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Top 10 Portland Parks

Portland locals bring their dogs to Portland’s dog parks rain or shine. And with 50+ parks to choose from, we've narrowed it down to the top ten.
Written by Colleen Kaleda | Photo by J. Nichole Smith
10. Laurelhurst Park is Portland’s classic doggie hangout, tucked among huge old-growth firs and bordered by paved park trails on all sides. In SE Portland’s Laurelhurst neighborhood.

9. Just blocks from the tiny boutiques of NW Portland’s 23rd Street, Wallace Park is where the hip dogs go before joining their owners at the nearby dog-friendly Lucky Lab Brew Pub.

8. For dogs that have been stair-training at home, Mt. Tabor Park, a hilly wooded park on top of one of Portland’s ancient volcanic cinder cones, can’t be beat.

7. Summer Lake Park, in the southern suburb of Tigard, attracts dogs and owners with a covered picnic table area, water-on-demand and a half-sand, half-grass play area.

6. Dogs stay cool underneath the towering St. John’s Bridge (considered Portland’s most architecturally stunning) at North Portland’s Cathedral Park. The grassy park runs up to a small beach on the Willamette River for quick after-playtime dip.

5. Fernhill Park, in NE Portland, is a neighborhood favorite for its long, rolling hill perfect for quickly tiring out dogs. Lots of shade-giving trees and picnic tables await at the top.

4. Location, location, location. Sellwood Riverfront Park, just minutes from downtown Portland, has it with a) its riverfront location on the Willamette; b) its proximity to the Springwater Trail, a walk/bike path; and c) the dog-friendly SE Portland neighborhood of Sellwood nearby.

3. After a rain shower, the ponds at East Delta Park fill up to canine-knee height and make for pure splashing pleasure. Near North Portland’s Jantzen Beach area.

2. North Portland’s Chimney Park is one of the Portland area’s largest all-fenced parks and boasts giant oak trees for shade (and the added bonus of lots of squirrels for chasing).

1. Perhaps far and away the best dog park in the Portland area, the Sandy River Delta Park (also known as 1,000 Acres Park), just off Interstate 84 near Troutdale, offers miles of woodsy trails, huge open fields, and soft sandy beaches along the glacier-fed Sandy River, where dogs can cool off with a swim.

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