Summer Guide: Best parks to take your dog to in the Portland area


Humans aren't the only ones looking for some summer fun. Our furry friends need some playtime in the sunshine, too!

Fortunately, in dog-friendly Portland there's no shortage of off-the-leash parks to let your pups run wild and free.

Here are some of our favorite fenced and unfenced dog parks in Portland:

Laurelhurst Park (unfenced): In addition to its lush, green 31-acres of beautiful open grass spaces and trails, Laurelhurst park is home to an off-leash dog area, picnic area, play area, basketball court, historical site, horseshoe pit, soccer field, tennis court and volleyball court.

Fields Park + Dog Park (fenced): Fields park is the perfect place to lay out and get some color on a sunny day, with little shade and a stunning view of the Fremont Bridge. Bring your pup and let them run around and play with the other dogs in one of the park's two fenced areas. The park also includes a picninc area, play area, and even a basic earthquake emergency communication node.

Mt. Tabor Park (unfenced): This 190-acre forest-like park on Mount Tabor offers some beautiful views of the city, and is even reservable as a wedding site! Take your furry friend to the off-leash dog area, or visit the picnic area, playground, basketball court, horseshoe pit, tennis court, or volleyball court.

Sellwood Riverfront Park (unfenced): Does your dog like splashing around in the water? If so, Sellwood Riverfront Park is the perfect place for them! The park also features a boat dock, canoe launch, paths, picnic tables, and beautiful riverfront views.

Cathedral Park (unfenced): The site we now know as Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge is believed to be one of the 14 Lewis and Clark landing sites in the Vancouver-Portland area. The gorgeous park features a boat dock, boat ramp, canoe launch, dog off-leash area, paths, riverfront views, and an outdoor stage.

Overlook park (unfenced): Overlook park is highly recommended for a sunset stroll. Over looking the Northwest Industrial area, the park features a picnic area, baseball field, basketball court, paths, playground, soccer field, softball field, track, volleyball court, and of course - an off-leash dog area!

Council Crest park (unfenced): This beautiful, 43-acre park in Southwest Portland is perfect for letting your dogs explore, having a picnic, and gazing at beautiful views from its vista point. It's also reservable as a wedding site!

Delta park (fenced): Detla Park includes a fenced off-leash dog area, football field, paths, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, and volleyball court.

Wallace Park (fenced): Located in the quaint Nob Hill area of Northwest Portland, shady Wallace Park features a picnic area, play area, basketball court, fenced dog area, paths, playground, soccer field, softball field, and tennis court.

Click HERE for a full list of off-the-leash dog parks in Portland.

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