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.

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 those assisting the visually impaired) on any playfields, school yards, or playgrounds.