The Novato Police Department Lobby is open. All other City facilities are currently closed for walk-in service following the Shelter in Place Order for the County of Marin. Please call for details about the services you are interested in. 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources

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On March 22, due to ongoing congregation at Marin’s recreational areas, Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an immediate closure of all Marin parks and open space to stem the tide of visitors coming from outside their own neighborhoods during the COVID-19 emergency. This closure refers to motorized access to and from parks and open spaces. This action was taken in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and urges residents to not travel to parks or open space in areas outside of their own neighborhoods, as well as other areas of Marin County or even the state. Please avoid traveling by car, and instead walk, bike or use other non-motorized means to get to your local outdoor recreation area.

What Does This Mean for Novato Parks and Trails?

At this time, Novato’s parks and trails remain accessible to the community with the exception of the Novato Skate Park (1200 Hamilton Parkway) and Dogbone Meadow Dog Park (Novato Boulevard) which are now closed. All Novato park parking lots are closed, and residents are encouraged to walk, bike or use other non-motorized means to get to a park or trail within their own neighborhood only.

While our neighborhood parks and trails remain accessible, we strongly discourage the use of playground equipment as they include high-touch surfaces and because it is typically not possible for children to reliably maintain social distancing at playgrounds. Additionally, activities and facilities such as ball fields, courts, and park restrooms will be closed and all park rentals have been cancelled until further notice. It is of critical importance to continue to practice social distancing when outside your home, including at parks, walking around your neighborhood or out for essentials.

Why is Dogbone Meadow Dog Park Closed?

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our community, as well as due to complaints regarding people gathering and not complying with social distancing recommendations, the City has decided to close Dogbone Meadow Dog Park. Dogbone Meadow is considered a community park as it draws visitors from all over Novato and Marin. The City made the difficult decision to close the dog park to the public since closing just the parking lot could result in cars parking on Novato Boulevard or in adjacent neighborhoods which could lead to significant pedestrian safety issues. We understand how important this dog park is to our community, however, to protect the health of Novato residents the dog park is closed throughout the duration of the shelter at home order.


Dogbone Meadow is the City of Novato's only fenced-in off leash dog park. A .2 mile concrete walking path winds around a large area of sod turf (approximately 1 acre). Other features include agility equipment for dogs to enjoy.

Brian's Place Gentle Play Area is a separate area designated for timid dogs, senior dogs, recovering dogs and small dogs (less than 30 pounds). Friendly dogs of all sizes are welcome in the park.  Park rules.

Water bowls and poop scoopers are available. he Dogbone Meadow Dog Park Renovations project was completed November 3rd, 2018 and included site grading, removal and replacement of irrigation system and lawn, installation of a year-round accessible path around the lawn area, installation of multiple concrete/asphalt pads for new and existing amenities, partial resurfacing of the parking lot to accommodate new walkway and to relocate accessible parking stall, restriping of the parking lot, new fencing and gates, relocation of shade structure and signs, and installation of new site amenities such as drinking fountains and a dog rinse area (no soap permitted).

Friends of Dogbone Meadow: The Friends of Dogbone Meadow is an award-winning support group dedicated to helping defray the cost of maintenance and to improve Novato's largest fully-fenced dog park. The Friends of Dogbone Meadow can be reached at

What does Dogbone stand for? Dog Owners Group Bettering Our Novato Environment.

Helpful Phone Numbers: 
Unlicensed, injured, menacing or threatening dogs: Marin Humane Society 415-883-4621. 
Non medical emergencies: Novato Police 415-897-4361. 
Park Information: City of Novato 415-899-8200.
Facility Issues and Concerns:  City of Novato Maintenance 415-899-8280.


 Dogbone Meadow Sign   after cropped

Have fun, play responsibly, consider others and take care of our park!



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