Communications Program Manager
KIRKLAND, Wash. – Hundreds of brightly colored flags popped up at two Kirkland parks last week as part of a City campaign to encourage dog owners to scoop and throw away dog waste.
Visitors to Juanita Beach Park and Hazen Hills Park may have noticed bright yellow survey flags indicating where un-scooped dog poop was discovered during a 3-week observation period in September. Along the shoreline of Juanita Beach, City staff marked 66 instances of un-scooped poop, with another 105 cases on the north side of the Park. 94 cases were documented at Hazen Hills Park in the Evergreen Hill neighborhood.
Kirkland’s estimated 20,000 dogs generate almost 6,000 pounds of dog poop every day. Dog waste contains harmful bacteria and germs that can spread disease to other dogs and wildlife. When it rains, dog waste washes away to the nearest storm drain, stream, creek, or lake. The bacteria in dog poop can harm water quality and can make our favorite places to swim and play unsafe.
The easiest and most effective way to prevent the spread of disease and water pollution is to scoop the poop, bag it, and put it in the trash.
“Picking up and properly disposing of pet waste is an easy way to protect the health of our pets, our families, our parks, and our waterways,” said Councilmember Jon Pascal. “The City is doing our part by providing education, resources such as poop bag dispensers, and enforcement of our scoop law. We need all of our community members to join us by doing their part and cleaning up after their pets.”
To aid in this effort, the City has installed six new dog poop bag dispensers alongside trash cans in Juanita Beach Park and Hazen Hills Park. Community members are also being asked to sign a pledge to be a Super Dooper Pooper Scooper. Super Scooper’s pledge to scoop dog poop at home weekly, take poop bags on dog walk, scoop poop every time, and put the scooped poop in the trash. Signing the pledge will get Kirkland residents a free poop scoop toolkit.
City staff will continue to monitor these areas to see if outreach efforts and the installation of the new dispensers leads to a decrease in un-scooped dog waste in the two parks. All of these efforts are funded through a grant from the King Conservation District to help improve water quality.
For more information, and to sign-up to be a Super Scooper, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/petwaste.