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Salem parks have something for everyone … for both two-legged and four-legged friends!

Listed below is more information on pooches in parks. Remember, visitors and their dogs enter off-leash areas at their own risk.

Dogs on leashes are welcome in all City parks. Most parks have Mutt Mitt dispensers so owners can pick up after a pet, which helps keep parks cleaner and safer for visitors. 800 Mutt Mitt refills can be purchased for $65. People interested in donating should contact SalemParks@cityofsalem.net.

There have been some community discussions about a fenced dog area at Cascades Gateway Park. Currently there are no funds available to develop the area.

  • Minto-Brown Island Park has an unfenced area designated for dogs off leashes.
  • Orchard Heights Park has a small area designated for dogs to run off leashes. 

Please respect the rules in off-leash areas. All dogs must:

  • Be properly licensed and vaccinated
  • Be leashed prior to entering, and upon leaving, the off-leash area
  • Stay within the off leash boundaries
  • Stay away from wildlife, natural areas, pathways, and playgrounds
  • Not display aggressive or threatening behavior to other park visitors or their dogs
  • Not bark excessively

In off-leash areas, owners must:

  • Possess the means for clean-up and disposal of dog waste
  • Be with their pets, and in verbal control of their dogs, at all times
  • Be liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dogs
  • Comply with all other park rules and regulations

Note: Aggressive dogs are prohibited from the parks.

Turning dogs loose can be costly:

  • It is against the law (the fine is $87).
  • It makes one legally liable for injuries to others.
  • It endangers your dog.

Loose dogs on paths and roadways:

  • Endanger bicyclists, skaters, and children
  • Invite confrontations with other dogs
  • Frighten or chase wildlife

Responsible dog owners:

  • Leash their dogs (six-foot leash)
  • Scoop the poop (Mutt Mitts are free from dispensers)
  • Use the exercise area at Orchard Heights or Minto-Brown Island Parks when dogs are off leashes

Irresponsible dog owners:

  • Turn dogs loose on paths and roadways
  • Look the other way when their dog defecates
  • Resent having to obey the law

Note: Aggressive dogs are prohibited from the parks.

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