The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest park district in the nation with 25 million visits annually and over 122,000 acres preserved for habitat and outdoor recreation.
Over the next year the Park District will be providing information to park users about dogs in parks, including special amenities, and current rules and regulations.
The Park District is proud to have one of the most dog-friendly policies in the entire country, allowing dogs at most parks and even off-leash at many. Everyone loves using our park trails for all kinds of recreation, but when our four-legged friends “do their business” along the way, it’s important for owners to not only pick up the pet waste, but to pack it out with them to the closest trash can.
Leaving poop bags behind is a form of littering and is a major challenge for East Bay Regional Park District. Leaving poop bags behind is against the rules and subject to fines, but with so many bags left behind it is hard to enforce. While Park Rangers do spend some time cleaning up poop bags, they have more important things to do like clearing trails for safety and removing hazardous vegetation like poison oak.
The Park District is asking dog owners for help keeping Regional Parks enjoyable for all. Garbage cans are available at all staging areas and trailheads, and strategically located along trails where feasible.
The Park District hopes to keep our parks dog-friendly and avoid conflicts with the District’s overall goal of balancing public access with habitat protection. Please be sure to pick up and throw away pet waste during your visit to help us keep our parks litter-free.