Oakland’s had 5 fenced-in dog parks for a while, but the rules against bringing your dog to local city parks have been pretty stiff. This past week, the Oakland City Council passed a  change to city law to allow people with dogs in more parks–both off-leash and on. Here’s what’s now possible, according to ODOGS:

OFF-LEASH

ON-LEASH ACCESS ONLY

  • Joaquin Miller Park
  • Leona Heights Park
  • Dimond Park
  • Eastshore Park
  • Knowland Park
  • Lakeside Park
  • Montclair Railroad Trail
  • Mosswood Park
  • Oak Glen Park
  • Grove-Shafter Park
  • Hardy Park
  • Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt
  • Snow Park
  • Jefferson Square Park
  • Athol Park
  • Pine Knoll Park
  • Mandana Plaza

I’ve been taking my dog on long walks in the hills in Tilden, but I am excited to try out some of the new spots, especially off-leash.

What places do folks recommend who have tried these parks with their dogs?

 

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5 Responses

  1. Park Blvd

    Park Blvd. Plaza is listed as off-leash here. Although I often see off-leash dogs playing here, there are several signs that say “No Dogs Allowed.” So is it designated off-leash by the city or are we calling it off-leash just because many dog owners break the rule? Just curious.

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  2. Paul

    The legislation just passed City Council last week, so most likely none of the signs have been taken down yet. But, they’re going to start coming down very soon. All the parks listed in the article are legally off- or on-leash.

    ODOG is hosting a party on 4/19 at Estuary Park, from 2-4 pm. Everyone is welcome! Friends of Oakland Animal Services will be there (bring them some gently used toys, blankets, and towels if you have them), Paws & Claws pet store, and Friends of Oakland Parks and Rec will all be there as well. Several Oakland electeds will be coming, too.

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  3. Paul

    Park: the law just passed last week. Park Bl. Plaza is legally off leash now. The signs will be coming down soon.

    ODOG is hosting a party on Sat., 4/19 at Estuary Park, from 2-4 pm. Everyone is welcome! Refreshments served. Estuary is now off-leash.

    Friends of Oakland Animal Services will be there (bring them some gently used toys, blankets, and towels if you have them), Paws & Claws pet store, and Friends of Oakland Parks and Rec will all be there as well. Several Oakland electeds will be coming, too.

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  4. Art

    For Park Blvd, until very recently dogs were banned (on and off leash) in all Oakland parks. That changed last month; the City Council just approved those changes, which include making Park Blvd. Plaza off leash, a few weeks ago. Signs should be coming down soon in the parks listed above.

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  5. Park Blvd

    Thanks for answering my question, Paul and Art! I didn’t know that but it is nice news!

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