The beautiful coastal city of Laguna Beach in Orange County, California is home to many popular southern California beaches and surf spots. There is only one place in the city where dogs are allowed to run off-leash, and that is the Laguna Beach Dog Park—a two-acre dog play area along the western border of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
The park is incredibly well-maintained by its Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park organization, and it is also one of the first dog parks to have been officially recognized in southern California. Since the park’s establishment in the early 90s, the park has seen the addition of benches, dog accessible water fountains, picnic tables, umbrellas, a fenced-off area for small dogs, the planting of trees for shade, and a fence surrounding the park’s eastern border. It is a flat, open, and grassy park where dog lovers by the hundreds come each week to run and socialize their dogs.
Everything about the park was established with dog owners in mind. It is owned and managed by the city of Laguna Beach, and is therefore a public space available for all to use. There are poop bags provided and separate areas for small and large dogs to run freely. The park reminds dog owners to pick up after their dogs, and if you miss the signs, don’t worry, the community members will gently remind you. The only time that your dog needs to be on-leash is while you are entering and exiting the park. One thing to know before going is that the park is closed on Wednesdays and after rainy days, when the area is too muddy for play.
In addition to providing a community space for dogs and dog lovers, the goal of the park is to promote responsible dog ownership. Should you visit, you will surely enjoy the company, the wide variety of other dogs, and the well-kept facilities which allow your dog to have a fun and safe playtime.