May 24, 2017
Six years ago Mr. Bean, a big white mixed breed dog, came for a two-week visit. After three weeks we began to wonder what we would do with such a large dog in a tiny house. Three cats, two adults and one substantial dog in a 720 square foot house makes for a cozy living arrangement. By week four, we had fallen completely, utterly in love with our eternally happy new family member. Even his tail has the upturn of a constant smile. He would dance for his breakfast, enthusiastically learn new tricks and was especially pleased when we would venture to the dog park. I’m not sure if he was into the other dogs, but all those balls and people to throw them - heaven on earth!
For us, Ragle Park in Sebastopol is the closest Dog Park to our home, but there are such a variety of parks in Sonoma County to choose from. Mr. Bean and I have made a list of Sonoma County dog parks for you to enjoy. Please make sure to follow the rules and respect other dogs and people, pick up the poop (most parks have poop bags and disposal so please use them!) and have fun.
Ernie Smith Regional Park 18776 Gilman Dr This county park includes a half-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park with picnic tables and a pet drinking fountain. Licensed dogs are allowed elsewhere in the park only on a leash no more than 6 feet long.
Elizabeth Anne Perrone Dog Park @ Sonoma Valley Regional Park 13630 Sonoma Hwy.
The City of Petaluma provides fenced dog-run areas in the following parks:
Arroyo Park 1827 Village E Dr.
Bond Park Banff Way off Maria Drive
Del Oro Park 1228 Del Sol Way
Glenbrook Park, Lucchesi Park 320 N McDowell Blvd
McNear Park 1008 G St
Oak Hill Park Howard Street
Prince Park 2301 E Washington St
Rocky Memorial Dog Park Casa Grande Rd.
Sunrise Parkway Westridge Open Space
Wiseman Airport Park St Augustine Cir.
Urban separator area at the intersection of Corona and Ely.
707-778-4380 or www.cityofpetaluma.net
Ragle Ranch Regional Park, (500 Ragle Rd). This 157-acre county park includes a half-acre, fenced, off-leash play area, with a redwood chip surface, mud-free dog-watering area and easy-access parking. One hour each day is reserved for small dogs (up to 30 pounds); from 11 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday, and from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ragle Ranch Regional Park
The City of Rohnert Park operates enclosed dog areas in:
707-588-3456 or www.ci.rohnertpark.ca.us
The city provides fenced, off-leash areas for dogs in the following areas:
De Turk Round Barn Park 819 Donahue St, (quarter acre)
Doyle Community Park 700 Doyle Park Dr. (quarter acre)
Galvin Community Park 3330 Yulupa Ave. (half acre)
Hilliard Comstock Northwest Community Dog Park 2620 W Steele Ln (half acre)
A Place to Play Park 2375 W 3rd St
Rincon Valley Community Park 5108 Badger Rd. (half acre)
Santa Rosa 707-543-3291 or srcity.org
Ernest Holman Memorial Dog Park, 1/4 acre, fenced, off-leash dog area 151 First St. W, Sonoma, Ca.
707-938-3332 or www.sonomacity.org
Sonoma Valley Regional Park This 162 acre county park includes the Elizabeth Anne Perrone Dog Park, a fenced, one-acre, off-leach play area with a double-gated entry, dog drinking fountain, and a shade gazebo. The park also offers paved and dirt trails; outside the play area, dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
Windsor Dog Park, fenced, 1/2 acre Pleasant Avenue Park, 302 Sugar Maple Lane.
707-838-1260 or www.townofwindsor.com
Shelly Spriggs (707) 565-3080. Have fun with the dogs at Dog-friendly parks across Sonoma County.
AND for an added treat for you AND your dog(s) check out Dog-Friendly Trails in Sonoma County - a guide written by Regional Parks staff who love dogs!
PHOTOS by Tom Reynolds, volunteer for Sonoma County Regional Parks
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