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While off-leash options are still few and far between on the Peninsula, they do exist. For a complete listing of dog-friendly spaces, PHS/SPCA highly recommends The California Dog Lover's Companion by Maria Goodavage (Foghorn Press).

  • Belmont: Cipriani Park Dog Exercise Area 2525 Buena Vista Avenue; 650/595-7441.
  • Burlingame: Bayside Park Airport Boulevard, just past the Doubletree Hotel. 650/558-7300
  • Foster City: Corner of Foster City Blvd. and Bounty Dr.; 650/286-3380.
  • Half Moon Bay: (temp site)Wavecrest Ave., 1 1/2 miles south of Hwy. 92 off Hwy 1. 650/726-8297
  • Pacifica: Esplanade Beach (off-leash), which is off of Esplanade Ave near the west end of Beaumont Blvd.; 650/738-7381
  • Redwood Shores: Redwood Shores Dog Park Near the South Bay Sewage Treatment Plant, on Radio Road off of Redwood Shores Parkway; 650/780-7250.
  • San Carlos: Heather Park At Melendy and Portofino Drives, behind Heather Elementary School; 650/593-8011.
  • San Francisco: Fort Funston (a.k.a. Doggie Heaven) On the Great Highway, just north of the San Mateo County line.
  • San Mateo:
  1. Shoreview Park, located off J. Hart Clinton Drive; 650-522-7547. Map of Shoreview Park, including Dog Park area
  2. Fitzgerald Field (Central Park), M-F, 6 am to 8 am only
  3. Chanteloup Field (Beresford Park), M-F, 6 am to 8 am only
  4. Bayside-Joinville Fenced Run (near WWTP), 6 am to 10 pm
  5. Los Prados Fenced Run (Southwest Corner), 6 am to 10 pm
    Note: Fitzgerald, Chanteloup, Bayside-Joinville and Los Prados are part of a pilot off-leash program which will last for approx. one year and will include periodic evaluations to assess the physical condition of the areas, feedback from users and the general public as well as staff observations. Recommendations will then be made to the Park and Recreation Commission regarding the continuation of the program. Off-leash use is prohibited on Fitzgerald and Chanteloup Fields during rainy periods and when closed for maintenance or special events.

Also check out for more in-depth information and maps.

Before you take your dog to a dog park:

  • Visit the park without your dog, preferably at several different times of day, to get a feel for what kind and how many dogs your dog may encounter.
  • Gradually socialize your dog. Taking your dog immediately to such an exciting setting could set a shy dog back rather than help him or her. Start with a more disciplined arena like a training class, or supervised interactions on-leash with another dog. Once they're comfortable with this, start having one-on-one off-leash interactions. If your dog does well in these situations, start allowing off-leash interactions with other dogs.

When visiting a park, please follow these rules:

  • clean up after your dog
  • make sure your dog is licensed and has current vaccinations
  • make sure your dog is wearing a collar with ID tags at all times
  • dogs with a history of aggressive behavior are prohibited
  • puppies younger than four months are prohibited
  • animals must be spayed or neutered
  • never leave your dog unattended
  • carry a leash at all times
  • limit of three dogs per person per visit
  • if you bring young children, make sure they are closely supervised
  • dogs should be leashed prior to entering and upon leaving the park


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