Mar 30, 2015
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Richmond might soon get more four-legged tourists after USA Today named Point Isabel Regional Shoreline to its “10Best Amazing Dog Parks” list.

The national newspaper tapped a few pet travel experts to compile a list of 10 incredible places across the country to walk dogs.

Becca Barnett of says Point Isabel Regional Shoreline’s 23 acres of coastal space give “dogs ample space for roaming off-leash, while humans have the opportunity to fish, hike and bike with their canine companions.”

It is one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation with over 500,000 dog visits per year, according to the park website.

“The view is beautiful of the San Francisco Bay. There are hills and a lot of space,” Barnett told USA Today.

Also, visitors can stop by Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub, a dog washing and dog-specific retail shop, along with the Sit & Stay Cafe next door for coffees, pastries, sandwiches and other human treats.

The list of top dog parks spans the nation, but the article points out that the dog park concept was invented in the Bay Area. The world’s first dog park opened in 1979 in Berkeley, according to the article.

Below is a list of the other parks named to the list:

Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park
Lancaster, Pa.

Hugh Rogers Wag Dog Park
Whitefish, Mont.

Bear Creek Dog Park
Colorado Springs

Fort Woof Dog Park at Gateway Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Elm Creek Reserve Dog Park
Maple Grove, Minn.

Fort DeSoto Paw Playground and Beach
Tierra Verde, Fla.

Freedom Barks Dog Park
Medford, N.J.

Bentonville (Arkansas) Bark Park

Magnuson Dog Park


  1. Actually Point Isabel Dog Park is probably one of the best dog parks in the world. The park was created and maintained by volunteers working in collaboration with East Bay Regional Parks. Talk about lucky dogs.

    Charles Smith | Mar 30th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.