This project has three objectives:

  • change the negative image Portlanders have, particularly decision makers,  of the people who live here; 

  • build a gathering place for our neighbors to get to know one another better in the context of a mutual love and respect for dogs; and 

  • address waste issues that may be killing our trees in a neighborhood designated as a heat island with a very low tree canopy (Scoop on Poop). Opportunity abounds to make a dog ballpark that recycles the waste and saves trees.

"The dog park: whether urban or suburban, there are more possibilities than you can shake a stick at." Huffington Post

Portland's Caring Community

Our neighborhood is in the Central City and home to about 4,000 people and another 6,000 or so employees or "day-timers" who work in businesses and non-profits, large and small.  It is a redevelopment area of the City and as such it is heavy on surface parking lots, neglected buildings, and is (officially) a heat island.  Many of our neighbors live on very limited incomes in affordable housing. While it is best known as the entertainment district with all that implies, it is in reality, Portland's Caring Community as over 57% of our housing units are supportive care and shelters serving the homeless. 

Project Elements

  • Website

  • Video and Slide Show

  • Social Media Network (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Nextdoor.com)

  • Potential Sites


  • Site Study and Design (for urban Dog Ballpark )

  • Business plan and major sponsor

  • Exhibit (site and design recommendation with video in background)

Project Leader

Sponsored by PDXdowntowner and Earthsayers.tv this project started July 4th, 2017 with the photographing of 101 dogs with their caregivers by Ruth Ann Barrett, videographer and citizen activist. It is expected to run through December 0f 2019 as it includes funding a site selection and design recommendation with 2020being the year of the dog ballpark.


© 2017 All Rights Reserved, Old Town Chinatown, Portland, Oregon. 101DogsPDX is a project to petition for an urban dog ballpark in our neighborhood. 

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