Orange County's
Dog Parks

Due to pooch popularity, more and more Dog Parks are popping up across Orange County giving our four-legged furballs a chance to run, play & socialize sans leash.

Here is our look at what each of these Hound Havens has to offer, including turf, shade, restrooms and Marley's paw of approval.

Her favorite? Laguna Beach's Laguna Canyon Dog Park, because this expansive park gives her plenty of space to play ball (and its close to home!) But if you don't live nearby it might be worth the drive to visit this park.

Something we have found at almost all of these parks is friendly comraderie, between both dogs and their parents. Must be a testament to the joy dogs bring to our lives :)

Brea Wildcatters Dog Park

The City of Brea is excited to announce the addition of this much anticipated community amenity. Located on Santa Fe Road, at the corner of Valencia Avenue, Wildcatters Dog Park consists of two separate areas, 1/3 of an acre is dedicated to small dogs, weighing less than 25 pounds and the other area, which is almost the size of a football field is for the large dogs, weighing over 25 pounds

Turf: Grass

Shade: Trees, benches

Small Park: Yes, separate park for dogs under 25 pounds

Additional amenities: Benches located under new and existing trees
Pedestal drinking fountains with attached dog bowls
Picnic tables
Double-entry gates
Dog waste cleanup stations (The City is not providing clean-up bags at this time)

Hours: Open daily 7am to dusk
Closed Thursdays from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. for maintenance, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Address & Phone:
3450 E. Santa Fe Road
(corner of Santa Fe Road and Valencia Ave) Brea, CA 92821
(714) 671-4437


Buena Park Bellis Dog Park

Bellis Park is a leash-free, fenced park located on a 1/2 acre section of George Bellis Park behind the tennis courts.

Turf: Grass

Shade: Trees

Restroom: Yes, Bellis Park (main)

Hours: Open daily 8am to dusk
Wednesdays: 10am to dusk

Address & Phone:
7171 8th Street
Buena Park, CA 90621


Costa Mesa Bark Park

Costa Mesa Bark Park is located on the corner of Arlington Drive & Newport Boulevard in TeWinkle Park.

Turf: Grass, dirt

Shade: Plenty of shady trees

Small Park: Yes - small, elderly & disabled dogs welcome

Restroom: Yes, permanent facility shared with the skate park

Two paws up: Large, open park with plenty of parking & lights

Two paws down: We have encountered aggressive dogs here in the past

Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays for maintenance

Address & Phone:
890 Arlington Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 733-4101


Dana Point Dog Fun Zones

Dana Point's leash free Dog Fun Zones are found within the following parks where you pal can stretch his legs and play a little frisbee :)

Creekside Park
25743 Stonehill Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Crystal Cove Park
25044 Via Elevado
Dana Point, CA 92629

Heritage Park
34400 Old Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Sea Canyon Park
33093 Santiago Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Sea Terrace Park
Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road
Dana Point, CA 92629

Fullerton Pooch Park

The Fullerton Pooch Park is located next to the Hunt Branch Library and behind Pacific Drive Elementary School.

Turf: Grass, Bark, Wood chips

Shade: Trees, umbrellas

Small Park: Yes with 3rd wood chip area open to all dogs

Restroom: In library

Two paws up: Large, open park with plenty of shade

Hours: 7:00am to 8:00pm
Closed Wednesdays

Address & Phone:
201 S Basque Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 738-6575


Garden Grove

The Garden Grove Dog Park opened in February of 2009, located on Westminster & Deodara Street (go all the way down Deodara Street to the "Barking Lot")

Turf: Grass

Shade: Trees

Small Park: Yes, same size as large dog park

Restroom: Yes, nearby

Two Paws Up: A clean park with lots of grass, fire hydrants & water bowls

Two Paws Down: Not a large park, some mud puddles & scarce supply of doggie bags

Hours: 7 days a week, dawn to dusk

Address & Phone:
9301 Westminster Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 741-5200

Huntington Beach
Best Friend Dog Park

Huntington Central Park includes a fenced leash-free park with sizeable areas for both small & large dogs with its own Doggy Walk of Fame :)

Turf: Wood chips

Shade: Trees, shelters

Small Park: Large separate park

Restroom: Yes, Central Park (main)

Two Paws Up: Large separate parks for small & large dogs, plenty of shade & chairs, located in beautiful Central Park, close to Park Bench Cafe (dog friendly restaurant with canine cuisine menu)

Two Paws Down: Wood chips rough on the paws

Hours: Weekdays, 9am to 5pm (Large Dog Park)
Weekdays, 9am to 7pm (Small Dog Park)
Weekends, 10am to 5pm (Large Dog Park)
Weekends, 10am to 7pm (Small Dog Park)
Large dogs in Small Dog Park 5pm to 7pm

Address & Phone:
HB Central Park
Edwards & Inlet. Streets
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


