National Dog Day on August 26 is a great excuse to spoil your furry best friend all day long. There’s an endless number of ways to celebrate the day including a long walk, a hike, their favorite treats, or a playdate at the park. In case you missed it, San Francisco has opened a brand-new dog run in Civic Center! The newly opened UN Plaza Dog Run has generated tremendous community enthusiasm, offering much needed space for dogs to stretch their legs and enjoy some time off-leash. A popular community gathering place, it is well used all day, every day by local residents, students and employees. The new UN Plaza Dog Run has even been included in San Francisco Standard list of best dog parks in the City.

“Great to have a dog park in this location!” - Eduardo Zizumbo Colunga, Google

The new UN Plaza Dog Run is perfect for zooming back and forth in the Civic Center. Opened in April, the fully-fenced play area is nicely shaded and offers easy access to croissants from the downtown branch of the legendary Arsicault Bakery nearby. Operated and maintained by Civic Center Community Benefit District, the UN Plaza Dog Run, open 7 days a week, 7am to 7pm, is the perfect spot for four-legged residents at NEMA San Francisco to have some fun.

San Francisco's United Nations Plaza, located adjacent to Market Street, is the gateway to City Hall, and at night offers one of the best views of the Civic Center Plaza. Named after the United Nations (UN), whose charter was created in San Francisco, UN Plaza is another city park which displays San Francisco history and culture.

The plaza is surrounded by both the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library, and contains several historic statues and a fountain. A weekly farmers market, called the "Heart of the City Farmers Market", is a diverse and popular attraction for locals. Both BART and MUNI underground have a station located within the plaza, allowing easy transportation to the site.

Keep an eye on their Instagram account for future events and contests at the dog run. In the meantime, bring your NEMA pups over to Civic Center to meet up with some doggy friends for some playtime.

Photo by Helena Lopes.

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