genesee Dog Park

4513 S Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98118

Located in Southeast Seattle just west of Seward Park on Lake Washington, the Genesee off-leash area is two and a half acres and is completely fenced with two double-gated entrances. The center two acres of the off-leash area are covered in gravel, which makes it mud-free in the winter. The park also features a doggie drinking fountain.

4513 S Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98118

10. Westcrest Park off-leash area

SW Henderson St, Seattle, WA 98106

Created in 1999, Westcrest 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, and both areas have a special little hiking trail (also off-leash!) just for canines and their people.

SW Henderson St
Seattle, WA 98106