Gary Burghoff (M*A*S*H*’s “Radar” O’Reilly) did a segment about the Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park on his TV show Pets Part Of The Family. (direct link to video)
Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park in Redmond, Washington is our favorite dog park. It’s a 40-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park along the Sammamish River. There is water access for hot, summer days. Big, grassy fields for running all out. Lots of paths, dogs, smells, and people for your dog to enjoy. We’re fortunate not to have a tick problem, chiggers, or poisonous snakes either, so all we have to look out for in the tall grass is the occasional dog poop. It’s a wonderful place for people too. The views are lovely, we see Bald Eagles and Blue Herons, walking the trails is good exercise, and it’s always entertaining watching dogs get to be dogs.
We drive about 25 minutes to take Saffron to this park. It was here that her confidence improved so much with other dogs when she realized she can outrun or out-maneuver most dogs. She loves the grass and is interested in the water, but prefers if we get in with her. That has to wait until it warms up more.
The creation of this wonderful off-leash park was made possible by Save Our Dog Area or S.O.D.A. They continue to be stewards of the park today—maintaining and making improvements to it. The environment is also protected—for a section of time every year, some of the water access is fenced off to protect salmon and flooded areas in the winter are fenced off to avoid degradation. We encourage users of the Marymoor Dog Park to support S.O.D.A. by joining them.