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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Community development -- Oregon -- Portland, Animals -- Law and legislation, Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland


The City of Portland currently faces a difficult challenge. As the population continues to grow, greater pressure is placed upon the limited amount of public open space available for recreation. As stated in the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) 2020 Vision Plan, "Demographic, recreational, and funding trends suggest that both current shortages and future needs will intensify and produce inequities in our cherished park system" (PP&R, 2001).

Today, Portland's already strained park system struggles to accommodate demands for the myriad of recreational activities. Competition among park users - joggers, tennis players, picnickers, dog owners, bicyclists, and others - for limited resources will only intensify leading to a greater number conflicts in Portland parks.

The case studies conducted for the project yielded valuable information about what other cities have done to implement successful off-leash programs. The fieldwork also produced many interesting findings regarding the needs and opinions of park users. Based upon this work, a set of final recommendations has been formulated that we hope will be given serious consideration by all of the stakeholders.

This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler and Jennifer Dill.


Client: Citizens for Safe Parks with Off-leash Territory (C-SPOT)


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