posted on: 09/14/2011 - 4:47pm by Cosmos
Simba writes: Dear Cosmos, With Balboa Park being home to three dog parks, should I just go to the one that’s closest? Or is one better than the others?
Cosmos: Just as no two dogs are alike, no two dog parks are either, even when they are located in the same “park.” Though convenience is obviously important to “on the go” hounds such as yourself, you should be aware of each dog park’s distinctive personality.
For example, Nate’s Point, the granddaddy of all dog parks in Balboa Park, reflects the hustle and bustle of its Banker’s Hill location. There’s lots of activity and buzz here, as cars cruise down and people walk along the adjacent Cabrillo Bridge, a main thoroughfare into Balboa Park’s busy Central Mesa area. But while Nate’s Point is the only one of the three dog parks that is entirely fenced in, it’s also the only one without its own parking lot.
For pups with poor parking karma, Morley Field boasts the largest lot of all the dog parks. It’s accessed from a side road off the main entrance to the Morley Field Sports Complex. With no fences and surrounded by canyons and playing fields, this dog park has a very open feel to it. Just as Nate’s Point makes for an excellent off-leash pit stop on your way to the museum mall, Morley Field provides a nice segue to numerous hiking trails and human play areas.
Unlike the other centrally located dog parks, Grape Street Dog Park takes visitors off the beaten path into a quiet residential area, which gives this park its unique neighborhood charm. In spite of this feeling of intimacy, Grape Street is actually the largest of the three dog parks; so big, in fact, it’s also the only one with its own restroom. Not surprisingly, the South Park neighborhood where it’s located is quite pet friendly, and its quaint business district offers many eateries with outdoor seating.
With all that said, ultimately it’s the people and their pooches that make the biggest difference when it comes to good dog parks. So I suggest trying them all out to see which neighborhood pack fits your personality best.