Improve Dog Off-Leash Areas

Updated: September 27, 2019

Fall 2019

One of the Seattle Park District Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiatives is to Improve Dog Off-Leash Areas (OLAs). This initiative will improve existing OLAs through increased maintenance and updates to aging infrastructure. There is a list of all 14 OLAs on the Dog Off Leash Areas webpage. 

The installation of new dog agility equipment at the Golden Gardens OLA is complete. Seattle Conservation Corps installed the equipment, removed gravel that was built up along the fence on the south end of the OLA, repaired the fence, and removed overgrown vegetation. Tree limbs overhanging the agility equipment were also pruned to improve visibility and access.

Dog agility equipment will be installed at the Golden Gardens OLA in summer 2019. Based on feedback that SPR staff heard from dog owners at an outreach event on August 30, 2018 the equipment will be located at the south end. The site plan can be viewed here, and agility equipment images can be viewed here. Seattle Conservation Corps will install the agility equipment in early to mid-September. The south end the OLA will be closed for one to two weeks during construction.

Project Description

In 2016, with community input, we developed the People, Dogs, and Parks Plan to guide the improvements. To date we have:

  • Built a new fence around the 8.6-acre Magnuson Park OLA
  • Installed a small and shy dog area along with other improvements at Genesee Park
  • Installed a small and shy dog area at Woodland park along with additional improvements
  • Installed an 18" block wall inside the fence along Bell Street at Regrade Park, to prevent gravel from the OLA from migrating onto the Bell Street sidewalk
  • Installed a new pedestrian access gate and new vehicle access gates at Northacres Park OLA, and replaced damaged and deteriorating fencing
  • Resurfaced the existing gravel path and installed new benches at the Dr. Jose Rizal Park OLA
  • Installed dog agility equipment and fence repairs at Golden Gardens OLA

We are planning a list of improvements at other OLAs around the city and will post the scope and schedule of these improvements as they develop.

Budget

Seattle Park District allocates $100,000 annually for capital improvements.

For construction questions contact Shannon Glass.
For other questions please contact Danyal Lotfi, Danyal.Lotfi@seattle.gov