Dog Off-leash Areas
Bend now has seven dog off -leash areas within local parks. Click on the links below for maps. Dogs are required by city ordinance to be on leash in any public area in the city of Bend except in designated off-leash areas.
- Big Sky (21690 Neff Road)
- Riverbend Beach (799 SW Columbia St.)
- Ponderosa Community Park (225 SE 15th St)
- Pine Nursery Community Park (NE Purcell Rd)
- Hollinshead Community Park (1235 NE Jones Rd)
- Overturf Butte Reservoir (Skyliner Summit Loop)
- Awbrey Resevoir (NW 10th and Trenton)
- There is a fenced small dog area at the Riverbend Off-Leash area. The criteria for small dogs is less than 15 inches at the shoulder and under 25 pounds.
- For a full listing of off-leash areas in the region, go to www.dogpac.org
Help Care for the Off Leash Areas
Dog Park Clean-up Days
Get the scoop! For several days in May and June, community dog park users are invited to volunteer at clean-up events in Bend’s off leash areas.
Hosted by local off-leash enthusiast group, DogPAC, in conjunction with Bend Park & Recreation District and various groups that have adopted the off leash areas, “Dog Park Clean-up Days” offer dog park users an opportunity to help care for the spaces they enjoy.
The seasonal clean-up effort will be held six area dog parks. Participants will pick up dog poop, pull weeds and assist with spreading wood chips to help keep the dog parks enjoyable and safe for all users. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and water. Bags, tools and supplies will be provided.
Dog Park Clean-up Days Schedule: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at each location
- Sunday, May 5th at Riverbend: 799 SW Columbia St.
- Saturday, May 11th at Pine Nursery: 3750 NE Purcell Blvd.
- Sunday, May 19th at Big Sky: 21690 NE Neff Rd.
- Saturday, May 25th at Ponderosa: 225 SE 15th St.
- Saturday, June 1st at Overturf Reservoir: NW Skyliner Summit Loop
- Saturday, June 22nd at Awbrey Reservoir: NW 10th and Trenton
DogPAC and Bend Park & Recreation District remind all dog owners to be responsible for their pet and to “scoop the poop” whenever they are in a public space.
For more informationon volunteering, contact BPRD Volunteer Coordinator, Kim@bendparksandrec.org or 541-706-6127.
Individuals, groups, businesses or families can adopt an off leash area and help with keeping it safe and enjoyable for people and their pets. Adopt-a-Park volunteers agree to visit the adopted OLA regularly; help with litter and pet waste cleanup, pull noxious weeds, and communicate with the park district about any hazards or concerns. For more information contact BPRD Volunteer Coordinator, Kim@bendparksandrec.org or 541-706-6127.
Individuals can also help by being responsible users of the park, encouraging others to do the same, and getting involved with seasonal projects in the OLA such as pulling cheat grass and noxious weeds, and joining groups for cleanup activities.
Off-leash Area Rules:
The intent of these rules is to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all park users.
• Immediately remove your dog from the park if it is misbehaving or acting in an aggressive manner.
• Keep dogs on leash outside designated off-leash areas.
• Pick up and dispose of your dog's waste.
• Remain in visual site and voice control of your dog at all times.
• Carry a leash for each dog in your care.
• Closely supervise young children. Children under the age of 12 may not be in the off-leash area unsupervised.
• Accept responsibility for any damage or injury caused by your dog.
• Bring no more than three dogs to the off-leash area at any time.
• Do not bring a dog in heat to a Bend park.
• Do not bring a puppy without a complete cycle of vaccinations to a Bend park.
• Display tags showing proof of current license and rabies vaccinations on all dogs.
• Comply with all other park rules.
• Please be courteous to neighbors and control excessive barking
Download a Visitor's Guide to Dog Parks with tips for having a positive experience at a dog off-leash area.
Kids in an off-leash park area
Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in Bend off-leash areas unsupervised. Here is some advice for those with children in an off-leash area:
• Not all dogs are child-friendly. Do not allow your child to approach or pet a strange dog without the owner's presence and approval.
• A running, squealing or screaming child may become a target for many dogs, because the child resembles an injured animal or prey.
• Do not let your child have toys or food in an off-leash area.
• Children are more susceptible to contracting intestinal worms and other infections from touching grass where feces or urine are present. Be sure your children (and you) always wear shoes in an off-leash park area and wash hands after touching dog play toys.