Parks and Rec

Dogs Get Leash-Free Area at Live Oak County Park

Dogs can now run, jump and play with abandon at a new leash-free area devoted just to them at Live Oak County Park.

A grand opening for the 3,000-square-foot area took place Friday.

Live Oak County Park is in the Fallbrook area and features playgrounds, exercise stations, basketball and volleyball courts, soccer and baseball fields, picnic areas and an amphitheater at the 27-acre site but until now there wasn’t a leash free area for dogs. The Fallbrook community overall didn’t have a location set aside for dogs to run free and socialize with other dogs.       

The Fallbrook Local Park Advisory Committee put a leash-free dog area on its five-year priority list last summer.

“The idea went before the County Board of Supervisors in December and it approved the funding,” said Parks Director Brian Albright. “Now this dog park within a park is open and gives pet owners the opportunity to make sure their dogs get the exercise and socialization they need to remain healthy and active.” 

The leash-free area cost about $25,000 and includes fencing, gates, tables, benches, pet waste stations and trash cans. The Live Oak Park Coalition will cover the ongoing maintenance costs for five years; a sum of $5,200 a year.  

Live Oak County Park is located at the corner of Reche and Gird Roads. The leash-free area can be seen from the entrance.

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact