Leashed Areas

Your dog must be on a eight foot maximum leash on all streets and publicly owned property including Back Cove and the Skate Park. There are several areas where your dog can be on a longer leash or under voice control.  The full leash rules for all City properties can be found in Chapter 5 of the City Code.

It is the policy of the City of Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department that service animals be allowed in all City parks in all areas that are open to the public.  Service animals are animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for persons who have qualifying disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For our complete Service Animal Policy click here.

Leashed (Max 25 Feet)

Dogs must be leashed (max of 25 ft.) in the following areas:
  • Baxter Pines
  • Bayside Park
  • Deering Oaks
  • Dougherty Field
  • Eastern Promenade (see additional information below)
  • Evergreen Cemetery (dogs allowed on roads and paths only, not on gravesites)
  • Longfellow Park
  • Quaker Park
  • Stroudwater Park
  • Western Promenade

Unleashed & Under Voice Command

Dogs can be unleashed at the following locations (must be under voice command):
  • Any city-owned island park area and open space (unless posted otherwise)
  • Canco Woods
  • Capisic Pond Park
  • East End Beach (day after Labor Day to day before Memorial Day)
  • Eastern Promenade Park (see additional information below)
  • Evergreen Cemetery (to the north and west of Northern Avenue in undeveloped wooded area)
  • Ocean Avenue Open Space
  • Pine Grove Park
  • Portland Arts & Technology School (wood behind at 196 Allen Avenue)
  • Presumpscot River Preserve
  • Quarry Run Dog Park
  • Riverton Trolley Park
  • Valley Street Park

Baxter Woods

  • August 1st - March 31st, dogs are permitted under voice control at the following times. From 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. all dogs must be on an eight (8) foot leash.
  • April 1st to July 31st, all dogs must be on an eight (8) foot leash at all times.
  • Additionally, dogs must be on an 8-foot leash at all times on the Northern Carriage Path and in all areas of Baxter Woods north of the Northern Carriage Path.
  • Please visit the Baxter Woods parks page for more information.

Eastern Promenade Information


Dogs are allowed in the Eastern Promenade park within the area bounded by the following:
Cutter Street to the lower sidewalk to the exit side of the Fort Allen roadway and back to Cutter Street
East End Beach and the mid-slope nature path.

Said areas of Eastern Promenade Park are to be open to dogs under voice control from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 5 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. of each day, and from Labor Day through Memorial Day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. of each day.

No Dogs Allowed


There are no dogs allowed (with the exception of Service Animals) on any playfields, school yards, or playgrounds. For our complete Service Animal Policy click here.