San Diego Dog parks and dog beaches are becoming quite popular these days and I would like everyone to remember that they are privileges and not rights. Please make sure to follow all of the rules for each location and PLEASE pick up after your dog. Yes, it is actually “unlawful to allow your dog to defecate on public property and municipal Code Sec 44.0304.1 requires a person to immediately remove any feces to a proper trash receptacle” (this quote was taken straight from The City Of San Diego’s Park & recreation site). We are sure to lose these privileges if irresponsible owners leave their pet waste behind for others to deal with. Pet waste can spread diseases and no body enjoys the smell or mess it makes on the bottom of their shoes!
Rules and regulations vary with each park and can change seasonally so please read the signs carefully!
Now, with that in mind, here are some of the local San Diego dog parks and beaches around San Diego:
SAN DIEGO DOG BEACHES:
Dog Beach Del Mar – Located at Camino Del Mar. Open September – June. NO SHADE NO FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
Ocean Beach Dog Beach – Located at the end of Voltaire at the Ocean Beach Flood Control Channel (open 24 hrs a day and year round) NO SHADE NO FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
Fiesta Island – Located in Mission Bay Park off of Sea World Drive (hours are 6am – 10pm open year round) NO SHADE NO FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
Dog Beach Coronado – Located at the northern end of the beach by the Naval Air Station on Ocean Blvd near Sunset Park NO SHADE NO FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
SAN DIEGO DOG PARKS:
Rancho Bernardo Park – Located at 18448 West Bernardo Drive as part of the Rancho Bernardo Community Park . This 2.5 acre park offers a yard for small dogs as well as large dogs. VERY LITTLE SHADE BUT PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
Torrey Highlands Park – Located on Lansdale Drive off of Del Mar Heights Road . This 1 acre park is a single yard for all dogs. SHADE AND PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
Kearny Mesa Dog Park – Located at 3170 Armstrong Street . This 1 acre park is a single yard for all dogs. If there are evening softball games at the adjacent fields, the park is lit up relatively well in the evening. SHADE AND PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AVAILABLE FROM NEARBY BATHROOMS AND PUBLIC SUPPLIED BOWLS AND WATER JUGS.
Poway Dog Park – Located at 13094 Bowron Road within the Poway Community Park. This 1.75 acre park offers a small dog yard as well as a large dog yard and does have lights for evening use until 9:30pm . SOME SHADE AND PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
Harry Griffen Park La Mesa – Located at 9550 Milden Street. This community park has a 1 acre off leash dog park in the middle of the park.
Grape Street Park Balboa Park – Located at Grape Street and Granada Ave. This 5 acre UNFENCED area is open to dogs off leash Monday through Friday 7:30am – 9:00pm and Sat/Sun from 9:00am – 9:00pm Holidays 9:00am – 9:00pm.
Nate’s Point Balboa Park – Balboa Drive at El Prado southside of Cabrillo Bridge this grassy lawn is open 24 hours.
Morley Field Balboa Park – Northwest of tennis courts.
Capehart Park Pacific Beach – Located on Soledad Mountain Road and Felspar Street . This 1 acre park offers a yard for small dogs as well a large dog yard. This park is open 24 hours.NO SHADE BUT PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.
Cadman Community Park Clairemont – Located at 4280 Avati Drive. This UNFENCED park will have rules/regulations posted for it’s off leash dog use. (During the school year daily from 7:30am – 10:00am and 4:30pm – 7:00pm / Summer Vacation Daily from 7:00am – 9:30am and 5:00pm – 7:30pm. THERE ARE NO LEASH FREE HOURS ON JULY 4TH AND SATURDAYS FROM MARCH 1 ST TO JUNE 15TH.
Doyle Community Park UTC – Located at 8175 Regents Road . This park offers a small dog yard as well as a large dog yard and is open 24hours however it is not lighted.
Dusty Rhodes Park Pt Loma – Located on Sunset Cliffs Blvd between Nimitz and West Point Loma Blvd. This 1 acre park is a single yard for all dogs. SOME SHADE AND NO WATER AVAILABLE.
Maddox Neighborhood Park – Located at 7815 Flanders Street. This .65 acre park offers a single yard area with a walkway and drinking fountain.
Wells Park El Cajon – Located in the southwest part of Wells park at 1153 E. Madison Ave and is open daily from 7:00am – 9:00pm and is lighted in the evenings. PLENTY OF FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.