City of Petaluma makes many parks available to off-leash dogs and their owners, for set hours each day. Other than the large Rocky Memorial, you’re more likely to take your dog to a neighborhood park. But, do you know about the others?
We visited some parks last week. First are ones on the west side of town and the rest on the east side. If another is your favorite, please leave a comment. We were amazed how many there are and that they’re open, unlike the fenced areas in the rest of the county.
Check the attached leaflet all of Petaluma’s dog parks and for the off-leash hours. Subject to change, I imagine and not always posted at the park. Usually, morning and evening hours. Some differences on the weekend, as athletic field s are in use.
Some parks provide plastic bags for your dog’s stuff. Please pick up and dispose of properly.
Oak Hill Park – Oak and Howard or off of Pleasant St.
Oak Hill Park is for dogs who like a view all the way to St. Helena. On the northwest area of the park is the ‘official off-leash’ area. Plastic bags available. There’s a labyrinth in the area. Let the dog training begin! Park also includes park benches, playground (for kids) and bathroom.
A few huge gorgeous Victorian homes are in the surrounding neighborhood – the kind you like to look at but don’t want to take care of.
McNear Park — F and 8th St.
Dogs run free on baseball fields while owners chat. Place to bring a well-socialized dog who is voice trained. Besides the ball fields there’s a tennis court, playground, picnic tables and bathrooms.
Westridge Open Space — near Sunnyslope and Westridge Dr., along creek
Paved trails on both side of the creek with some scrubby bushes, trees and an often overgrown creek. One dog-walker said off-leash was on the south side of the creek. We got in a mile+ walk along one side of the creek and back and then off on another path in this suburban neighborhood. Benches, playground and community garden on the north side of the creek.
Wiseman Park — next to St. Augustine Circle
The athletic fields are open to off-leash dogs for morning and evening hours of the day. On the east side of Hwy 101, this park also borders the airport. Wiseman Park is named for Fred J. Wiseman who flew the first official air mail flight in 1911. Park also has paved paths, benches overlooking fields and a playground that was flooded the day we visited.
Lucchesi Park — 320 N. McDowell Blvd
One of the larger parks of all the neighborhood parks, it also has a Community Center, Senior Center, picnic tables, pond, baseball field and path along Lynch Creek. Off-leash dog area is between the Community Center and Lynch Creek.
Sunrise Parkway — between N McDowell Blvd. and Maria Dr.
Like Westridge, there is a green area along a creek with hours for off-leash dog play. Community garden is underway in this neighborhood open area.
Hope you and your dog(s) can enjoy these areas in Petaluma. Check for the hours. And then there is always the famous Rocky Memorial. Your dog can play free in a huge area and then you can both walk along Alman Marsh, through Shollenberger Park on your way to Ellis Creek.
Photos by Mike Millar