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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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There's no one else in the park - why does it matter if my dog is off-leash?

  • The impacts dogs have on park land and the environment occur even when no one else is present in the park
  • Dog use has a cumulative effect – impacts occur from your dog, plus all other off-leash dogs
  • PP&R hears frequently from other park users who don’t use parks because dogs are off-leash – everyone from parents to cyclists to sports groups to older people
  • When dogs are off-leash, even if no one says anything, people do see it and it does keep other people from using the park
  • Allowing your dog off-leash also creates the impression for other dog owners that off-leash use is okay, even when it’s not
  • On natural area trails and paths, it’s especially important for dogs to be on leash because activity is confined to a narrow trail