||The City of Berkeley established the Experimental Dog Park in Ohlone Park at Hearst/Grant Streets in 1979. Now named the Martha Scott Benedict Memorial Park, this unique municipal facility provides a place where dogs can exercise off-leash safely, right in the heart of the city. Because the area is a real park and not simply a dog run, there is plenty of room for owners to relax and socialize along with their pets.
The Ohlone Dog Park Association (ODPA) was founded as a club in 1984, and
became incorporated in 1986 as a California non-profit 501 (C) (3)
educational corporation. ODPA has a mailing list of approximately 300 people
interested in making the Dog Park a continuing success, in promoting the
establishment of additional dog parks, and in improving conditions generally
for dogs and dog owners in the Berkeley/East Bay area. Membership meetings are
often held in conjunction with potluck dinners in pleasant surroundings,
allowing our people to socialize away from the park, too.