Portland law requires dogs to be on a leash at all times while in the park, unless in a designated off-leash area during designated off-leash hours. Dogs must be leashed prior to entering, and upon leaving, the off-leash area, and must stay within the boundaries. Owners must carry a leash and always be in control of their dogs, on-leash or off-leash. Owners must control their dog's aggressive behavior or excessive barking; owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dog.
Dog waste must be collected and disposed of every time. Dog waste left in the park is a leading complaint about dogs in Portland parks. Dog waste is not only extremely unpleasant and unwelcome, it is also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria (Campylobackter and Salmonella) and other forms of infection. The most damaging of these is caused by the roundworm Toxocara canis. The eggs of this parasite are present in much dog waste; although initially not infectious, once the eggs hatch they pose serious health risks to human beings, particularly children.
Unleashed dogs are never allowed in playgrounds, natural areas, and gardens or on trails and pathways.
No dogs, leashed or unleashed, are allowed in:
- Sports courts, running tracks or sports fields (artificial and manicured turf)
- Fountains, lakes, ponds or streams
- Fenced sports facilities, including the Williams V. Owens complex at Delta Park
Dogs must never be allowed to chase or harm wildlife. This includes squirrels, ducks, rabbits, birds, and other animals.
No digging is allowed. Holes create dangerous trip hazards.
Make sure your dog is well behaved. Train your dog not to jump on people, even if he's just being friendly.