The Wilshire Park Off-Leash Dog Area is one of many dog parks in Portland, Oregon. This dog-friendly city loves to designate specific areas of their public parks for the purpose of exercising dogs off-leash. This DOLA, or dog off-leash area in Wilshire Park, is in the north-east corner of the park and is accessible from both NE 37th Avenue and NE Skidmore Street.
There is street-side parking on both for anyone arriving in a vehicle. While the Wilshire Park DOLA is unfenced, it is clearly signed with boundary markers and dogs should not be unleashed in any other part of the park. The off-leash area is in a pretty part of the park. It has a gently sloping incline which is covered with grass and tall pine trees which give it a nice woodland feel.
As the Wilshire Park Off-Leash Dog Area is unfenced, there is no way of keeping little dogs separate from the big ones. Owners of both sizes of dog need to keep them under close vigilance to prevent any untoward behavior. If dogs do begin to act in an anti-social manner, they should be put back on their leashes as quickly as possible.
Children can sometimes run into the off-leash area and dogs using the facility should be responsive to voice commands to make sure no mishaps occur. The Portland Parks Division also request owners control their dogs barking. The park is open early morning and late into the night, and excessive barking not only stresses out other animals but also people living in the neighborhood.
The parks division also remind pet owners that their dog must be wearing its vaccination and license tags on its collar where it is clearly visible. As a general consideration, all pet owners are asked to comply with the park rules, the most important of which is scooping poop. They make provision of all the necessary equipment such as scoopers and bags and expect owners to put them to good use.