In 1995 and again in 2006 Metro proposed two bond measures to acquire land for future parks. Portlanders enthusiastically supported these acquisitions. Unbeknownst to most of us, the Metro Council then took the unusual step to ban all dogs from these future parks!
None of the public information circulated during the bond measure campaigns provided any clue that Metro intended to exclude pets from the land they purchased.
That's actually become the norm for Metro: They floated a 2008 bond measure for the Oregon Zoo, claiming that they would not only expand habitat for elephants at the zoo itself, but would also put together an expansive off-site facility so that elephants would be free to roam. All for a mere $125 million. They knew that this was not possible, and as I pointed out at the time, an off-site facility alone would cost at least $350 million to construct, let alone operate. Nonetheless, gullible voters passed the measure. Now, they've admitted that they aren't going to build the off-site facility, and a lot of the folks who voted for the bond are angry.
And now they're angry about Metro's latest bait-and-switch, but the regional government doesn't care:
Metro believes this is a "settled" issue since it's "Metro policy" and they scrub any mention of opposition as irrelevant.
Keeping dogs, leashed or not, out of their parks is "Metro policy", so it's a done deal, and there ain't nothing you can do about it. They can do this sort of thing and still get multi-million-dollar bond measures passed because they know that most of the voters here are new to the area, and they have no knowledge of the sordid history of the regional government. So they see a big bond measure that promises this or that and it sounds wonderful - and they vote for it.