Cedar River Dog Park Rules and FAQ

The City of Renton shall not be liable for any injury or damages sustained in utilization of the off-leash park. Please call 9-1-1 if there are any issues.

Park Rules

  • The off-leash dog park is for dogs, their handlers and those accompanying them.
  • No other use is allowed.
  • No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the area.
  • All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated in the city or county of their residence, and shall wear a visible dog license and vaccination tags.
  • Pet license forms for dogs residing in the City of Renton are available online, at the Renton Community Center, or Renton City Hall.
  • Dogs under four (4) months of age and female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • Dogs must be on leash when entering and exiting the off-leash dog area.
  • Handlers must have all dogs under their control and within their view at all times.
  • Handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Handler is limited to a maximum of three (3) dogs.
  • For safety reasons, please remove any and all pinch (prong), choke, or spike collars from dogs prior to entering the park.
  • Dogs must be removed at the first sign of aggression.
  • Parents are strongly discouraged from bringing children under 12 years of age.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children should at no time be allowed to run with or chase after dogs in the park.
  • For safety reasons, please do not bring human food into the park.
  • Handlers are required to pick up after their dogs, even when outside the off-leash area.
  • Handlers are responsible for providing water for their dogs.
  • If a handler fails to provide adequate water, the liability for pet health falls upon the handler.
  • Users of this facility do so at their own risk.

Frequently Asked Questions

How large is the dog park?

The dog park is approximately 3.75 acres, including the shy/small dog area.

Is there an area for shy or small dogs?

Yes, there is a separate fenced area for small or shy dogs that aren't comfortable playing in the main dog park.

The small dog area is about 8,000 square feet and has a separate gated entrance. There are no firm rules regarding what size dogs can use the smaller area, so dog owners are asked to use their best judgment in gauging whether their dogs are a good fit.

Is drinking water available year-round?

Water is available in the main off-leash area from April through October, but will be shut off during the colder months due to the water line's susceptibility to frost damage. It will be necessary for dog owners to bring drinking water for their dogs during that period.

Is the dog park wheelchair accessible?

Yes! The entrance on the north side off the Cedar River Trail is wheel chair accessible. Just follow the paved river trail to the gate.

Is there parking nearby?

Parking for the off-leash area is available in the unimproved lot at the head of the Cedar River Trail, located under the I-405 overpass.

Parking is also available along the street leading to the trailhead. In addition, there several parking spaces available on the other side of the Cedar River at the Renton Community Center's west parking lot. This lot is easily accessed via the pedestrian bridge across the river.

Are dogs able to swim in the Cedar River?

No. The dog park is located on the opposite side of the Cedar River Trail from the Cedar River, and there is no access to the river itself.

How can I help?

Complete the volunteer form on the website.

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