Sunday, June 10, 2012

No. 50 Edmonds Off-Leash Dog Park

Distance from Seattle, WA : 17 miles

Reason to go: A busy off-leash park with sand, surf and fun for the four legged kids !!!

Marina Beach Dog Park is not the easiest play area to find but it offers a good size area of sand to run and play on and salt water access. At high tide there is more water for dog paddling and retrieving. The shoreline can feel a bit crowded when there are lots of dogs chasing after their toys. At low tide the beach extends another 100 yards into the Puget Sound. The ground shifts from sand and shells to more  larger rocks and pebbles. Firm footwear is recommended for low tide exploration. The Off-Leash area is separated by fences from rail road tracks and the adjacent parking lot. During low tide you need to keep an eye out on your dog to make sure it stays within the boundaries to the north. There are no dogs permitted on the beach north of the parking lot. Speaking of which, the parking lot fills up very quickly on nice afternoons. Parking is shared between beach goers, kayakers, kite flyers, and dog owners.

How to get here:   Take Hwy 104 into Edmonds. Keep left of the ferry staging lane. Turn left onto Dayton Street. Cross over the rail roads tracks and continue following Admiral Way. Turn Left at Stop Sign. After the stacks of boats in dry dock you will see the dog park on your left.

Many of the improvements have come as a result of local Boy Scout groups. Kevin Govan from Boy Scout Troop 312 added the double gated entry system; Danny Prall and Boy Scout Troop 319 added two plastic bag dispensers; and Lynnwood Pack 363 installed educational bulletin boards.
To be added in October is a dog agility course, a Eagle Scout project from Alex Young of Troop 312. It will include a teeter board, tunnel, jumps, weave poles and more.

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