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Dog Parks & Dog Walks

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East Bay dog parks enclosed by HIGH fence

Jan 2012

I recently acquired a sweet rescue dog who loves to play with other dogs but whose #1 favorite activity is running away and never coming back. We are told that she can and will jump any fence shorter than 6 feet high. She was having a BALL playing at the Albany Memorial Park enclosed dog park, but they've just closed it for a month to re-seed the grass. Any other recommendations, from Oakland to Pinole? The nice new dog park in El Cerrito seems to have a VERY jumpable-looking fence. Thanks! Anonymous


I seem to remember the dog park at Frog (Hardy Dog) Park in Oakland having a high fence. Worth a look. --

Dog Park for Small Dogs near Berkeley?

May 2010

I've got a small dog who is timid with all dogs but especially skittish with bigger dogs. He really wants to play with dogs but it takes him some time to warm up. He does not enjoy the Ohlone dog park because there are so many big dogs there. Is there a small dog park closer to Berkeley than the one in Alameda? Anyone have any idea how to get a small dog park started in the Berkeley area? doesn't want to play with the big boys


i have a small dog like yours, wants to play, but timid. we go for short excursions to willard park on derby st, and monkey island (Claremont Boulevard at Oak Knoll Terrace) both dog friendly. the marina also works during daytime hours when there aren't many dogs. my timid pup would love to meet and hopefully play with your timid dog.
We have a Rug (Rat Terrier/Pug) who loves everyone and a Yorkie who was VERY timid of pretty much any dog or human; however, the Berkeley Marina is the perfect place for such a dog. There are plenty of little dogs... and once you get to know the place you will know what days are best to go. We go every weekend in the morning. All the dogs there are very well behaved. You can always post on the board located in the picnic area (where the picnic tables and water fountain is)- staying you are starting a little dog play-date group there and what times and days you will be there. I highly recommend the Berkeley Marina (it's off of University) It's called Cesar Chavez Park http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Berkeley_-_Marina_-_C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez_Park_06_-_thumb.jpg http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=12102
Try meeting up with a few neighborhood dogs first (in backyards, tennis courts, etc) so he gets accustomed to a few dogs. When he is really comfortable with them, go as a group to a dog park during off hours so he gets comfortable with the location while he's already comfortable with a few of the dogs there. dog trainer
There's a new dog park in El Cerrito, Bruce King Memorial Dog Park. It's divided into two parts, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, and it's located on Lexington (2 blocks east of San Pablo) between Blake and Portrero. It's very pleasant, though small, and has water and benches. Jane
There is a new dog park that just opened up in El Cerrito last month. It has separated play areas for large dogs and for small dogs. It is a bit small, but it's nice to have a small-dog-only place for those of us with small dogs that need to get out more! The Bruce King Memorial Dog Park is located in the 1600 block of Lexington Avenue between Potrero Avenue and Blake Street (along the Ohlone Greenway). dog lover

Dog Park between Berkeley and Napa

Jan 2006

My best friend is moving to Napa. A big part of our friendship has been walking our dogs together at Point Isabele. I am wondering - does anyone know of a really great dog park between here and Napa, one that is around half way - such that we could meet there in between? Maybe in Vallejo or somehwere? THANK YOU. margo


There is a nice dog park in Benicia up off Rose drive at the Community Park. That might be somewhat central. sroach
A place to start could be this website http://www.dogpark.com/index.php?id=9,0,0,1,0,0 Giulia

Dog Park in or around Vallejo

Nov 2004

We are moving to Vallejo and are wondering if there are any off leash dog parks (like the one on Alameda) in Vallejo or surrounding areas. Or any off leash dog areas at all. Thanks


There's a fenced off-leash dog park in Benicia, right next door to Vallejo. It's part of the huge park complex at the Community Park (it's in the NW corner, past the skate area). You can find directions to the whole park at: http://www.ci.benicia.ca.us/parks-communitypark.html

I've only taken my dog there once, but it was fun. It's not huge, but there's room to run and there were lots of nice dogs and people there. There's a DIY dog-washing station, too. Whippet Mom


Vallejo is building a brand new dog park (it should be completed by December) located at Wardlaw Park. (Wardlaw Park is bordered by Redwood Parkway, Ascot Parkway and Oakwood Dr.) The dog park will be located on the Ascot Parkway side. Jesse Bethel HS is across the street. It's a nice, open location and easily accessible. If you drive by, you'll see fencing surrounding the area where the dog park will be located. Yvette
There's a dog park in Benicia called Phenix dog park, in the Benicia Community park. Use the parking lot at Rose and Kearney Drives. There's an asphalt path with paw prints at the west end of the lot that leads to the dog park. There are also 3 parks in Napa with off-leash areas for dogs. Alston Park, JFK memorial park, and Shurtleff Park. I haven't been to any of them - the recomendations come from ''The Dog Lover's Companion to California''. It's a couple of years old but all of these parks were well-rated at the time. Beth

Where to run a dog off leash

Dec 1998

Pt. Isabel - it's right behind Costco -- very easy to find, and really fun, even if you don't go with a dog! Linda


Buy a family pass to the regional park system. There are lots of places you can run your dog off leash under voice control in the regional parks: Point Pinole, Sunol, Redwood to name a few. When you join they'll send you a booklet with all the parks and what facilities each has and allows. It's a great buy. Kay
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