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Dog off-leash areas for Queen Anne/Magnolia


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Superintendent's Decision

Thank you again for your participation in our efforts to identify an appropriate site for an off leash area in the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods. Superintendent Bounds reviewed all the materials submitted thus far in this process, and concurred with the Board of Park Commissioners recommendation to establish pilot off-leash areas at Lower Kinnear Park and Magnolia Manor Park. The Board also recommended that we start a process to examine the feasibility of a pilot off-leash area in the Bay Terrace Road area in Discovery Park, which is in the northeast corner of the park and not included in the area covered by the master plan.
> Read the Letter from Ken Bounds (PDF)

Staff Recommendations

Staff evaluation and recommendation are linked below your review and consideration. The staff recommendation were forwarded to the Board of Park Commissioners, who conducted a public hearing at their October 12 meeting and will made a recommendation to the Superintendent at their October 26 meeting.

Community Meetings

Seattle Parks and Recreation held two public meetings to take public comment on the possibility of locating one or two dog off-leash areas in Queen Anne and/or Magnolia.

At those meetings, the following documents were presented:

Project Description

Seattle Parks and Recreation is considering creating one or two dog off-leash areas to serve the Magnolia and/or Queen Anne neighborhoods.

After meeting with representatives of the Magnolia Community Club, Queen Anne Community Council and Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA), Seattle Parks and Recreation has identified five parks to be considered for a dog off-leash area. They are:

David Rodgers
Kinnear Park
Kinnear Park

Magnolia Manor

Magnolia Park

Thorndyke Park

Parks will host two separate community meetings in Magnolia and Queen Anne to take public comment on the merits of the sites and on our evaluation of the sites. If there is broad support, Parks will proceed with a public hearing with the Board of Park Commissioners to establish one or two new pilot off leash areas to serve Magnolia and Queen Anne.

Park improvements to establish an off-leash area would require installation of fencing, gates, signage, and new bark or crushed rock substrate, as well as irrigation modifications.

This project is a planning process only. There are no funds for park improvements for an off-leash area at this time. Funds could be sought from the Neighborhood Matching Fund or other outside sources.

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Updated September 29, 2015

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