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Local Dog Parks in San Francisco

Jeff Howard October 27, 2021

The City By The Bay’s outer perimeter is loaded with great beaches to take your four-legged friends, but did you also know there are many local dog parks in San Francisco’s urban center? Let’s traverse SF to discover some of the best spots to take your dog within The City, and a few beautiful communities you and your pup can call your home!

Moscone Park


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Situated between Chestnut and Bay Street in the heart of the Marina District, Moscone Park is constantly bustling with barking dogs eager to fetch a ball or earn a treat. The popular play area borders the Moscone Rec Center, playground, tennis courts, & softball fields near the many trendy bars and restaurants on Chestnut Street.

Fort Mason


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Another excellent Marina District spot just around the corner is the lively Fort Mason Meadow. The area, also known as Patrick’s Park, hosts a yearly St. Patrick’s Day Dog Parade that is undoubtedly a fun time for all involved! When not “pawading,” this is the perfect place to let your pup run free through the grass.

George Sterling Park


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Dogs love great views, too, right? A lovely location with stunning Golden Gate views, this hilltop park is a steep climb for most, but not if you live at the nearby pet-friendly 1059 Union apartments. Russian Hill is known for its picturesque glimpses at many of The City’s best landmarks, making this an ideal locale to unwind and play with your pup.

Allyne Park

Cow Hollow’s premier puppy party location is the quaint but lively Allyne Park just off Union Street. Popular with nearby pet owners and visitors to the many nearby shops and eateries, what this park lacks in size, it makes up for in its superb sense of community. Grab a bite and let your dog meet some new friends at this lovely space!

Lafayette Park

Beloved by many dog owners residing in Pac-Heights, Lafayette Park’s dog play area constantly attracts canines of all breeds to mingle in the sun. Luckily for dog-owners living at dog-friendly Clay Park Tower, this park is just one block away from some of the neighborhood’s most gorgeous furnished or unfurnished studio, 1-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Check out these perfectly-placed and beautiful apartments available for you and your pup in Pacific Heights!

Washington Square Park

Although technically not a dog park, Washington Square is certainly one of the most popular spots to bring your dog in North Beach. Located in the center of the neighborhood, food and fun can be found all around. As shown above, this can even be the perfect place to throw your very own puppy birthday party with plenty of treats and smiles!

Golden Gate Park

While Golden Gate Park’s vast green spaces allow any dog to run free, the official training area is next door to one of The City’s best-hidden gems, the always-fascinating Bison Paddock. This state-of-the-art training ground was recently renovated thanks to a generous $2 million grant from the California Natural Resources Agency. This project includes replacing surface materials and fencing, new site furnishings, landscaping, and bio-retention areas.

Mountain Lake Park


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Similar to Golden Gate Park, the plentiful array of trails, grassy fields, and open space within The Presidio come together to create a dreamy destination for dogs of all kinds. The specially-designed Mountain Lake Park Dog Play Area is an excellent spot for off-leash dog play and walks around the lake! The woodsy park is located just off Lake Street between Presidio Heights and The Richmond District.

Trinity Place


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San Francisco’s newest community is filled with an array of top-notch amenities, and while a doggy playground isn’t one of them, we do have a brand-new outdoor bathroom for dogs to use within the 1177 Market (Dog-friendly) courtyard. Positioned right outside The City’s newest Whole Foods opening soon, residents of the dog-friendly 1190 Mission & 33 8th apartments can also access the area and use the doggy bags and designated spaces.

Jefferson Square Park


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SF’s historic Fillmore District offers a sweet off-leash area perfect for dog-owners within the over five-acre park. Positioned nearby some of the best takeout spots in The City on Fillmore Street, you won’t have trouble finding a snack to enjoy while your pup tires themselves out!

Alamo Square

Possibly the most scenic spot in The City to play with your puppy, The Painted Ladies provide an iconic backdrop for dogs of any kind! While the park is a popular spot for tourists in busses, on foot, or even on Segways, locals love bringing their dogs to this perfect play area with benches, flowerbeds, picnic tables, and more. No matter which part of The City you call home, this is a must-visit location for all dog owners!

SoMa West


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Designated as one of The City’s off-leash areas through SF, the SoMa West Dog Park under the Central Freeway, where the neighborhood converges with The Mission. The turfed play area is neatly maintained and features an array of commissioned street art bordering Under the Bridge Skatepark.

Eureka Valley


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Although Mission Dolores Park is likely the most obvious choice for dog-owners in The Mission or Castro Districts, Eureka Valley features an expansive sandy area for your dog(s) to run and play! Complete with seating, restrooms, and stunning Sutro Tower views, the park is positioned within the center of SF’s Castro District.

Corona Heights Buena Vista


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Steep yet scenic, both the neighboring Corona Heights Park & Buena Vista each offer terrific dog play areas to the public! Featuring stunning downtown vistas with very few obstructions atop its jagged rocks, Corona Heights Park supplies a variety of trails along with its pup playpen. Although just a block away, Buena Vista Park also boasts excellent views from its various trails but presents a very different setting covered in trees and foliage.

Mission Creek

Another lovely location for Trinity Place dog owners to try is the Mission Creek Dog Park, just off 7th Street. The sandy off-leash play area offers plenty of room to roam, while you can also enjoy glimpses of the water at Mission Creek. The park includes a space for water activities, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and even community gardening. Unknown to most visitors coming to San Francisco, this is an excellent hangout spot to unwind without being disturbed.

Are you interested in leasing a dog-friendly apartment in San Francisco? View the following properties’ current availability to see if we can help you Love Where You Live!

  • 1177 Market – 1 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom + Den
  • 1190 Mission – Jr. 1 Bedroom | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom
  • 33 8th – Studio  | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom
  • 1890 Clay – Studio | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom
  • 1059 Union – Studio | 2 Bedroom (No Current Availability)
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