SYSA Asks You to Please Keep Your Dog Off Seattle and Shoreline Playfields

Seattle Municipal Code prohibits dogs on Seattle Parks playfields. SYSA is attempting to do all it can to have its members abide by the laws while using the fields we rent from Seattle Parks. Misuse of the fields could result in fines or a loss of SYSA's ability to reserve fields. The relevant portion of the Seattle Municipal Code is copied below. To access the code online, click here. Most Seattle Parks athletic fields have signs at entrances telling dog owners about this law. This includes not only the field proper, but any of the area around the field as well.

If you disagree with the law, please contact Seattle Parks at (206)684-4075. Please do not complain to SYSA about this law.

Seattle Municipal Code

Title 18 - PARKS AND RECREATION1
Chapter 18.12 - Parks Code
Subchapter  III Animals

SMC 18.12.080  Animals running at large
prohibited.1

A. Except as expressly allowed in subsection B hereof, it is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any dog or other pet to run at large in any park, or to permit any dog or other pet with or without a leash, except Seeing Eye or Hearing Ear dogs or dogs used by public law enforcement agencies and under control of a law enforcement officer, to enter any public beach, swimming or wading area, pond, fountain, stream, organized athletics area or designated children's play area. The Superintendent may ban dogs and other pets, or a specific dog or other pet, from areas of any park where he or she determines the same may be a nuisance.


Shoreline Municipal Code prohibits dogs on Shoreline Parks playfields. SYSA is attempting to do all it can to have its members abide by the laws while using the fields we rent from Shoreline Parks. Misuse of the fields could result in fines or a loss of SYSA's ability to reserve fields.  The relevant portion of the Shoreline Municipal Code is copied below. To access the code online, click here. Most Shoreline Parks athletic fields have signs warning dog owners about this law. This includes not only the field proper, but any of the area around the field as well.

If you disagree with the law, please contact Shoreline Parks at (206) 801-2610. Please do not complain to SYSA about this law.

Shoreline Municipal Code

8.12.280 Pets in city park facilities.

A. Dogs, pets, or domestic animals are not permitted on any designated beach, picnic area, tennis courts or play area in any park or in any building unless specifically permitted by posting. This section shall not apply to animal guides.