Study Shows Parks For Pooches Leading The Pack In Growth

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
It’s great to hear that large cities are increasingly going to the dogs… in an awesome way! Dog park popularity continues to rise, says the leading source of urban parks data.

According to a new report on city park systems, dog parks are gaining ground… meaning, off-leash dog parks are growing faster than any other type of park in America’s largest cities.

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The report, which has complied by The Trust for Public Land, just goes to show how the urban trend for dog ownership just keeps growing. We love our pups, and we want them to enjoy the same socialization and exercise options that we have. Based on the numbers, the demand for more dog parks is going to continue – last year saw a six percent growth, while in the past five years, that number leaps up to 20 percent!

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These numbers are all found in the 2015 City Park Facts, a report that’s part of a detailed compilation of data about parks in the U.S.’s 100 largest cities. It also shows the funding to parks and recreation in these cities rose 2.8 percent to $6.73 billion in 2014.

Which cities are forgoing swing sets in order to put in water stations, obstacle courses and plenty of trees to pee on? At the top of the list is Portland, OR – this urban mecca boasts 5.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Close on its paws is Norfolk, VA, Madison, WI, and Henderson and Las Vegas, NV.

Here’s the official U.S. Largest Cities Top 10 Off- Leash Dog Parks list (per 100,000 residents):

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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