Shinn Pond is one of 2 ponds that lie within the Niles Community Park, and the area where pups can romp off-leash is right on the shore, making for lots of splash-play and fun on the beach! Just west of the main park, where a leash is required, the dog park area sits between the pond and the Alameda Creek Trail. While the dog park is not officially sanctioned and is not fenced, unleashed pooches can cavort among the trees and shrubs on the large 2-acre area with their humans. Grass covers the expanse and a dirt trail meanders along the Alameda Creek Trail, where pups are also permitted to be off-leash with their people.
Niles Community Park is leashed dog-friendly, and you can walk with your fur-baby on any of its several trails, make use of the picnic areas and the restroom. The doggy playground has benches and tables as well for when you and Fido need a breather. Water is available for both humans and pups, and a Port-a-Potty stands ready on the edge of the dog park area.
Parking is convenient and ample at the Niles Park parking lot, or at 427 School Street. Both are a short tenth of a mile from the park. The park doesn’t provide waste bags, so be sure to bring some with you and find a receptacle to dispose of them. Leashes are required in parking lots, developed areas and wherever posted.
Besides being a space for canine activity, this park is a respite for people wanting to get away from the pressures of daily life and enjoy nature. Views of Mission Peak in the distance, and the presence of small mammals and many birds add a calm remoteness to the area, and while this is a popular spot for folks and their dogs, the area is large enough to accommodate them all without crowding.
If you live in Fremont, are visiting or just looking for someplace pawsome to take your pup, Shinn Pond is just the place!