Martinez City Council passed Resolution No. 039-17 in 2017, designating the John Muir Amphitheater as a Temporary Dog Park Site for up to three years from the first date of public use and allocating $50,000 to further finance renovations.

City staff converted parts of the Amphitheater into a temporary dog park, which opened to the public on July 14, 2017, after obtaining City Council permission to proceed. This exciting place by the marina has become a gathering place for local dog owners and is loved by many dog lovers.

The park is opposite the Yacht Club and is housed in the Martinez marina at the north end of the amphitheater. You get to have a good view of the bridge and waterways. It has lots of trees too so you can get plenty of shade from the bright sun. The breeze coming in from the Marina is also refreshing on a hot day.

Small dogs weighing 30 pounds or less have their own field. This place seems to be busier. The large dog area is large and open, with picnic tables for both people and pets. There’s plenty of room to run around and throw balls at all of your mates. It’s ideal for fetching and catching.

The park is pet friendly. The Martinez Dog Park Group has posted etiquette and safety tips for you and your dog, while the City has established Dog Park Rules and Regulations for use of the Temporary Dog Park.

Some of the park rules are: 

  • Owners and handlers of dogs must be at least 16 years old.
  • Each owner or handler is only allowed to have three dogs.
  • Dogs must be at least six months old, have all of their vaccines up to date, be free of infectious diseases, and have valid licensing and/or registry tags on their collars. Dogs that are in heat are not permitted.
  • Owners and trainers must remain inside the dog park while supervising their pets on a leash. When entering and leaving the park, dogs must be on a leash.
  • Dog owners and handlers must clean up after their dogs promptly and dispose of waste in the garbage cans issued.

Concord, California is blessed to have many amazing dog parks for your fur baby.  Here’s a list of our favorites:

  • Heather Farm Dog Farm
  • Highlands Ranch Dog Park
  • Pinole Dog Park
  • Alameda Dog Park
  • Linda Ave Dog Park
  • Ohlone Dog Park
  • Paso Nogal Park
  • Rincon Hill Dog Park

All of these dog parks are located just a short distance from our location in downtown Walnut Creek, Spaulding Concrete on Locust Street!