Dog Parks in and Around East County San Diego

Posted on 22 Mar, 2019

A recent survey rated the San Diego area as the fourth most dog-friendly locale in the country. And for lucky dogs whose families make their homes in Weston, the living is especially good. That’s because there is no shortage of nearby dog parks to explore both on and off the leash. Here are a few of our favorites.

Off-Leash Parks in East County
Less than five miles from Weston, you’ll find numerous off-leash options in Santee. Start the morning at Big Rock Park’s off-leash area, open from dawn to 9 a.m. daily. Woodglen Vista Park is another Santee option, with nearly one acre of fenced-in space for your pup to romp freely. And though Mast Park is currently closed for renovations, once it reopens, there will be a dog park area with three dedicated sections—one for puppies, another for smaller dogs and a third for larger dogs. It is anticipated to reopen in late 2019.

Off-Leash Parks Around East County
Within a 25-mile radius of Weston, there are several dog parks that offer the perfect spot to let your pup get their energy out and socialize with other dogs.

At the south end of Rancho Bernardo Community Park, you’ll find another, larger park—the Rancho Bernardo Dog Park. This 2-acre fenced-in park is divided into three pens, and has benches and water available.

If Fido needs a bit more room to roam, head over to Balboa Park. There, you can choose from one of three parks just for him. The largest, Grape Street Dog Park, spans an impressive 5 acres, with open fields shaded by eucalyptus groves. When you both need a break, the park has restrooms and two doggie water fountains.

On and Off the Leash
Think of Canine Corners Dog Park, in nearby La Mesa, as a dog’s version of the perfect networking community. Canines can meet, greet and play with similar-sized dogs in three large areas, while their humans relax in the shade. The park has its own Facebook page with a community of nearly 500 followers, and you can even upload photos of your dog’s play dates on the park’s website. And don’t miss their special events like the park’s Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest and Festival.

Morley Field Dog Park is another Balboa Park option. Near the Morley Field Sports Complex, it features a large field for off-leash play, as well as easy access to the Florida Canyon Nature Trails for on-leash hikes.

Dog Beaches
No dog would be a true Southern Californian without an occasional run in the sand and surf. When your canine is barking for a beach day, head to Dog Beach and Fiesta Island. Both are just a short drive from your Weston home. For a list and map of other pet-friendly parks, the San Diego Parks and Recreation website is a great resource.

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