Dog Training Area (GGP) – Renovation Project

The San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks has received a generous $2M grant from the California Natural Resources Agency to renovate the Dog Training Area at Golden Gate Park, near the Bison Paddock. In the coming months the Department of Recreation and Parks will be soliciting community input for the new design.

We hope you will sign up for details and participate in the process by attending workshops or filling out an online survey by clicking here (survey will be up until August 17, 2018).

If you would like information about the project and would like us to contact you when we are gathering feedback, please contact the Project Manager Brett Desmarais at


Concept Approved for Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area

The concept plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area was approved by the Recreation and Park Commission today. Thank you to everyone who attended the design workshops, participated in the community surveys, and offered many thoughtful ideas! The design team will begin producing the construction … Continue reading

Final Concept Design for Golden Gate Park Dog Area

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Community Workshop #3 and discussion concerning the final concept plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area. The presentation from last night’s meeting may be downloaded via this link: The next steps for the project include the presentation … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Dog Play Area – Design Workshop Online Survey

An online survey has been created to gather feedback on two design concepts for the renovation of the Dog Training Area. A copy of the July 16, 2018 Community Design Workshop presentation may be downloaded under the Documents & Materials section of this project page. Please use the following link … Continue reading

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Project FAQs

Q. What is the construction schedule and how long will the Dog Training Area be closed during construction?
A. Construction is anticipated to begin Late 2019, with an approximate schedule of 6 to 8 months.

Q. Why is lighting not included in the design?
A. Adding lighting would conflict with the Golden Gate Park Master Plan, which does not allow for new lighting to extend nighttime use. (Golden Gate Park Master Plan, Utilities and Infrastructure, Park Lighting Section 9-5.) The Golden Gate Park Master Plan, is a comprehensive document adopted by the Recreation and Park Commission that establishes a framework for the management of Golden Gate Park over the next century.

Q. Is the small play area for small dogs only?
A. The Dog Training Area will be divided into large and small play areas, which will allow dog users to self-sort their dogs accordingly.

Q. Why is natural turf not an option?
A. From past experience, natural turf is challenging to maintain in popular dog play areas because of wear and dog waste. In addition, natural turf requires annual multi-month closures to reestablish turf, thus RPD has begun utilizing synthetic turf as an alternate option for dog play areas.

Q. What kind of synthetic turf are you using and how will it be kept clean?
A. A non-toxic synthetic turf filled with an eco-friendly, non-crumb rubber infill will be used. An irrigation and drainage system is included in the design, which will help clean the turf and reduce odors.

Q. How many waste receptacles will there be and where will they be located?
A. There will be approximately 4 large wildlife-safe trash bins located between the main entrances to the two play areas.

Q. How many drinking fountains will there be and where will they be located?
A. There will be a total of 3 drinking fountains. One located by the parking lot and the other two located in the dog play areas, just inside the entrances.

Q. I’m interested in joining/starting a Friends of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area group. Where do I begin?
A. There are a growing number of community-initiated groups that focus on their neighborhood parks and recreation centers.
They are called “Friends of” groups, which are organizations involved in:

  • support and advocacy
  • volunteer clean-up days
  • volunteer gardening
  • planning, fundraising, habitat restoration
  • educational and recreational programming
  • lobbying for improvements

“Friends of” groups usually start because of a pressing need, but they often continue because the group realizes its power to effect change, catalyze community participation, and create sustainable solutions. To learn more please email: or visit here

In addition, PROSAC (Park, Recreation, and Open Space Committee) is a citizen-led group that serves as a liaison between the Recreation and Park Commission and City residents. PROSAC is an excellent resource with experience building Friends groups. For more information, please contact