The Ocean Beach Parks and Recreation Department does an excellent job of providing plenty of well kept, open spaces around town for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Located next to the Ocean Beach Recreation Center is the small Ocean Beach Park which has a popular children's playground with a swing set for toddlers. A small, tree-shaded grassy area next to the playground can be used for picnics or playing catch.
The expansive Robb Field is one of San Diego's biggest larger parks designed primarily for recreation. The park contains several baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts. Plus, Robb Field is home to San Diego's first skate park in which skateboarders can congregate to improve their skills in large concrete bowls. In addition, the Robb Athletic Field also has a workout gym called the Robb Fitness Club, where a membership can get you access to plenty of free weights, universal equipment, treadmills, elliptical and rowing machines.
Located along the beach at the end of Saratoga Avenue off of Abbott Street are a couple of grassy areas that can be used for a variety of things. Lots of people relax on the grass here to avoid getting sandy. There are picnic tables, barbecue grills, benches and the lifeguard station and parking lot are located between the two grassy areas.
Dog beach was the first leash-free beach in the United States. Located at the northern most part of Ocean Beach, tens of thousands of dogs visit each year to play with each other, to swim in the ocean, to dig in the sand and to catch frisbees and tennis balls. Dog beach is truly a place where dogs can have an opportunity to run free while owners have an opportunity to relax on the picturesque sandy beach.
The Dusty Rhodes Dog Park is a large fenced in area set-up primarily for canines to run around leash free. With plenty of shade from trees inside the fenced in area and chairs, owners can have the option to relax while their pooch runs and plays with other pooches. This park attracts a lot of regulars who routinely bring their dogs here and you will find plenty of different dogs enjoying the chance to run around. Rarely will you find aggressive dogs in this park as generally all the dogs here usually play nice with each other. A water fountain for dogs, pick-up poop bags and plenty of parking make this one of the best dog parks in San Diego.
The Dusty Rhodes Park which contains the fenced in Dog Park is really just a large field between Nimitz Boulevard, Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and West Point Loma Boulevard. The field has a playground area for kids, a shaded pavilion with tables and bathrooms. Parts of the grassy field is often used by friends and families to practice and play sports like football, rugby, soccer and catch.