Irvine Central Bark

Irvine's Central Bark features almost 3 acres of open field for off-leash play

Turf: Grass & dirt

Shade: Large umbrellas, shelters & trees

Small Park: Large separate fenced area

Restroom: Portable facilities

2 Paws Up: Lots of space & parking, handicap friendly

2 Paws Down: Marley couldn't find any :)

Hours: 6:30 am to 10pm daily
Closed: Wednesdays

Address & Phone:
6405 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92618


Ladera Ranch Wagsdale Park

Ladera Ranch Wagsdale Park is an exclusive members only leash-free park

Turf: Grass

Shade: Covered benches

Small Park: Yes, separate fenced park

Restroom: Yes

2 Paws Up: Beautiful, spacious park

2 Paws Down: Exclusive to Ladera Ranch residents, not much shade

Hours: Dawn to 10pm
Closed Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm

Address & Phone:
Oneill Drive & Cecil Pasture Road
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694


Laguna Beach
Laguna Canyon Dog Park

The Laguna Beach Dog Park is over two acres of grassy expanse tucked between the hills of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the Aliso/Wood Canyons Regional Wilderness Park

Turf: Grass

Shade: Just a few trees

Small Park: Yes

Restroom: Portable facility

2 Paws Up: Huge grassy park, lots of space to run

2 Paws Down: Metered parking on busy Laguna Canyon Road

Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Closed Wednesdays
Also closed during and after rain

Address & Phone:
20612 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-3552 or (949) 497-0706


Laguna Niguel Pooch Park

Turf: Wood chips

Shade: 2 shelters, some trees

Small Park: No

Restroom: Yes

2 Paws Up: 1 acre park with plenty of parking, Marley enjoys the short winding trek to the park

2 Paws Down: Wood chips rough on the paws

Hours: Monday and Friday: noon - dusk
Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday: 7:00am - dusk
Sunday: 8:00am - dusk

Address & Phone:
31461 Golden Lantern (near Firestation #49 & Chapparosa Park)
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Laguna Woods
A Place for Paws Park

Turf: Grass & dirt

Shade: Umbrellas, shelter

Small Park: Small area at the east end of the park that may be used exclusively by small dogs if there are larger dogs in the park.

Restroom: No

2 Paws Up: Laguna Woods has a place for dogs to stretch their legs, lots of shade

2 Paws Down: Smaller park on busy street

7:00 a.m. - dusk daily

Address & Phone:
Ridge Route Drive
Laguna Woods, CA 92653

Mission Viejo La Paws Dog Park

Mission Viejo's La Paws Dog Park consists of 3 dog play areas...the large area is 1.5 acres and the small area is .5 acres. The third area is .1 acres and is dedicated for single owner use. The park has a 40 car parking lot, a plaza for special events and a walking trail that takes advantage of the wonderful Arroyo views.

Turf: Grass

Shade: Trees

Hours: Open daily 7:00am to 8:00pm
Closed on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for weekly turf maintenance

Address & Phone:
25100 Felipe Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 470-3045


Newport Beach Dog Park

Part of the 16-acre Civic Center park, which includes a dog park, a civic lawn for outdoor events, places for art, a restored wetlands, 1.23 miles of walking and viewing trails, a belvedere and other view opportunities, and restrooms.

Turf: Astro Turf, dirt, concrete

Shade: Some trees

Small Park: Yes

Hours: 7:00am to dusk except Wednesdays 9:00am to dusk

100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660


Orange Dog Park

Turf: Grass

Shade: Lots of trees

Small Park: Separate fenced area

Hours: Dawn to dusk
Closed Wednesdays for maintenance

190 S. Yorba Street
Orange, CA 92867


Rancho Santa Margarita
Canada Vista Dog Park

Turf: Wood chips

Shade: 4 covered picnic tables

Small Park: Small fenced area

Restroom: Yes, Canada Vista Park (main)

2 Paws Up: Part of beautiful Canada Vista park which includes its own skate park

2 Paws Down: Small park, wood chips rough on the paws

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Address & Phone:
24328 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688


San Clemente Baron Von Willard Memorial Dog Park

Turf: Decomposed granite, grass

Shade: 2 Sunshades

Small Park: Separate grass enclosure

Restroom: Not yet, but on their wish list!

2 Paws Up: Two nice separate parks for large & small dogs, wilderness hiking trail behind the park

2 Paws Down: Limited shade

Hours: 6am to sunset
Closed Tuesdays until 1pm

Address & Phone:
301 Avenida La Pata
San Clemente, CA 92673


Seal Beach Arbor Dog Park

Turf: Grass

Shade: Trees

Small Park: Yes

Restroom: No

Hours: Dawn to dusk, weather permitting
Closed Thursdays from 8am to 12pm

Address & Phone:
4665 Lampson Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720