Off-Leash Areas

Ten Tips for Dog Park Etiquette:
1. Know each dog park's rules, and follow them.
2. Keep your dog leashed until you're inside the park's fenced area.
3. Never leave your dog unattended, even in an off-leash dog park.
4. Maintain voice control over your dog at all times.
5. If your dog starts to play rough, leash him or her and leave the park immediately.
6. Don't bring toys that dogs could fight over to the dog park.
7. Keep your dog's vaccinations and license up-to-date.
8. Never bring a female dog in heat to a dog park.
9. Always clean up after your dog.
10. A dog park is not a great place for small children -- if children are with you, watch them closely.

Santa Cruz County “Dogs in Parks” Brochure

Santa Cruz County “Where Can I Take My Dog?” Brochure


City of Santa Cruz Dog Off-Leash Areas

DeLaveaga Park:Service road into Lower DeLaveaga Park. Designated off-leash times are sunrise to sunset. Take Market Street past Gruenwald Court.

Frederick Street Park: The off-leash area is clearly marked by signs and a split rail fence. Off-leash times are sunrise to sunset. The area is located at 168 Frederick Street (Frederick at Broadway).

Grant Street Park: The off-leash area is clearly marked with signs. Off-leash times are sunrise to sunset. The area is located at 180 Grant Street.

Mitchell’s Cove Beach: Dogs are allowed off-leash before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. The beach is located near West Cliff Drive and Almar Avenue.

Pacheco Dog off-leash area: This area is completely fenced and the off-leash times are sunrise to sunset. The area is located at Pacheco Avenue and Prospect Heights.

Ocean View Park: The off-leash area is clearly marked with signs. Off-leash times are sunrise to sunset. The area is located at 102 Ocean View Avenue.

University Terrace Park: This area is fenced and off-leash times are sunrise to sunset. The designated off-leash area is located at the second entrance at Nobel Drive and Meder Street. 

  • Dogs are not allowed at the Wharf, Cowell Beach, Main Beach, Laurel Park, Pacific Avenue and San Lorenzo Park. 
  • Dog owners must be in full control of their dogs at all times. Control must be immediate. Dog owners are financially responsible for any damage caused by their dog to public property. SCMC 
  • Dog owners must clean up all of their dog's defecation and must carry dog defecation removal devices at all times. SCMC 8.14.215 

Unincorporated Santa Cruz County Dog Off-Leash Area

Polo Grounds Dog Park. Location: 2255 Huntington Avenue, Aptos, California. Directions: From the south take Hwy 1 to Rio Del Mar Blvd exit and turn right at the end of the ramp. Turn right again onto Soquel Drive but then continue straight onto Huntington Drive, which then veers left. Huntington is the left for again after a short way. The Polo Grounds County Park entrance will suddenly be on your left at the top of a small hill in the road. You'll know almost immediately you're in the right place. Fenced, off-leash area, including partitioned small dog section. Open sunrise to sunset.

Chanticleer Avenue Dog Park.  Location:  West side of Chanticleer Avenue, about 1/4 mile north of Capitola Road.

Pinto Lake County Dog Park.  Location: 757 Green Valley Road, Watsonville.

City of Scotts Valley Off-Leash Dog Area

Lodato Park.Location: Highway 17 to Green Hills Road. 408-438-3251.

Sky Park Dog Park.  Location: 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA. Directions: From Highway 17 take the Mount Hermon Road exit. Turn right onto Kings Village Road. At the T intersection with Bluebonnet Lane, turn left to continue on Kings Village Road. Turn into the first paved parking lot on the left.