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Sierra 2 Park Use Update

Update as of December 6, 2023

Documents from July 19 Open House:

Sierra 2-Curtis Park Meeting & Survey Documents:

Public Meeting Questions and Answers FAQ Amendment (updated 3/3/23)
(Also find this FAQ Amendment, on this page, directly below the FAQ section)

The City of Sacramento is committed to providing access to the City's extensive parks and recreation system for all to enjoy. The Department of Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment maintains over 4,265 acres of regional, community-wide, and neighborhood facilities.

Sierra 2 Park is a neighborhood park that features a soccer field, playground and other amenities in Curtis Park. More than 20 years ago, the City agreed to allow a dog training group from the Sierra Curtis neighborhood to use the park for dog training activities during very specific and limited hours. Over the 20-year period, the very specific and limited hours were not adhered to, creating conflicts with other primary uses at the Sierra 2 Green. The park does not meet the requirements of a dog park for off-leash use and continued use presents health and safety issues that YPCE must address.

Over the years, the City has received multiple reports regarding off-leash dog use happening at all hours in the park, including reports of conflict with general park access, youth sports and safety of children at the tot lot.

In December 2022, the City installed a temporary popup dog park at Sierra 2 Park with equipment from a previous partnership with PetSmart to allow residents to continue using the space safely and evaluate the opportunity for a dog park at Sierra 2 Park. Residents were able to use this fenced area for all off-leash dog use, daily from dawn to dusk. The layout was reconfigured based on feedback from park users in April 2023.

During the trial period staff also hosted an Open House as outlined in the action plan. Eight concept plans assessing the potential of a dog park near the Sierra 2/Curtis Park neighborhood were presented at the Open House and online, and 520 community members provided feedback and input in-person and electronically.

Staff reviewed the feedback received at the Open House and during the trial period and recognize the need for additional dedicated dog park space in the city. Results from the Open House indicate that Sierra 2 Park, Land Park option #3, and Belle Cooledge received the most support for exploring a dog park location.

After evaluating the popup dog park at Sierra 2 over the 11-month trial period, staff determined that the available area is too small to meet City standards for a dog park and has become a significant maintenance burden during its implementation. Dog parks require approximately 1.5 acres and are typically located within community or regional parks. The current temporary popup dog park, having provided a trial period to evaluate the opportunity to have a dog park at the Sierra 2 Park will be discontinued and removed.

Additional feedback from the Open House also included the recommendation for shared use at Sierra 2 Park. However, historical shared use of Sierra 2 Park has presented safety and maintenance issues, and research of other cities has indicated the same; shared space for off-leash dog use and other recreational purposes like youth sports, community events and open play has been unsuccessful.

In consideration of several criteria including community input, evaluation of temporary popup park, industry design standards, availability of space and research of other dog park programs, staff will bring a recommendation to the Sacramento City Council on December 12, 2023, to request the establishment and funding for a new capital improvement project. This process supports continued community engagement, and will involve formal outreach and public meetings before the Parks and Community Enrichment Commission and City Council.

This project will allow for further community outreach to explore the option of a permanent dog park at William Land Park. Staff are also recommending a pilot dog park program, that includes an unfenced off-leash designated dog area in William Land Park in an area that is not currently programmed or heavily utilized, to be implemented during the outreach period, and evaluated at three and six months. The location for the pilot program is being identified and staff will implement in early 2024. Additional locations throughout the city south of the American River will also be evaluated for permanent off-leash dog parks including the expansion of Partner Dog Park at Belle Cooledge Park.

Dogs are allowed on leash at all City parks and off-leash dog use is also allowed at all 14 dog parks across the city. Dog parks—unlike neighborhood parks—are fenced with a double-gate system for safety. All dogs at City parks outside of designated areas must be on a leash per City Code 12.72.060(k).

FAQ Information

  1. Why is off-leash dog use not allowed at Sierra 2 Park?
    a. The Sierra 2 Park is a neighborhood park that features a soccer field, playground, and basketball courts. While the grass areas at Sierra 2 Park have been frequently used by dog owners as a limited dog training area, the park does not currently meet requirements to be used as a dog park for off-leash use. Sierra 2 Park is not designed to be an off-leash dog park which creates an unsafe environment for dogs and patrons using the park.

  2. What happened to the popup dog park at Sierra 2 Park?
    a. The temporary dog park at Sierra 2 Park was closed in November 2023 after staff evaluation during the trial period. The available area is too small to meet City standards for a dog park and became a significant maintenance burden during its implementation.

  3. What are the next steps?
    a. Staff will seek City Council approval to establish and fund a capital improvement project to explore a permanent dog park at William Land Park. The project will include community outreach and a pilot for the City’s first unfenced off-leash dog park at William Land Park during the outreach period.

  4. Where are the dog parks in the city? (see below)

City of Sacramento Dog Parks

Arden Arcade

  • University Dog Park – 1900 University Avenue

Central City

  • Sutter’s Landing Park – 20 28th Street
  • Truitt Bark Park – 1818 Q Street

East Sacramento

  • Glenbrook Park – 8500 La Riviera Drive
  • Granite Regional Park – 8200 Ramona Avenue

Land Park

  • Partner Park – 5699 South Land Park Drive


  • Lynn Robie Dog Park – 7895 Freeport Boulevard

North Natomas

  • Blackbird Park Dog Parks – 3765 Hovanian Drive
  • North Natomas Regional Park - 2501 New Market Drive
  • Regency Community Park – 5500 Honor Parkway
  • Tanzanite Community Park – 2220 Tanzanite Way
  • Valley Oak Dog Park – 2780 Mabry Drive

South Natomas

  • Barandas Dog Park - 2805 Grasslands Drive

South Area

  • Jacinto Creek Park – 8600 West Stockton Boulevard

Archived FAQ (PDF)

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