The Viewpoint Off-Leash Dog Area is an integral part of the Viewpoint Park in the City of Encinitas in San Diego, California. Parking is available along the side of the streets surrounding the park. This is not an enclosed dog park. It is an area of the main park where off-leash privileges have been granted in a specific zone of the park during determined hours.
The boundaries of this off-leash area are clearly signposted as are the permitted off-leash exercising hours. Dogs must be kept on their leashes at all other times and in all other zones of the park. Dogs are not permitted in the children's playground or in landscaped zones. Not complying with this regulation can result in a fine of up to $450.
The Viewpoint Off-Leash Dog Area area itself is a medium sized grassy stretch of ground bordered with trees. Some parts of the off-leash area are fenced with trunk fencing, but owners should be aware that dogs can easily escape through it. There is no separate section cordoned off for small dogs.
Pet owners wishing to use the facility should ensure they have their dog trained to a reasonable level of voice control before allowing their dogs off-leash. All dogs must be licensed with the Encinitas local authorities and have their vaccinations up to date. The chasing of wildlife and digging of holes is prohibited.
There are several poop bag stations installed throughout the park, but bag stocks can sometimes be depleted so it is recommended for owners to carry a few extra on their person. Pet owners are obliged to pick up all fecal matter produced by their dogs and dispose of used poop bags responsibly.
There are containers on site specifically for this purpose. Owners exercising their dogs in the Viewpoint Off-Leash Dog Area are requested to fully comply with the poop scooping regulations to help keep the park clean for all users and ensure the off-leash privileges are not revoked.