The Delaveaga Park Off-Leash Dog Area is a section of the main public Delaveaga Park in the city of Santa Cruz, California. Parking is available in a lot right next to the off-leash zone or in the main lot of the park.
There are two options available for exercising dogs off-leash at the Delaveaga Park. The first is a special cordoned-off section which is enclosed by waist-high chain-link fencing. It is surfaced with bark chippings and a small amount of grass. Although it is bordered by large bushes and tall trees, the off-leash area itself is open to the elements and has no shade. There are a few plastic chairs provided for seating.
The second option is a short section of trail through the forest where dogs are permitted to be off their leashes. Dogs are allowed on all the other trails running through the park as well but must be kept leashed at all times to avoid accidents with joggers and horse riders.
The trail areas are heavily wooded and pet owners should be aware of the wildlife that inhabits the area. Warning signs for mountain cats are distributed throughout the zone as are instructions on how to react if making contact with one should occur.
There are no water fountains installed in the Delaveaga Park Off-Leash Dog Area or along the off-leash section of trail, so pet owners must carry their own water bottles and drinking bowls for their dog. Poop bags are provided at several different stations along the routes throughout the park, but owners are advised to carry their own supply with them.
All dog waste must be either deposited in the correct receptacle or removed from the park. It is prohibited to leave poop bags along the trails. Pet owners are also responsible and could be charged for any damage to trees or plant life caused by their pets.