PP&R is not able to consider changes to or adding new off-leash areas at this time. The staff time, resources from various work groups to plan, design, build and maintain new sites and changes are beyond our current capacity. When new parks are designed, we do consider whether an off-leash area would be appropriate at that time. Creation of a new off-leash area in that context would be funded as part of the new park’s development process.
Off-leash area siting criteria were developed by Portland Parks & Recreation and a Citizen Task Force, as well as staff's key operational considerations. These criteria and considerations that we use to help determine whether off-leash use is a good fit for a park, and to gauge the proposed area’s potential to be a healthy, safe site for dogs to play.