Buena Vista Dog Park is a special park designated for off-leash dog exercising in the Haight Ashbury area of the city of San Francisco, California. There is adequate parking locations street-side in the surrounding vicinity.
The Buena Vista Dog Park is one which lives up to its name and has great views of San Francisco which are probably more appreciated by the owners than the dogs who use the park. However, there is no particular section for small dogs. The off-leash area is on a steep, grassy hillside, heavily wooded with mature trees and bushes. It's very shaded in sunny weather. It is a very natural environment and in some places, the ground is covered with fallen leaves or is just dirt so these can turn into mini quagmires when it has been raining.
There are several wide, winding pathways running through the dog park and a lot of stone steps to surmount. The dog park is not ideal for dogs or pet owners with any kind of mobility or respiratory problem as a lot of climbing is involved in exercising a dog here.
There are several poop bag dispensing points on the park pathways and bags are provided by the local authorities, though owners are advised to take their own in case the supply has been depleted. Pet owners are expected to dispose of their dogs waste responsibly in the correct containers. There are no water fountains so go prepared with bottled water and a drinking bowl.
Park users have commented that it is safer to go in twos or groups in the late afternoon hours just before the park closes at sunset. There are also posters displayed warning the park users of prowling coyotes. Small breed dog owners should be particularly cautious in the more isolated sections of the off-leash area as coyotes see small dogs as prey and may attack them. As a precautionary measure, it's better to keep small dogs on their leashes.