The city of Gresham, Oregon, is located in the Multnomah County and is one of the suburbs of Portland. Gresham has, however, grown to a respectable size and has, according to the latest census, a population of 105,594. The sprawling city is also filled with pets. Oregon is one of the most pet-friendly states in the country, and many Gresham families own a cat, a dog or both.
The voice of the Gresham community of dog lovers is vocal and after a long wait Gresham finally has its first off-leash dog park. The city council has built a small dog run in the Main Street Park. While the dog park is not much more than a strip of grass surrounded by a fence, it is the first victory in the war for more dog-friendly amenities in Gresham.
If the Main Street Park project yields positive effects, the council is willing to update the park or expand with a second off-leash dog park. Enterprising members of the community have already started to raise funds for Paw Walk, an off-leash dog park with sections for different sizes of dogs combined with a public dog training course.
To enjoy a more rustic scenery, dogs, and their owners can follow the Springwater Corridor trail where countless natural and cultural treasures await. Pet owners that are on a trip can stay in one of the bountiful pet-friendly hotels such as the Pony Soldier Inn, Rodeway Inn & Suites Gresham, Super 8 Gresham and Holiday Inn Portland-Gresham.
Situated in the in the City Central Neighborhood is Gresham Main City Dog Park. This park offers a beautiful area to walk your pup in the heart of the city. The covered picnic area is a great place to enjoy a snack, and the off-leash dog area is perfect for a game of frisbee, or social hour with other local pups. When you and your pooch need some culture, travel over to the Tsuru Island Park featuring amazing Japanese gardens. Sit and rest on a bench and take in the beauty of nature. When you get hungry, head over to Café Delirium which offers free Wi-Fi while you sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy a cool drink with your pooch.
Thom Park in the pet-friendly Asert neighborhood features many walking trails through lush trees and natural areas. The off-leash area is great for running off excess energy, and both you and your pup will enjoy a walk along the trails where you can breathe in the fresh air and drink in the sunshine. Thom Park is dog friendly, and offers five and a half acres of open lawn. You can bring the whole family to play at the playground and enjoy a picnic with your pup. Nearby is BowWow Happy, a full-service Japanese style dog grooming salon that offers stress free services to your pampered pooch. The staff love to make your pup feel special and relaxed.
The beautiful and dog friendly Vance Park in the Centennial neighborhood is a beautiful area to spend an afternoon or weekend. The park has made many improvements over the years, and creates a perfect atmosphere for a game of frisbee with Fido, and a place to relax on a warm sunny day. Both you and your pooch will enjoy the large trees and the water fountain to get a cool drink of water. Park Place Café is just a few steps away, so take your pup and order some sandwiches and drinks, and enjoy a picnic with your dog in the park.
Take some time to enjoy the many trails in Butler Creek Park located in the Butler Creek Neighborhood. Walking along the trails after your pup has been cooped up all day gives your cranky pooch an opportunity to run and play, and smell every blade of grass in the park. The Butler Creek Park Trails curl around the lake in the park, circle around green space, and then trails off in both directions out of the park itself. The Butler Creek Greenway Trail also passes through the park, then heads out north to Johnson Creek and beyond. Remember to bring some water for you and your pooch, and puppy snacks to make everyone happy. Your dog will love the creek and splashing in the water on a hot summer day.