Trust for Public Land Ranks Boise No. 1 for Dog Parks 

click to enlarge LAURIE PEARMAN
  • Laurie Pearman
It's no coincidence that the Trust for Public Land has revealed its rankings for dog parks today, in advance of National Puppy Day this Saturday, March 23. Each year, the Center for City Park Excellence, a division of the Trust for Public Land, collects data on the nation's 100 largest city park systems, and Boise has come out on top with the most dog parks per capita in the U.S. With a total of 13 official dog parks, the City of Trees has 5.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Portland, Oregon, is second in the U.S. with 5.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents, and Henderson, Nevada, is third with 5 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Other cities in the top 10 were Norfolk, Virginia; San Francisco; Tampa, Florida; Las Vegas; Madison, Wisconsin; Oakland, California; and Arlington, Virginia.

“Dog parks are one of the fastest growing components of parks,” said Charlie McCabe, director of The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence. “People have many questions about ‘the right way’ to build a dog park and want to bring together the correct combination of people and resources. We’re providing this information to serve as a guide, so these dog parks can be a resource to as many people, and dogs, as possible.”

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