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CURRENT METRO PARKS TACOMA OFF-LEASH AREAS

Chloe and Ruger - McKinley Off-leash
Chloe & Ruger
McKinley Park Off-Leash Demonstration 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 Off-Leash Demonstration Area
5400 N. Pearl St.

Approximately 7 acres located in the former Madrona Day Camp area on 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 right 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 on Mildred Street at the back where Camp Six used to be and walk down the utility road to the west until you see the off-leash area sign. Point Defiance Map
Expect delays in and around Fort Nisqually, the off-leash dog park and the Mildred Street entrance/exit due to waterline construction. Please avoid Mildred Street and use the main Pearl Street entrance from Monday, May 5 - Sunday, June 15. Read More 


 
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    

Zoey visiting Wapato Dog Park for the first time!
Zoey, visiting Wapato Park for the first time!

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
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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

 



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

DOG PARK ETIQUETTE

  • 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.

TAKING DOGS TO PARKS

  • 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

PROPOSED OFF-LEASH AREAS

  • Off-leash programmed/scheduled sites - Staff is planning to implement a similar model as Portland, Oregon where existing park sites are utilized on a scheduled basis for off-leash areas. The concept is to identify existing park properties that can be managed for off-leash on a scheduled basis, typically set morning or evening hours and/or seasonal in nature.
  • City Refuse Site (Center St.) - A non-profit group is working with the City of Tacoma for a new spay/neuter clinic located on the old landfill site which will include an off-leash area.
  • Schuster / Garfield Gulch - Staff has had discussions with North End residents about the creation of an off-leash area at the bottom of Garfield Gulch. This open area has frontage on Schuster Parkway and access from the neighborhood through the Garfield Gulch trail. The property is owned by the City of Tacoma.

OTHER LOCAL OFF-LEASH AREAS IN PIERCE COUNTY

  • 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 Bay Golf Course temporary off-leash area in the central meadow
    Managed By: Pierce County

HELPFUL CONTACTS

  • 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
    253-383-2733
    - shelter for local animals