Thanks for your comments!
During the fall and winter of 2018, City staff collected feedback from the community on ideas and concerns about dog owners taking their dogs off-leash in Kirkland. Thanks to all who shared your thoughts about off-leash dogs through the neighborhood association meetings, community events, and surveys.
Visit our Dog Off-Leash Areas page for the next actions on off-leash dog areas in Kirkland.
Timeline of this civic conversation
January 2018: City Council Park Board Joint Study Session.
Park Board shared their interest in conducting public outreach for off-leash dog areas.
October 2018 through January 2019: Outreach Activities for Off-Leash Dogs and need.
March 13, 2019: Final Report and findings presented to Park Board.
The Park Board recommends that staff proceed with developing options for off leash dog opportunities that include various configurations for further consideration by the Park Board and Council.
May 7, 2019: Joint meeting Park Board/ City Council – Study Session.
Final Report, findings and Park Board recommendation presented to City Council.
May 31, 2019: Staff conducted an internal workshop to determine best sites for exploration and develop 3-4 proposals, including anything needed to make each option successful, such as enforcement, construction, signage, accessibility and on-going maintenance.
May 2020: Staff will present the options to Park Board for feedback and refinements to proposals. Once the Park Board has a proposal, staff will engage the community for feedback.
TBD: Staff will present the feedback and options to City Council.
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