Seattle Parks recruiting park users for focus groups on dog parks and more
You may recall the Seattle Parks survey on off-leash dog parks that we posted on back in July. The survey was just part 1 of a 3-part approach to arrive at a plan for dog parks (aka off-leash areas or OLAs). The OLA Strategic plan will identify a long-term plan for the City’s existing 14 OLAs, and for maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of OLA projects.
Dog owners and non-dog owners alike are encouraged to participate. The City is looking for people use the Parks system; it’s ultimately seeking a diverse group of people who can speak for the variety of uses and needs our Park system serves.
The focus groups will consist of conversations about how the City can balance the needs of people and dogs in parks. There are currently only 14 Off Leash Areas in the entire city, and only one on Queen Anne at Lower Kinnear Park – a great location for those on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but not so convenient for those residents further up the hill or on North Queen Anne.
To participate, fill out the online form and at the end of the questionnaire, you’ll be able to choose from seven different meeting times/places:
- Tuesday 10/13, 6-8pm, Green Lake Community Center
- Thursday 10/15, 6-8pm, Camp Long
- Saturday 10/17, 10-12pm, Jefferson Golf Clubhouse
- Saturday 10/17, 1:30-3:30pm, Garfield Community Center
- Tuesday 10/20, 9:30-11:30am, Magnuson Campus
- Wednesday 10/21, 6:30-8:30pm, Bitter Lake Community Center
- Tuesday 10/27, 6-8pm, Magnolia Community Center
Apply to participate in a focus group here by Friday, October 9th. The City will contact you on Monday, October 12th if you’re selected to join in the discussion, and keep the momentum going on getting more dog parks in the city.
Dog owners, take heed and leash your pets at Queen Anne parks or face fines
A reader alerted us to increased Big Howe Park patrols by Seattle Animal Shelter officers. They are issuing tickets to owners of unleashed dogs and multiple citations have been doled out by SAS. I checked around, and West Seattle Blog has reported that SAS is back up to full staff this year and will be increasing patrols of city parks.
Per the WSB:
“Seattle Animal Shelter says it’s back up to full staff and so, as director Don Jordan puts it, “folks not only in Lincoln Park but around the city will see a more-concerted effort back in the parks again to (encourage) off-leash compliance and compliance with our licensing law.”
SAS is definitely now upping their patrols on Queen Anne, and the fees are not cheap. In addition to be cited for having your dog off-leash, you can also be subject to fees for not having a pet license or carrying poop bags. The full list of violations and associated fees is online.
While we have a few un-official dog parks on Queen Anne, the only place to allow your pet to legally roam without a leash is in city-sanctioned off leash areas. If you are looking for legal options, try Lower Kinnear Park’s off-leash area, or hop over to Magnolia Manor.
Celebrate Lower Kinnear Park at grand opening on Saturday
Lower Kinnear Park has received quite a facelift thanks to a park improvement project that has revamped the park, added a dog park, refurbished the tennis court, and more – and now it’s time to celebrate the snazzy improvements with a grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, April 26.
Lower Kinnear Park is a 10-acre sustainable forest that boasts one of five madrone forests in Seattle. A Seattle city landmark, the park has been updated with a widened pathway through the forested grounds planted with native plants – the removal of invasive non-native plants was also part of the forest improvements.
FOLKpark (Friends of Lower Kinnear Park) raised nearly $1 million for the renovation, and they’re co-sponsoring the celebration event with Seattle Parks and Recreation.
All are welcome to attend the celebration, and FOLKpark is encouraging people to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Queen Anne Food Bank.
Join the celebration from 1pm to 3pm at Lower Kinnear Park (601 W Roy St) and take part in games, a scavenger hunt, pickle ball, a native bird tour, dog park tour, tree talk, and more. Live music will help set the festive stage for the community event, and all are welcome!
Hot kids? Take them to the East Queen Anne Playground wading pool, open three days a week
Oh, it was hot today, no doubt about it. And, tomorrow (Monday) is going to be a repeat. So, what can you do? Well, if you have little ones, the Little Howe Park wading pool is open for the season. It operates 3 days a week – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – the perfect days this week since they fall during our heat wave.
The season is definitely here, let’s just hope our heat waves restrict themselves to 3 days a week!
Public meeting to celebrate and discuss dog parks is scheduled for May 8
The Seattle Parks department is joining with Citizens for Off-Leash Areas (COLA) for a general meeting this Wednesday, May 8th, and the public is invited to join in the discussion. The meeting takes place at the Park Board Room (100 Dexter Ave N), 6:30pm-8:30pm.
COLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was formed to obtain and maintain off-leash dog exercise areas in Seattle. Along with Seattle Parks, the COLA Board of Directors will be celebrating the openings of two new off-leash areas – one at Magnolia Manor Park and the other at our local Lower Kinnear Park.
In addition, the meeting will be a forum to share important updates and upcoming events, as well as hold a roundtable discussion on key topics such as events, fundraisers, marketing, education, volunteers, partnerships, and newsletters. Attendees will also be able to learn about the benefits of COLA membership and how to join. COLA member dues help improve existing off-leash areas, support the newsletter, phone line, and creation of educational brochures and materials.
All are welcome – although, please note, dogs must stay at home and sit this one out.
Register for Green Seattle Day 2012 and Be a Volunteer for the SW Queen Anne Greenbelt
Green Seattle Day, an all-volunteer effort to plant native trees and shrubs in Seattle parks, kicks off on November 3rd. The SW Queen Anne Greenbelt is on the list and so far only 3 of 20 volunteer slots are filled – so there’s an opportunity for you to register and help out the sole Queen Anne park on the list.
The Green Seattle Partnership is a joint effort by the City of Seattle, Forterra, other local nonprofit organizations, and volunteers to restore and steward Seattle’s parks and green spaces. Over 150 Earth Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers have cleared the area so the SW Queen Anne Greenbelt team will have a clean slate for planting 200-400 trees and shrubs. The team will also remove invasive ivy and create survival rings to protect trees from ivy.
What: Green Seattle Day at SW Queen Anne Greenbelt
Where: 1154 Elliott Ave W at W Lee, meet behind Super Supplements
When: Nov 3rd, 10am-2pm
Registration: RSVP online so the coordinator can plan for supplies
What Should I Bring?
Tools, gloves, and restoration supplies will be provided. If you have gloves or clippers, please bring them. Volunteers should also bring their own water. Wear warm clothes and rain gear, and note that since some areas are sloped, sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Removal of blackberry vines will be one of the activities, and that task requires long sleeves and tough clothing.
RSVP online and mark your calendar!