Magnuson Park’s off-leash dog park is the one closest to us, and because it’s not perfect I’ve sought out other Seattle dog parks — especially ones with small dog areas. The more dog parks I see, however, the more I appreciate Magnuson.
It’s huge, for starters. The big dog area covers nine acres in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, and includes a narrow strip of land that leads dogs and their owners to Lake Washington and a small but well-loved beach where the dogs can play. There is a vast wood chip Chuck-It field, with a smaller (but still vast) gravel Chuck-It field behind it. There are portable toilets and a rain shelter for humans, and water and poop bags are provided. The only downside to the big dog area is that it gets really mucky when it rains. Wear tall boots and be prepared for your dog to turn into a mud ball.
The small dog area is also very large — large enough for discreet Chuck-It hurls — and water and poop bags are provided. There are plenty of benches and chairs for humans. Its major flaw is that there isn’t a scrap of shade available, which makes summer visits grueling (yes, even in Seattle!). I have also twice come away from the small dog area with flea bites, so consider spraying your ankles with insect repellant. The regulars are friendly, though, and there are plenty of regulars, so your dog will likely have company.
When you turn into the park, follow the signs to the off-leash dog area. There is a small parking lot located right outside the dog park, with a larger one a few steps away, next to the children’s play area.
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Open 4 am to 10 pm (11:30 pm during the summer)