Dogs in City Parks

Dogs must be kept on a leash in public areas in the City of Mountain View (see Sec. 5.18 of the City Code for more information). Pet owners are required to control and clean up after their animals while visiting public facilities. 


The City allows dogs to be off-leash in designated areas of selected local parks and hours. The City of Mountain View asks that you be respectful of other park users and that you comply with all rules and ordinances (SEC. 5.61. Dogs in posted off-leash areas).

• Keep your dog on leash unless in the designated off-leash area.
• Respect other park users. Stop bothersome behavior immediately.
• Keep your dog under voice control.
• Use the plastic bags to clean up after your dog.
• Report dog bites/incidents immediately to the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority 
(408) 764-0344 

Parks Division (650) 903-6326 or


BUBB PARK, 680 Barbara Ave.

COOPER PARK, 500 Chesley Ave. 

EAGLE PARK,  650 Franklin Ave. 

MCKELVEY PARK, 930 Miramonte Ave.


WHISMAN PARK, 310 Easy St. 
(6 AM – 10 AM)
(5 PM – sunset) 

CUESTA PARK, 685 Cuesta Dr.
(6 AM – sunset) 

CUESTA ANNEX, Grant Rd/Miramonte
(6 AM – 10 AM) 

RENGSTORFF PARK, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave. 
(6 AM – sunset)
201 S. Rengstorff Ave.

Dog Training

Dog owners may train a dog without a leash in designated areas of specific city parks, if they have obtained a permit. The permit is valid only for dog training and does not apply to dog exercising or off-leash play, and may only be used in certain areas of Cuesta, Rengstorff and Whisman Park. It is not valid in any other City park or Shoreline at Mountain View.

How to Obtain a Permit

Complete the Off-Leash Dog Training Application* (PDF—5K) and submit it, along with the most current copies of the following (a .25 cent fee will be charged for each copy made by Community Services staff): 

  • Dog License*
  • Proof of vaccinations - hepatitis, distemper, parvo, para influenza, and rabies.
  • Permit Fee Payment: Mountain View Residents - $10 per permit; Non-Residents - $13 per permit

Submit Application and Payment to:
City of Mountain View
Community Services Department—Recreation Division
201 S. Rengstorff Avenue
P.O. Box 7540
Mountain View, CA 94039 

The copies of the license and vaccinations will remain on file and will not be returned to you. Once you have received your permit, please be sure to carry it with you whenever you are using Cuesta, Rengstorff or Whisman Parks to train your dog. If the permit is in the car or anywhere other than on your person, you may be cited.

*Mountain View, Campbell, and Santa Clara Residents: Dog lincenses may be obtained from the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority which is located at 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara, (408) 764-0344. Additional information and application can also be found on their website.

*Los Altos and Palo Alto Residents only: Dog licenses are obtained from the Palo Alto Animal Services office which is located at 3281 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto,
(650) 496-5971.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the City of Mountain View Community Services Department, Recreation Division at (650) 903-6331.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed in Shoreline Park?
Dogs (excluding canine assist dogs) are not allowed in Shoreline Park and may not pass beyond the main entry gate, driveways or pathways leading into the park.
Does my dog need to be on leash from the parking lot to the Dog Park?
Yes, dogs must be on leash until they are inside the gated section of the Dog Park. Dogs are not allowed off leash anywhere in the area except inside the Dog Park.
How can I get to the Dog Park when there is a concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre?
The concert schedule for Shoreline Amphitheater is available at To access the Dog Park during a concert, use the inside northbound lane on Shoreline Boulevard. Inform the parking attendant that you are not a concertgoer but wish to use the Dog Park. It is probably best to avoid peak concert times as lengthy traffic delays are common.
May I leave extra dog toys and balls in the park for others to use?
Please take your dog toys and balls with you when you leave the Dog Park. Any toys or balls that remain behind are disposed of by city staff for health/safety reasons.
May large dogs use the small dog area?
No. The small dog area was designed for use by small dogs. Large dogs should use the designated large dog area only.
What is the purpose of the picnic tables in the Dog Park?
Picnic tables were included in the park under the shade shelters so that individuals would have a place out of the direct sunlight to sit and relax, perhaps read the newspaper or a magazine, have cup of coffee or a light snack, etc. They are not intended to be used for picnics or meals. The picnic tables cannot be reserved.
Where are the City's Dog Run's?
There are no dog runs in Mountain View’s City parks.  Dog owners may train a dog without a leash in designated areas of Cuesta, Rengstorff and Whisman Parks if they have obtained a permit. The permit is valid only for dog training and does not apply to dog exercising or off-leash play.  The dog training areas at Cuesta, Rengstorff and Whisman Parks should not be confused with dog runs or dog parks where dogs may run and play off leash.  There is a Dog Park specifically designed for dogs where they may run free and play in a controlled area and socialize with other dogs and their owners.  It is located at the corner of Shoreline Boulevard and North Road. 

Where is the Dog Park located?
The Dog Park is located on the corner of Shoreline Boulevard and North Road, just before the entrance to Shoreline Park. Watch for signs that will direct you to the Dog Park entrance and parking area.
Phone: (650) 903-6326
Fax: (650) 903-6392
Where should I park when I come to the Dog Park?
There is a parking lot adjacent to the Dog Park. If that lot is full, there is additional parking in the Crittenden Lot located directly across the street from the Dog Park on North Road. All parking is free. (Note: The Crittenden lot is not available during Shoreline Amphitheater concerts.)
Who may use the Dog Park?
The Dog Park was designed for use by dog owners/caretakers and their dogs. The Dog Park provides dogs an opportunity to run and play off leash and to socialize with other dogs and dog owners/caretakers. The Dog Park was not envisioned as a place for individuals who are not accompanied by dogs, especially for children who are not with dogs.