Tampa ranks fifth, St. Petersburg 15th on list of cities with the most dog parks per 100,000 residents

The list is done every year by the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.
Hayden Greiwe, 26, reassures King, a 2-month-old Golden Retriever, during King's first trip to the Davis Island Dog Park Friday, March 22, 2019. King was a quick study. He learned that the water tastes salty, rocks are not chewy and to lay low when the big dogs want to play.  (JOHN PENDYGRAFT    |   Times)
Hayden Greiwe, 26, reassures King, a 2-month-old Golden Retriever, during King's first trip to the Davis Island Dog Park Friday, March 22, 2019. King was a quick study. He learned that the water tastes salty, rocks are not chewy and to lay low when the big dogs want to play. (JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times)
Published March 21
Updated March 22

TAMPA — Tampa’s 15 dog parks have landed the city near the top of a list of American cities with the most outdoor escapes for residents and their pooches.

The nonprofit Trust for Public Land Thursday ranked Tampa fifth, in a tie with San Francisco, on its list of dog park-iest cities. The trust’s 2019 survey found a total of 810 off-leash dog parks in the nation’s 100 biggest cities, a 74 percent increase over the last decade.

Counting the number of off-leash dog areas per 100,000 people, the trust ranked Boise, Idaho first, followed by Portland, Ore., Henderson Nev., Norfolk, Va. and Tampa and San Francisco together at No. 5. With a population of nearly 380,000, Tampa has about four dog parks or off-leash areas per 100,000 residents.

St. Petersburg tied with Pittsburgh and Anchorage, Alaska for No. 15 on the list. Orlando was in a four-way tie for No. 48, Miami in a six-way tie for No. 52 and Jacksonville in a three-way tie for No. 72. Hialeah, with no dog parks, was in last place with three other cities, including Newark, N.J.

Contact Richard Danielson at rdanielson@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3403. Follow @Danielson_Times

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