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Chloe and Ruger - McKinley Off-leash
Chloe & Ruger
McKinley Park Designated Off-Leash Area
907 Upper Park St.

Approximately 7 acres of the lower trail area of McKinley Park. Just the lower portion is fenced, providing a barrier between the off-leash area and I-5.

McKinley Park Map
Point Defiance Off-Leash Demonstration Area Point Defiance Park Designated Off-Leash Area
5400 N. Pearl St.

Approximately 7 acres located along Five Mile Drive south of Fort Nisqually. The roadway and waterfront bluff area are fenced as well as about 1/8 acre area for smaller dogs. There are 3-4 parking spots in front of the off-leash area entry gates. You can also park at the Fort Nisqually picnic area and walk along the road to the south or park on Mildred Street and walk down the utility road to the west until you see the off-leash area sign. Point Defiance Map

Samantha & Ben


Anson enjoying Rogers Off-Leash Park. Rogers Off-Leash Dog Park
3151 East L St.
Approximately 1.5 acres, this fully fenced off-leash area features a drinking fountain, bench and shelter.

Anson enjoying playing at Rogers Park.
Harper (whippet) at Rogers Dog Park Harper at Rogers Dog Park    

Colby, a Japanese Akita, in Wapato Park
Colby, a Japanese Akita

Wapato Park Off-Leash Dog Park
6802 S. Sheridan Ave.

Wapato features three fully fenced areas for pets to romp leash free with their owners - including one reserved just for small dogs. Water, benches and shelters are provided on-site.

Max enjoying Wapato's new dog park
Max at Wapato Dog Park
Mack at Wapato Dog Park
Nigel shadow watching in Wapato Dog Park
Nigel at Wapato Dog Park
Bruce romping with friend at Wapato dog park.
Bruce (left) at Wapato Dog Park
Zoey visiting Wapato Dog Park for the first time!
Zoey, visiting Wapato Park for the first time!
Patience enjoying the Wapato Park off-leash dog park.
Patience enjoying a day at Wapato Park.
Clementine, a Shiba Inu puppy, checks out Wapato Off-Leash Dog Park.
Clementine, a Shiba Inu puppy, visiting Wapato Park.

Email your dogs name and photo taken in one of our five off-leash areas listed above to for the opportunity to be featured on this page.


  • Keep your dog from jumping on or interfering with other people and their dogs.
  • Off-leash does not mean out of control. Aggressive dogs must be removed immediately.
  • Guests must remain with their pets, keeping them within view and under verbal control to remain within the signed boundary markers at all times.
  • Dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations and dog license.
  • Females in heat are not allowed in the park.
  • Pick up and properly dispose of your dog's waste. It's the law.
  • Have your dog on a leash when entering and leaving the park. Dogs are required by the Tacoma Municipal Code to be leashed in parks, except in designated off-leash areas.
  • Make sure that only one gate is open at a time.
  • No wheeled items, i.e. strollers, wagons, wheelbarrows, bicycles, etc.
  • Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • Act responsibly. Use the park at your own risk.


  • You Cannot Bring a Dog or Cat to:  (service animals are allowed)
    • Point Defiance Zoo
    • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
    • Tacoma Nature Center
    • Any of our athletic complexes - SERA, Heidelberg or Peck Field.
  • Municipal Code - Conduct in all public parks is subject to general police regulations of the City of Tacoma and provisions of Tacoma's Municipal Code, City Ordinance, Park Code Chapter 8.27.
  • Leash Law - All dogs are required to be on a leash no longer than eight feet or confined to their owner's property at all times. The only exception provided for in the leash law ordinance is if the dog is in a designated off-leash area. Dogs roaming free are in violation of the leash law ordinance. Dogs are not allowed at the locations listed above, even if on a leash. They may be seized or impounded by City of Tacoma Animal Care & Control officers. Owners of dogs running loose may receive a summons and/or a fine. To report a dog running loose or for more information about the leash law, call (253) 627-PETS (7387). There is no leash law for cats.
  • Scoop that Poop - You may take walks with your pet. Along the way your pet might "doo" a little something on the sidewalk. Make sure to scoop up the poop and dispose of it in the garbage (in a plastic bag) or flush it down the toilet. No matter how big or small the deposit, you can bank on the fact that it will pollute our waters. Pet waste has harmful bacteria in it that contributes to water quality problems, possibly in your neighborhood. With all the pets it adds up, so do your part to clean it up.



  • Fort Steilacoom Park - 8200 87th Avenue SW, Lakewood
    Managed By: City of Lakewood
    This 22 acre dog park has a separate small dog area, and is landscaped with bushes, trees, logs, water fountains, shade, and benches.
  • Clarks Creek Park - between 7th Ave. SW & 12 Ave. SW, Puyallup
    Managed By: City of Puyallup
    This dog park is 2/3 of an acre and fully fenced.
  • North Dacca Community Park - 2820 54th Ave. E, Fife
    Managed By: City of Fife
    The area includes flat walking trails, picnic areas, & two ponds.
  • Chambers Creek Properties Dog Park
    Managed By: Pierce County


  • Animal Care & Control
    627-PETS (7387) or 911
    - animal bites
    - aggressive animals
    - injured or sick animals
    - found animals
    - animal cruelty or welfare
    - stray animal pick-up
    - other services requiring a timely response
  • Humane Society
    - shelter for local animals