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MacKenzie Park Off-Leash Dog AreaParks

State Street at De La Vina Street 

This half-acre off-leash dog area within MacKenzie Park features two fully-fenced enclosures—one for small dogs under 20 pounds, and one for larger dogs. The off-leash dog area is located at the eastern end of the park. The addition of new benches, a drinking fountain, enhanced landscaping, and a new park plaza near the Calle Palo Colorado crosswalk are among the elements that comprise this phase of improvements to be seen at MacKenzie Park.

The off-leash dog area is open 7:00 a.m. to sunset. Rules are posted on the enclosure fences, and the public is encouraged to take responsibility for their dogs and to take an active part in keeping this new community asset beautiful by cleaning up after pets and adhering to the posted regulations.

Off-Leash Dog Area Rules

  • Dogs must be leashed when outside the fenced off-leash area.
  • Small dog area is intended for dogs under 20 pounds. Large dog area is for dogs over 20 pounds.
  • Immediately pick up dog waste and deposit in trash.
  • Fill or repair any holes dug.
  • Keep dogs in sight and under voice control at all times.
  • Current vaccinations, valid license, and official tag required.
  • Maximum two dogs per person.
  • Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Alcohol, food, and glass bottles not allowed.


  • Smoking or vaping
  • Alcohol
  • Glass containers
  • Food
  • Littering
  • Aggressive dogs
  • Dogs in heat
  • Unattended dogs
  • Excessive barking
  • Puppies under four months old
  • Dog treats

Further Information

  • Call 911 for emergencies.
  • If you are bitten by a dog or your dog bites a person, contact Animal Control at (805) 963-1513.
  • For the Santa Barbara Police Department non-emergency line, call (805) 882-8900.
  • For general park questions, please contact the Parks Division at (805) 564-5433.
  • Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dogs.
  • Persons entering the off-leash dog area accept all risks of contact with unleashed dogs. Entering this off-leash dog area constitutes a waiver of liability for any and all loss, injury, or damage to person or property resulting from the presence of or action by any dog or any dog owner relating to a dog. This provision is not intended to alter state law regarding liability of dog owners for injury to others.

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2019
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