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Portland Area Dog Parks

The Portland area is home to many wonderful off-leash areas for you and your dog to enjoy. We are privileged to have so many great dog parks. Many of these parks are full-time, year-round off-leash areas, while others are part of traditional city parks, with a designated area for off-leash activity. For this reason, we classify dog parks into two groups -- dedicated parks and shared parks. The full list of dog parks can be found in the dog park navigation box to the right.

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Dedicated Dog Parks

Dedicated parks are year-round off-leash areas with unrestricted hours. Many cities in the Portland area have dedicated dog parks, including Portland, Tigard, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Milwaukie, and Wilsonville. Hopefully, in the future we'll see a lot more dedicated parks than those listed here! If you are aware of any dog parks not listed here, please let us know.

Shared Dog Parks

Shared parks are designated areas of larger community parks which have specified times for off-leash activity. Most of these shared areas are unfenced, so keep this in mind if your dog has a tendency to run away. Shared parks exist mainly in the City of Portland as part of their SHARED (Seasonal Hours at Reserved Sites) park program. Because these areas may be unfenced and in close proximity to other park visitors, it's more important than ever to practice good dog etiquette.

The hours and locations of these shared parks frequently change, so check out the Portland Parks and Recreation website for the official shared park hours and sites.


These parks come about thanks to the hard work and dedication of local individuals and organizations, such as the Tigard Dog Park Committee, Portland Parks and Recreation, Washington County Dog Parks, and C-SPOT, to name just a few. If you would like to get more involved in promoting local dog parks, check out our section on Dog Park Organizations.

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