The City of Kirkland is developing proposals for dog off-leash areas to re-purpose park or open space land
To provide services for the community as identified in the DOLA Outreach process findings
- 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.
- November 13, 2019: Staff presented draft proposal to Park Board for feedback and comments.
- May 2020: Staff will present proposal to Park Board again. If proposal is recommended, staff will then seek community feedback on the proposal.
- TBD: Staff will present the options to City Council along with feedback received from the community.
Image: Dog unleashing entrance at Jasper's Park, one of Kirkland's current Dog Off-Leash Areas.
Park Planning & Development Manager