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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204


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

503-823-DOGS (3647)

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Leash & Scoop Law Compliance

  • Leashed pets are welcome in almost all Portland parks, trails and natural areas

  • Leashing pets keeps your pet, other pets, and people safe

Leash Pets and Scoop Poop to Keep Parks Healthy! 
Portland’s parks, natural areas and trails are extensively used for all types of recreation, and dog owners help keep parks safe and healthy for all visitors by obeying leash and scoop laws and rules.

Leash laws ensure dogs are controlled by their owners at all times, which keeps people and other dogs safe, and protects park land and wildlife. Removal of dog waste prevents spread of disease that waste can carry, and avoids impacts to recreational use, water quality, wildlife, and vegetation.

Leash/Scoop Compliance Program 
Portland Parks & Recreation encourages compliance with leash and scoop laws through education, enforcement, and by providing off-leash areas (OLAs) for legal dog-owner recreation. Our efforts include: 

  • Education campaigns, such as Pet Health for Parks, Dogs for the Environment, and Pettiquette for Parks

  • In-park outreach visits

  • Developing park signs, presentations, and flyers to increase awareness and understanding of leash/scoop laws 

  • Park Ranger patrols, which use park warnings and citations to increase leash/scoop law compliance

  • Intensive outreach and enforcement efforts at parks where low compliance impacts park health, safety, or enjoyability

  • Special events like Flicks with Fido, and participating community and partner events like Doggie Dash and Aarf in the Park