Boise Tops National Rankings for Dog Parks

Dog Parks Increased By 3.8% in 2020

December 18, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Today, The Trust for Public Land today announced the top cities for dog parks in 2020. Boise, Idaho topped the list for the second year in a row with six dog parks available per 100,000 residents. Laredo, Texas was the most improved, moving from 84th to 32nd in the rankings. The 100 largest U.S. cities by population are ranked.  

“Dog parks enrich our communities for dogs and caregivers alike,” said Diane Regas, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. “By providing a place for our canine friends to get outdoors, cities are also providing a place for neighbors to gather and connect. During the pandemic, providing these avenues for community connection is more important than ever.” 

Dog parks are among the fastest-growing amenities in the 100 largest U.S. cities’ park systems. The Trust for Public Land calculates rank based on the number of dog parks for every 100,000 residents.  

Year   

Number of Dog Parks 

Change in numbers 

Change in percentage from prior year 

Growth since 2009 

2020 

841 

31 

3.8% 

+375 

2019 

810 

37 

4.8% 

+344 

2018 

773 

37 

5.0% 

+307 

2017 

736 

55 

8.1% 

+270 

2016 

681 

37 

5.7% 

+215 

2015 

644 

 

 

+178 

2009 

466 

 

 

  

The Trust for Public Land is a national leader in providing guidance to municipalities on how to successfully build a dog park and has provided best practices available here. During the coronavirus pandemic different cities have made creative efforts to ensure visitors can safely use local dog parks while following social distancing protocol.  

For more information and other park data, review the annual ParkScore® report. 

The 100 largest U.S. cities are ranked as follows for dog parks per 100,000 residents: 

 

Rank 

Place name 

City Population 

Dog Parks 

Dog parks per 100,000 residents 

1  

Boise, ID 

234,844 

14 

6.0 

2  

Portland, OR 

657,424 

38 

5.8 

3 (tie)  

Henderson, NV 

309,203 

16 

5.2 

3 (tie)  

Norfolk, VA 

249,865 

13 

5.2 

San Francisco, CA 

884,353 

36 

4.1 

Tampa, FL 

386,341 

15 

3.9 

7(tie)  

Las Vegas, NV 

652,183 

25 

3.8 

7(tie)  

Oakland, CA 

416,712 

16 

3.8 

Arlington, VA 

230,112 

3.5 

10(tie)  

Anchorage, AK 

299,100 

3.0 

10(tie)  

Madison, WI 

262,418 

3.0 

10(tie)  

Sacramento, CA 

506,514 

15 

3.0 

13 

Chula Vista, CA 

274,295 

2.6 

14 

Albuquerque, NM 

573,160 

14 

2.4 

15 (tie)  

Pittsburgh, PA 

308,882 

2.3 

15 (tie)  

St. Petersburg, FL 

263,815 

2.3 

17 

Fremont, CA 

230,962 

2.2 

18 (tie)  

Bakersfield, CA 

386,456 

2.1 

18 (tie)  

Jersey City, NJ 

280,263 

2.1 

18 (tie)  

Long Beach, CA 

478,249 

10 

2.1 

21(tie)  

Chesapeake, VA 

248,720 

2.0 

21(tie)  

Washington, DC 

702,321 

14 

2.0 

23(tie)  

Boston, MA 

687,725 

13 

1.9 

23(tie)  

Seattle, WA 

721,685 

14 

1.9 

23(tie)  

St. Louis, MO 

310,144 

1.9 

 

The following cities did not provide data on the number of dog parks and were not ranked: Fort Wayne, IN; Garland, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Miami, FL 

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