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.