Lower Kinnear’s off-leash dog park now open with celebration planned for Sunday

New Off-Leash Sign at Kinnear Park
Dogs Welcome!

Queen Anne finally has its first off-leash dog park at Lower Kinnear Park – and it’s ready and waiting for your well-behaved pup to enjoy! I stopped by the park earlier this week, and aside from one pug and his owner, the park was quiet, like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

It’ll soon be full of happy pups, as the official opening celebration is this Sunday, February 24th. The off-leash area is a COLA (Citizens for Off Leash Areas) park; COLA is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization that supports and maintains Seattle’s off-leash dog parks.

Approaching the new OLA from Roy St entrance

COLA worked with Seattle Parks’ landscape architects Joe Neiford and Frank Robinson to design the new off-leash area (OLA), which includes a kiosk, wooden fencing, wood chip surfacing, a bench, and native plantings on the adjacent hillside.

The Seattle Conservation Corps constructed the 5,400 square foot off-leash area and thanks to the efforts of COLA, Seattle Parks, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark), and the Queen Anne community, local canines now have a safe place to play off-leash, socialize with other pups, and promote a safe park and strengthen neighborhood bonds.

View coming from Elliott Ave W parking lot

Seattle dogs and their people are invited to join the opening celebration on Sunday, February 24th from noon-3pm. You can access the park from a lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at 904 Elliott Ave W or you can walk through the park from the entrance on Roy St. (it’s a short, pleasant walk, the park has crushed stone paths and new plantings mixed with giant old trees).

The Kinnear Park off-leash area is part of a larger renovation of the park via funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund (Lower Kinnear Opportunity Fund). The community worked with Seattle Parks and HBB Landscape Architects to design improved trail connections and signage, a restored tennis court, and a natural setting with native plants.

For more information about the Lower Kinnear Off Leash Area or to volunteer at the OLA, contact Patrick Jones via email or at 206.913.7261.

Off-leash dog areas moving ahead in Queen Anne’s Lower Kinnear Park and Magnolia Manor Park

It looks like an off-leash dog area in Queen Anne has new life.  Four years ago, there was a plan to add the area to Lower Kinnear Park.  After several community meetings and site selections, the plan sat on the shelf.  But we’ve learned that funding for design and planning will become available in late 2011, and construction could start in 2012.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates funding for the project.  The parks department has worked closely with Friends of Lower Kinnear Park on the 5400 square foot site, which can be seen as #2 on the map below (click the map to enlarge).

Another off-leash area has been designated at Magnolia Manor Park in Magnolia.  The parks department tells us that both projects will go through another full public process.  For background on the site selections that took place back in 2006, click here.

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