El Cerrito pups who need to stretch their legs without the constraints of a leash are more than welcome to do so at the Bruce King Memorial Dog Park. Located on Lexington between Potrero and Blake, this canine stomping ground gives local doggos a safe environment to sniff, sprint, and socialize with one another. While it may not be the biggest dog park in town, it's still a great spot for off-leash play and exercise!
You and Fido will find the dog park next to the Ohlone Greenway and right under the BART tracks, divided into two separate areas for big and small canines. Needless to say, it can get noisy with all the trains passing by, but urban puppers probably won't mind, especially when they're too busy running alongside their furry friends. Athletic pooches will be pleased to know that there are some agility equipment on-site as well—test your doggo's skills and see if they can complete the course!
Other amenities include a water source, cleanup supplies, trash receptacles, and benches for the humans. And because the area was developed as a demonstration forest many decades ago, the dog park also contains mature trees that help keep it nicely shaded. Be sure to pick up after your pooch and keep an eye on them at all times; even though the park is secured by a fence and double-gated entry, all pup parents are still expected to actively supervise their four-legged charges.
Another impawtant thing to keep in mind is that there is no grass in the dog park, so the place can get muddy after a downpour. Bring wet wipes on rainy days, or be prepared to give your furry BFF a bath when you get home.
Treat your pooch to some leash-free fun at the Bruce King Memorial Dog Park!