Located at University Drive College and Calle Aparejo, Patterson Open Space Off-Leash Dog Area is an unfenced lawn and grassy area which allows canines to run around, roll on the ground and have plenty of exercise and fun with other canines. The dogs have to be on a leash whenever they are not in the designated area.
The off-leash privilege only applies to the designated area. Patterson Open Space is open from 8:00 AM until sunset, but the sections for dogs is only open for a limited two hours daily, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. There is no area dedicated to smaller and shy dogs, so pet parents are responsible for making sure that they are safe and constant supervision is a must.
It is not unusual for smaller dogs to get injured when playing with larger canines, albeit unintentional. For pet parents and furbabies that are used to bigger parks with agility courses and other features, this park may be a little disappointing as it is just a lawn area and there is not much to do.
However, if you are a pet parent that wants a small space where Spike can socialize with his kind and perhaps even make new friends while spending his energy on something worthwhile then this place will suffice. Puppies younger than four months, canines with a known history of dangerous behavior, as well as female canines that are in heat, are not allowed in the area.
Each dog must have a collar with identification, as well as valid licenses attached at all times while they are in the off-leash area. There are no dog poop bags so pet parents must bring some for their furbabies and ensure that they clean up after them. Help the park management keep the place clean, so other people, children, and pets might enjoy them too.