In Part I of this review we touched on the issue of reported dog aggression (a lot of it just a rumor) and told you how much we love this off-leash dog park. Here are some more details:
There are three main entrances to the park from the parking lot, all with double gates, and several gates in the fence surrounding the dog park. Some gates go up to the athletic fields and some seem to lead to other pathways. We didn’t have time to check them out during either of our visits but I am sure we will later. I imagine they lead to trails that lead you around the larger park.
When you enter the main gates you will find the dirt-surfaced play field and the fenced small/shy dog play area. This small play area also has a double gate. Inside you will find several benches and chairs to sit on. Also inside the gate are some porta pottys and a water station.
The path has a fence on either side of it to keep your dog on the trail. It can get very congested in summer, as evidenced by signs along the trail asking you to keep moving along so as to not choke up the trail.
This park features one of the City’s only beaches open to dogs. The beach area is a separate fenced area from the path to walk down there.
As with other areas of the park, you will find several benches and other places to sit here. When we visited the park there were probably 30 dogs at the beach – most of which were swimming and chasing balls into the water. There are great views across the lake too.
There is a porta-potty at the beach and board and basket for toys which also serves as a make-shift lost and found.
All along the fences, including the fenced path down to the trail, are rolls of plastic poo bags hanging on ropes. There are plenty of garbage cans but they see a lot of poo so I suggest taking a wide berth – they are usually pretty smelly.
Most o f the park surface is packed dirt or gravel. There are no, if very few, muddy spots but if your dog loves to roll in the mud they will probably end of finding one of those spots. The surface of the main play field is a little soft and may be somewhat muddy after a rain.
There is a lot of parking here but on weekends and summer days you will have to circle the main lot adjacent to the dog-park to find a spot…..if you are lucky. That lot is pretty hard to get in and out of too.
I recommend that you park in the lot on the right just before you get to the main dog park lot, adjacent to the outdoor kids jungle gym. If that lot is full, you may have to park in another area of the park and walk in.
There are no stores or restaurants nearby. On occasion I have seen a hot dog card or ice cream truck at this park in the summer but I wouldn’t count on it. Bring your lunch with you or eat before you get here.
What is cool about the area though is the Burke-Gilman Trail, Seattle’s premier bike path that runs 27 miles from the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle to Redmond, runs right by here so you could ride your bike with your dog in a trailer or run to this park.
The bottom line is that this is by far one of our favorite parks. The streets are a little convoluted to get there but it only takes about a half hour from downtown Seattle and it is well worth the effort. Allow at least a couple of hours to get the most out of this park – or rather to sufficiently explore the tip of the iceberg.
The path down to the beach gets you exercise along with your dog and the view from the beach is wonderful. There are a lot of other dogs to play with in the small dog area and everyone who visits this park is really friendly. If you are in Seattle, this park is a definite must-visit!
For directions to this park, check out the Citizens for Off-leash Areas website for directions and a map.