Dogs in Parks

Off Leash Park

Dogs and their humans are welcome in all Edmonds Parks and trails while on leash with only a few exceptions; dogs are prohibited to be on the beach, in playgrounds (including the spray park) and on athletic fields such as soccer and baseball fields. Dogs are also strictly forbidden from being in Brackett's Landing North as it is a Marine Wildlife Sanctuary. Service animals are always welcome while providing assistance to their human partner. 


Although off-leash play is considered a recreation use by many, please understand that not all users are comfortable around animals. For off-leash recreation, please be a considerate neighbor and take advantage of Edmonds' off leash area located at the south end of Marina Beach at 498 Admiral Way. Off Leash Area Edmonds (OLAE website) is managed by a local non-profit.


You are welcome to bring your dog to the park provided you follow a few simple rules:

1. Dogs must remain on a leash and in owner control at all times.
2. Owners must pick up after their dogs.
3. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time (except for the off-leash dog park).
4. Dogs are not allowed on playgrounds, athletic fields (soccer, baseball, etc.), inside the Hazel Miller Spray Park or at Brackett's Landing North. 

Dog Rules FAQ

Q: What do I do if I see someone violating the dog rules?
A: It is a violation of Edmonds City Code to allow dogs or other pets to run at large in parks, other than the Off-Leash Dog Area at Marina Beach Park. While Beach Rangers will be patrolling our beaches during the summer and requesting voluntary compliance, they have no code enforcement authority. the City of Edmonds employs two animal control officers. We ask that dog owners support our efforts in self-policing each other to the extent that you feel comfortable. If at any time you feel threatened, or unsafe around any animal or owner, call 911. 

Q: Can I take my dog to the Frances Anderson Center Playfields?

A: Dogs are not allowed on athletic fields or playgrounds which essentially eliminates most of the Frances Anderson outdoor play area with
the exception of the grass hillside and sidelines of the athletic fields.

Q: Can I take my dog to Civic Center Playfields?
A: Yes, you can walk your dog on leash at the Civic Center Playfields, please keep them off of the soccer fields and playground.

Q: Can I take my dog onto the beach?
A: Only in the off-leash dog park. Our beaches are marine wildlife sanctuaries and are off limits for dogs. We appreciate your support keeping
all wildlife safe.

Q: Can I take my dog onto the fishing pier?
A: No animals are allowed to enter or remain on the fishing pier unless they are service animals.

Q: Can I take my dog with me to my kids’ game?
A: Yes, you can have your dog with you on the sidelines provided you do not allow them onto the athletic field.

Q: I have children who are very afraid of dogs, where can I take them that will not have dogs?
A: Dogs have and will continue to be prohibited from all playgrounds (and the spray park) for this very reason. We want to keep the kids safe
(and sanitary).

Q: Are dogs allowed at special events such as the Arts Festival, Summer Market, Taste, etc.?
A: Each of these events lease space from the City and are authorized to establish and enforce their own rules with regards to dogs provided
they do not allow them onto playgrounds and that they remove all dog waste from fields at the conclusion of the event. This includes special events held at the Frances Anderson Center, events are authorized to determine whether or not they will allow dogs on the fields during such events provided they abide by the rules stated above.

Q: Can I play fetch with my dog on fields?
A: You can do that at our off-leash park at Marina Beach, all other Parks require you to keep your pup on their leash.

Q: Can I take my dog onto school grounds/fields?
A: Yes, as long as you abide by the School District signs at each location.


We hope you enjoy walking your dogs along our many trails and open spaces. Please keep them off of the play areas and clean up after your
four-legged friends.

Dog License

Dog licenses are mandatory for all dog park users. Owners of unlicensed pets are subject to monetary fines, possible removal of the animal and other judicial punishments. Edmonds residents can purchase pet licenses over the counter at the Edmonds Police Department more details.