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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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