Chloe and I went to the Golden Gardens off-leash dog area in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood this morning, and we can report that it includes an area for small dogs — always a cause for celebration — and is in a lovely wooded location. The big dog area has lots of trees and benches, and the ground is covered in wood chips.
The small dog area is just to the north and shares one length of fence with the big dog area. You reach it by walking along the west side of the dog park, past the big yellow sculpture, and entering the gate on the north side. It’s small — much smaller than Magnuson Park‘s small dog area — but it has a couple of benches and poop bags are provided. I didn’t see a source of water in the small dog area. It’s set on a hill, but the ground is mostly dirt, so I suspect that it’ll be muddy in the rainy season — come prepared!
At the south end of the big dog area are toilets for humans. There is plenty of parking in the lot at the south side of the off-leash area.
Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Place N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
Open 6 am to 11:30 pm