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Off-Leash Areas and Dog Parks: Planning and Policy

This page provides resources related to public off-leash areas for local governments in Washington State, including selected examples, rules and regulations, articles, and other resources.

Off-Leash Dog Parks

  • DOGPAW – Non-profit that maintains four off-leash dog parks in Clark County, in partnership with the county, City of Vancouver, and Bonneville Power Administration.
  • Everett Parks & Community Services Off-Leash Parks – Lists the off-leash areas in the city as well as guidelines for use.
  • FETCH! – A non-profit organization dedicated to providing dog owners of Island County with off-leash areas. In partnership with the Island County Parks Department, FETCH! helps maintain three off-leash parks on Whidbey Island.
  • Kitsap Dog Parks - Membership organization that works in partnership with Kitsap County to establish, support and maintain dog parks in the County.
  • Puyallup Off-Lease Dog Park - Clarks Creek – Simple webpage design with description of off-leash dog park and list of rules for its use.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation Dog Off-Leash Areas & Map – Map and detailed list of off-leash areas throughout the city. Provides information on types of areas where dogs are not allowed and a link to the city’s park rules. Also provides a brief description and links to information regarding the city’s off-leash areas plan.
  • – Volunteer-created and -run dog park within a city park. Website provides information on park history, how to volunteer or donate, lost or found dogs, park safety and rules, and more.
  • Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS): Patricia Simonet Laughing Dog Park – Collaborative effort between SCRAPS and Spokane County's Parks and Recreation Department. Website provides information on park amenities, park rules, and "petiquette."
  • Vancouver Parks and Recreation Barks in the Parks – A series of pop-up, off-leash dog parks hosted in neighborhoods throughout Vancouver. Based on community response to these specially permitted events the City may consider permanent dog park options in the future.

Dog Park Plans

Leash Regulations for Parks and Other Public Property

The following are examples of regulations for animals in public areas that are not designated as off-leash areas.

  • Clark County Code Ch. 8.15 – Covers leash regulations and exceptions for dogs in the county and establishes enforcement authority. Dogs are required to be on-leash within the urban growth boundary and any other designated areas when off the owner’s property, unless within a permitted off-leash area.
  • Seattle Municipal Code Sec. 18.12.080 – Dogs and other pets are prohibited from running at large in any park, except within designated areas. The Superintendent may ban dogs and other pets, or a specific dog or other pet, from areas of any park if it is determined they may be a nuisance. Lists designated areas where dogs may be off-leash and establishes regulations for such areas.
  • Skagit County Code Sec. 9.41.150 – A leash no greater than 8 feet in length is required for all dogs or other pets while in a county park, except in designated off-leash areas.
  • Whatcom Humane Society: General Park Rules and Regulations – All areas not posted otherwise require dogs to be on leash at all times. Provides rules for on-leash areas and spaces where no dogs are allowed.

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Last Modified: April 02, 2021