Relay For Life of San Rafael has partnered with Field of Dogs to present the inaugural San Rafael Bark For Life. Check out our news page for more information.
Mario DiPalma formed a dog park committee in the fall of 1992 following a presentation to the San Rafael City Council in which he requested that a dog park be built in the city. The council was supportive but unable to provide assistance at the time, so Mario decided to organize a group of dog lovers to bring a park to fruition. Many volunteers answered the call for help, advice and guidance. The committee began raising funds through dinners, t-shirt sales and special mailings. After several years of writing to and meeting with San Rafael and Marin County officials and visiting every park and open space within San Rafael city limits, Mario's persistence paid off. In April 1998 the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a lease of the current "Field of Dogs" site for a dog park. On July 11, 1998, "Field of Dogs" celebrated its grand Opening.
Funding the Park
Field of Dogs is a 501© (3) corporation receiving ALL of its funding from Volunteer donations. Volunteers also perform most of the maintenance of the park. With continued financial assistance from volunteers, "Field of Dogs" will have a long future as well as a long history.
About the Park
Field of Dogs is located in San Rafael, just across the street from the Civic Center. The park consists of a large fenced in area with a smaller enclosure inside the main park for smaller dogs to play in if they are not comfortable with larger dogs. Water bowls are provided for the dogs as well as hoses to fill the bowls and to clean your dog off on those dirt filled days. Picnic tables and benches are also available for relaxing while your dog is running around. We hope that you, and especially your dog, enjoy this wonderful park.
How to Get Here
From Highway 101 Southbound :
Exit at N. San Pedro Road. Turn Left onto Merrydale Road. Take a left at N. San Pedro Road, and then another left at Civic Center Drive. Field of Dogs will be on your right, with parking either on Civic Center Drive or in the parking lot just past the park.
From Highway 101 Northbound :
Exit at N. San Pedro Road, staying to the right. Once on N. San Pedro Road, turn left onto Civic Center Drive. Field of Dogs will be on your right, with parking either on Civic Center Drive or in the parking lot just past the park.