Orcas Island’s off-leash area is located adjacent to the Port of Orcas Day Park at the corner of Mt. Baker and North Beach Roads just north of Eastsound. Formally called the Eastsound Off Leash Dog Area, it’s about an acre in size, with grassy and wood-chipped areas, dog water, Mutt Mitts, a dog “toy box” and picnic tables.
The off-leash area moved to its new location in August 2008 and has become a hub of activity, with island residents and visitors bringing their dogs to play, exercise and socialize (the people socialize, too!)
The creation and maintenance of the park is really a grassroots effort. The park is supported by donations of funds and services from many islanders and visitors including the The Port of Orcas, which generously donated the use of the land until it is needed for airport purposes and the Orcas Community Foundation, which provided a small grant with the help of one of their partners. A successful community campaign followed, providing the rest of the funds needed for relocating the park and making improvements including a small shelter planned for construction this spring.
Since then, there have been donations of gravel for the parking area, wood chips to help make the area more useable for the wet season. There has also been an effort by many users to keep the water containers full and the area clean – and help out to spread out wood chips to help make the park more usable during the wet winter weather.
This website is a work in progress and will include:
- Practical information about the park
- Upcoming events at and about the park
- Dog park rules and tips on enjoying the park safely