Austin Parks and Recreation provides several off leash areas for you to enjoy with your dog. Generally, parks are open for public use each day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Access can be limited or affected by events or maintenance issues.

Leash. Play. Repeat.

The leash ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash unless you are in one of Austin's designated off leash areas. Keeping your dog on leash helps keep them out of contact with wildlife. It also keeps your dog from jumping on people and allows them a chance to be properly introduced. You can restrain a leashed dog from sniffing the droppings of other animals making it less likely that your dog will be exposed to parvo or distemper.

Internationally renowned musicians Kevin Russell of Shinyribs and Andrea Magee teamed up with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation and Animal Services Departments to produce original songs and videos to raise awareness of the importance of keeping dogs on a leash. The videos are part of a leash awareness campaign that was spearheaded by the City and the Animal Advisory Commission, Austin Parks and Recreation Board, Austin Parks Foundation, and The Trail Foundation.

Off Leash Area Rules

While using off leash areas, please observe these rules:

  • Leash your dog when you walk them to and from the off leash area
  • Dogs must be within sight and sound control of their humans/handlers at all times
  • Dogs in heat are not allowed in off-leash areas
  • Aggressive dogs must be removed from public spaces immediately
  • Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs by state law
  • Dog owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs and deposit waste into a trash can

Scoop the Poop 

Each dog in Austin makes roughly ½ pound of poop a day. Pet waste contains worms, protozoa, and fecal coliform bacteria. When it rains, dog feces runs into streams and rivers. Please Scoop the Poop and Leave No Trace.

Be Aware of Harmful Algae

Certain types of algae can produce toxins that can harm or kill dogs. These algae have been found in Lady Bird Lake and are most likely to be present during summer and fall. Learn how how to protect your furry friend at

Report Park Issues

To report any park non-emergency issues, call 3-1-1, or visit the 3-1-1 website to submit a maintenance concern online. For all park emergencies, call 9-1-1.