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Seattle, WA off-leash dog park: Genesee Park

This dog park, in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, is significantly smaller than Magnuson Park‘s off-leash area, but it’s still a good size. There are benches for humans, and poop bags are available. I didn’t see any source of water. [Editor’s note: But see the comment from Declan, below.] The park is on a small hill, so mud is likely not to be a problem.

That said, Chloe and I stayed for about a minute, and then hot-footed it out of there. There is no small ‘n’ shy area, and we witnessed a really tense encounter between a collection of big dogs barely under their dogwalker’s control and a very unhappy Corgi dog. Dog parks are such a rarity that I hate to bad-mouth any of them, and most of the dogs and owners there seemed to be enjoying themselves. I’ll just say that we were happy to leave and drive up to Magnuson Park instead.

There is plenty of street parking on S. Genesee Street next to the fenced off-leash area.

Genesee Park
4316 S. Genesee Street
SeattleWA 98118
Open 4 am to 11:30 pm


  • Hi, Declan! Thanks so much for the correction — I’ve made a note in the post, as you’ll see. I have friends who rave — truly rave — about Marymoor, and it does sound wonderful. For me, it’s a no-op, because it doesn’t have a designated small dog area — and that’s a deal-breaker for me.

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