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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Frequently Asked Questions

What is being done to encourage compliance with leash/scoop laws?

Though many dog owners are respectful park visitors, disregard for leash/scoop laws is an ongoing concern in many parks and natural areas. To increase compliance with leash and scoop laws, Portland Parks & Recreation uses a variety of education and enforcement strategies, as well as providing off-leash areas for dog-owner recreation.

Efforts include:

    • Permanent signs posted at entry points in parks and natural areas
    • Rules of use posted at each off-leash area 
    • Use of temporary signs, including stake signs placed directly in areas with high illegal use (such as sports fields)
    • Outreach by PP&R staff and Rangers including methods such as in-park presence, attendance at community meetings, partnerships with animal organizations, media releases, social media, and events
    • Ranger patrols, particularly in parks with low compliance 
    • Citations of up to $150 for leash/scoop violations