Northeast Portland features an abundance of parks and outdoor recreational spaces, many of which are dog-friendly paradises. If you seek a quiet and off the beaten path location to take your dog for playtime, look no further than Frazer Park Off-Leash Dog Area, located just off the 84 freeway. This is a small, grassy, and unfenced park where dogs can run off leash and meet with other dogs in the community.
Within walking distance from this small, seemingly inconspicuous space is the much larger and vastly more popular Normandale Park. So many people frequent Normandale that locals and residents prefer to meet up at Frazer, where a community garden embodies the friendly, local atmosphere. Trees and benches offer shade and resting places to tired-out dog lovers, although there are few amenities beyond the shade.
You will need to bring in your own water, and in order to pick up after your dog, poop bags. If you want to make a day of it, you can also pack in lunch and use one of the park’s picnic tables. Portland Parks and Recreation manages Frazer Park Off-Leash Dog Area, which also includes basketball courts and a playground for children. The off-leash area is approximately two acres.
Dogs are expected to be on a leash when they are not in the bounds of the off-leash play area. Residents and locals point out that the unfenced park does not allow for out-of-control or aggressive dogs, so make sure that you are able to keep your dog well within voice control. While locals do frequent the park, you can expect a decent amount of privacy as well, if that is what you are looking for.
The community is respectful and filled with good dog owners, and they expect that you will help keep the park clean and safe while you visit. If you find yourself in Portland on vacation or if you are a local looking for a lowkey play area to bond with your dog, then Frazer Park Off-Leash Dog Area might be the place. Check it out, and your dog will like it there too!