Off-leash Areas (OLAs) in Local Parks
The 2009 opening of 7 off-leash areas (OLAs) was a huge improvement for Bend dog guardians.
Bob Wenger (Pine Nursery)
DogPAC continues to work with the Bend Park and Recreation District to enhance off-leash opportunities; this has included volunteer work in the OLAs. Bob Wenger was DogPAC's lead on OLAs in Bend. With his passing, the Friends of Pine Nursery OLA formed and has led the volunteer maintenance at that area. Use the Google Map below for location and other information on Bend's OLAs. A map of each OLA is downloadable via the markers. This is still in development. Click +/- to scroll in or out — or use the link below the map for a larger version. Please email us with any corrections / additions. You can also download the Bend map from our brochure.
5 acres, unfenced, short trails, natural terrain, limited on-street parking in pull-out on Trenton.
4 acres, fenced, short trails, natural terrain, can access off-leash area via (leash-required) trail from main Overturf Park on NW 17th.
Large area, grass sections, fenced area to west (near parking), unfenced area to east, short trails. OLA map
3 acres of grass and trees, partially fenced. OLA map.
Bob Wenger - Pine Nursery
17 fenced acres, short trails, natural terrain, grass planned.
4 acres, fenced, shot trail, woodchips, some grass.
1 acre, fenced, small dog area (under 25 pounds and 15 inches at shoulder), small river access area.
Off W Antler / SW Black Butte Blvd (Black Butte turns into Antler if you are coming from the east off hwy 97) between NW 15th Street and NW 17th Street.
Black Butte Blvd
Bennington Properties focuses on dog loving activities. For more information go to Bennington Properties.
Guidelines prepared by the Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD)
Know your dog! The most important step to a successful dog park experience is knowing your dog. Not all dogs are good candidates for off-leash areas. If your dog has not had regular interaction with other dogs, it may lack the necessary social skills to make your visit safe and enjoyable. Socialize young puppies (8-16 weeks of age) at a puppy kindergarten class, not at the dog park.
Know the park. Before taking your dog to an off-leash area, familiarize yourself with the site and the posted rules.
Vaccinations. All dogs visiting the park must be immunized.
Make your initial visit at a time that is not busy. Daytime hours during the week and late weekend afternoons are generally the quietest times at the OLAs.
Let your dog off-leash as soon as you arrive within the boundaries of the OLA. Mixing leashed and unleashed dogs can cause problems. Leashed dogs often feel threatened by free dogs and may display defensive behaviors.
Keep an eye on your dog. A parent would not leave a young child unattended; watch your pet and monitor whom he/she is playing with and if their behavior is appropriate. Make sure you can always see your dog.
Keep walking! Walking, rather than sitting or standing, will help minimize defensive and territorial behaviors. This means that your dog is more likely to pass another dog with a friendly sniff instead of a stare down.
Do not allow your children to approach a dog without permission from the dog’s handler. Remember that many dogs who visit the OLAs are not socialized to children.
Be aware that dogs have different play styles, temperaments and physical abilities. Many dogs love rambunctious play, while some are more timid and aloof. Always respect the wishes of the handler and be prepared to move to another area of the OLA in order to help facilitate dogs getting along. Leash up and leave if your dog is acting in an aggressive manner.
Scoop the Poop – Hundreds of dogs visit each OLAs every month and we want to keep them clean for everyone to enjoy. Nobody likes to step in or look at dog poop. Plastic bags, supplied by BPRD, are available in on-site dispensers.
Keep the area safe and clean. Do not allow your dog to dig holes, which can cause injuries to unsuspecting people and dogs. Leave the site in better condition than you found it. Small actions, multiplied by hundreds of visitors, are what keep our off-leash areas a success. Report park condition concerns to BPRD Park Services at 541.388.5435.
BPRD has a lot more information on their website. If you encounter aggressive dogs (or people)
in the OLAs, contact non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.