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Tacoma & Pierce County WA Off-Leash Dog Parks

Below you will find information about local Dog Parks and links to Tacoma, Seattle, King County, and Clark County (Vancouver) Dog Parks. Plus you can search your community at DogPark.com.


Off-Leash Dog Parks offer fun and safe recreation areas for dog owners and their canine friends. You know they really are family. For us who live in communities with Dog Parks, we know it is a great way to exercise and socialize with our dogs. It also brings a community together as we socialize with each other.

The off-leash dog park benefits the community in many ways:

  • Allows socialization and exercise of dogs in a safe environment
  • Promotes responsible pet ownership
  • Provides elderly and disabled owners an accessible place to exercise their companions
  • Enables dogs to legally run off-leash
  • Promotes public health and safety
  • Provides a tool for realistic enforcement of dog control laws

Tacoma WA & Pierce County Off-Leash Dog Parks:

1.  Fort Steilacoom Park Off-Leash Area  Come out and enjoy this fantastic park with two, large fenced in areas for you and your dog to roam and play. One section, just around 3 acres, is designated more for the small dogs and is reserved a few hours every Sunday to let the Greyhounds run. The large playfield, around 7 acres is a fun and safe place for all.

Fort Steilacoom Park is located at:

8714 - 87th Avenue SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498         
Click here for an aerial map with street names from Google.com

A few photos of Fort Steilacoom Dog Park & my dog, Jensi.


2.  Rogers Park Off-Leash Dog Park   Bring your pets to visit Tacoma's first off-leash dog park. The fully fenced off-leash area has a newly updated drinking fountain, bench and shelter. It is a perfect place for dogs to exercise and socialize.  

Rogers Park is located at:   Located at East 34th St & East "L" St, Tacoma  

3.  McKinley Park Off Leash Demonstration Area  Approximately 7 acres of the lower trail area of McKinley Park have been made into an off-leash demonstration area. Unlike a formal dog park, this off-leash demonstration area is not a fully fenced enclosure.  The lower portion of McKinley Park is fenced, providing a barrier between the off-leash area and I-5. 

McKinley Park is located at 907 Upper Park St, Tacoma

4.  Point Defiance Park Off Leash Demonstration Area  Approximately 7 acres in Point Defiance Park, located in the former Madrona Day Camp area on Five Mile Drive south of Fort Nisqually, have been made into an off-leash demonstration area. Unlike a formal dog park, this off-leash demonstration area is not a fully fenced enclosure.

Point Defiance Park Off Leash Demonstration Area is located at 5400 N Peral St, Tacoma

5.  Off-leash Park Development  

Location: To be determined

What's Planned: Creation of community Off-Leash Dog Parks  

Funding Priorities:

  • Wapato Lake - Designated Off-Leash Area - $50,000
  • Point Defiance Park 'Baker Tract' - Establish an Off-Leash Area - $75,000
  • Downtown Tacoma - Establish a downtown 'dog park' in cooperation with UW Tacoma and the City of Tacoma - $50,000    

Other Local Off-Leash Areas in Pierce County



Tacoma, WA Dog-Friendly City Guide  

Seattle Off-Leash Dog Park Areas  

King County Off-Leash Dog Park Areas  

Clark County - Vancouver Off-Leash Dog Park Areas    


To find Off-Leash Dog Parks in your community, visit dogpark.com.


Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County 


Please follow posted park rules for your pet's and everyone's safety & enjoyment.

Enjoy the parks and enjoy Man's Best Friend!



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Pam Knight

Any possibility of a dog park being established in South Prairie area?  What does it take to establish one?

Aug 30, 2008 05:16 AM #1
Trey Affolter
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Pam, I am not sure of the process for establishing a dog park. I would consider contacting Kristi Evans of Metro Parks for suggestions. I bet she can get you on the right track. The more parks we can get in our communities the better. Good luck and let me know if I can be of any further help.

Project manager:
Kristi Evans, Project Manager, 253-305-1054 for metro parks @ http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=616


Aug 31, 2008 05:28 AM #2

I moved back down to the Tacoma area with my little Yorkie and I am so sad that we only have one small dog park option down here.  Actually I'm shocked!  You can find dog parks for all sizes everywhere in the Bellevue, Seattle area.  Why are there not more options down south?  My Yorkie needs to excercise & socialization. Hopefully the other 3 projects are funded and happen.  Is there a way to donate toward these?

Sep 26, 2009 04:49 AM #3
Stephanie Hembree

In response to Pam Knight, there is a Bonney Lake Dog Park group that meets once a month at the Bonney Lake Library.  The next meeting will be Feb. 24, Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for anyone interested in joining our cause.  We are in the process of finding suitable property and in finding sponsors to donate fencing, dollars, etc. in exchange for advertising. You can make comments or ask questions at BonneyLakeDogPark@GoogleGroups.com.  Please come and join us!

Feb 16, 2010 05:25 PM #4

The Bonney Lake Dog Park is up and running. We opened late August and haven't even had the formal ceremony. Was oever with my two and noted the trails were getting beaten down so there are users.

As for getting a park going we took a year from the first discussion to opening. The AKC website had an excellant 'how to" ;list that we followed.

Sep 11, 2010 05:17 PM #5
Trey Affolter
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I was emailed this message in reference to the Bonney Lake Dog Park:


Bonney Lake has opened a dog park. It's at 18902  82ed Street. That's by Bonney Lake  elementary  and is Located in Viking Park.
The park is environment friendly with mature trees, native vegetation and trails to explore.


Thank you for the information.

Sep 20, 2010 02:31 PM #6
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Trey, thank you for your localism post on dog parks! You've been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue! 

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