Ohlone Dog Park

based on 3 ratings

Grant Street and Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

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Dog Parks & Dog Runs

Open weekdays 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open weekends 9:00 am - 10:00 pm


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Fenced in:  YesLeash Required:  No
Restrooms Nearby:  NoNight Lighting:  Yes
Benches:  YesTrash Cans:  Yes
Disposal Bags:  YesWater Fountain:  Yes

Surface type:Mulch/bark/dirt

“Ohlone Dog Park is located at Grant Street and Hearst Avenue in Berkeley, one block west of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. It is fully fenced. The city of Berkeley established the Experimental Dog Park in Ohlone Park at Hearst/Grant Streets in 1979. Now named the Martha Scott Benedict Memorial Park, this unique municipal facility provides a place where dogs can exercise off-leash safely, right in the heart of the city. Because the area is a real park and not simply a dog run, there is plenty of room for owners to relax and socialize along with their pets. OPERATING HOURS: Weekdays: Open Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Quiet Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Weekends and City Holidays: Open Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Quiet Hours: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Berkeley City Holidays include: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday (aka President's Day), Malcolm X Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous People's Day (aka Columbus Day), Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday and Friday) and Christmas Day. ”

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2posted: November 24th, 2008

It's nice that it's near where we live, but...

This is our least favorite off-leash place in the East Bay. It supposedly has historical significance as being the first dog park in the world. For this, it deserves some props, but its small size, restrictive hours, and loose dirt make it less than excellent. It's nice if you're looking for conversation with other owners, and that "community" feeling that everyone in Berkeley likes to feel good (self-righteous) about. However, this place can be a little uptight. There is often tension between dogs because there is not much room to run around in. It is mostly dirt, so if it has been raining (or, inexplicably, they left the sprinklers running all night) there are lots of VERY muddy, smelly puddles that your dog may end up rolling around in. Overall, this place is all right if you live in the neighborhood and your dog needs to stretch her legs. There is no opportunity for exploring or wandering. It's very dirty. Better for people than dogs. If you're looking for a real ramble or run, go to Cesar Chavez, Pt. Isabel, Tilden, or The Bulb.


5posted: October 1st, 2007

Ohlone Dog Park

Great Dog Park. Owners and dogs respect each other. Fenced with picnic tables and lots of trees.


4posted: September 8th, 2007

Great fenced dog park

We've been a few times and the dogs and pawrents are always fun and friendly. It is a fully fenced area with clean water and disposal areas. I've heard that there are drainage issues in the rainy season but haven't been during that time of year yet.


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