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Point Isabel: A day at the dog park

on August 1, 2011

“Dog park” sort of misses the mark when describing the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline.  This is no fenced off stretch of dirt.  Point Isabel is the largest public off-leash dog park in the country with roughly half a million dog visits each year, according to the East Bay Regional Parks District that maintains it.  Dogs have pretty much free rein throughout this stretch of Richmond’s shoreline just off of Central Avenue, but there are a few rules their owners are expected to follow.  Keep a leash handy and be ready to leash them if they get too rough with another dog.  Scoop their poop and toss it in the trash.  And curtail your dog’s urge to dig.

Pups can get dirty playing fetch in the bay.  If you don’t want to put a dirty dog in your car, Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub can wash your dog. Need a caffeine break to keep up with Fido?  The Sit & Stay Cafe is right next door.

Click through the slideshow above for a glimpse of a Sunday at the park.


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