“It's a celebration,” Councilmember Lisa Parshley said after the Olympia City Council shared its plan to open not just one but three dog parks during the regular city council meeting yesterday evening.
City Engineer Jake Lund told the council that the city is preparing to open dog parks in the following locations, Evergreen Park, Ward Lake Park, and McLane Parcel. The project is planned and headed by the Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation.
For Ward Lake Park, Lund claimed that the city planned to fence off and divide the site into two areas. The proposal is that one area will serve large dogs and cover three acres. The other area, for small dogs, is slated to be just over half an acre.
In addition, Lund shared that for the Evergreen location, the city plans to add one acre of a fenced dog park. The city would also include new improvements such as additional pathways, ramps, railings, and concrete paths leading up to the dog park.
The newest acquisition is the McLane Parcel which is part of the Olympia School District property. Lund said that they plan to build four acres of fenced area for big dogs and half an acre for small dogs. Since the site is fairly new, Lund shared that the city would also provide associated parking.
Moreover, each of the three locations will have an open kiosk that provides park-goers with garbage receptacles, dog waste bags, and park signage. Lund added that they plan to open the three parks at the same time to ensure equal foot traffic.
The announcement came after residents expressed a need to have a designated off-leash dog area in the city. In fact, before the project proposal, the use of park areas for off-leash dogs had led to conflict between residents and had resulted in the closure of Sunrise Park in 2013.
During the discussion, Councilmembers Lisa Parshley, Jim Cooper, and Pro Tem Mayor Clark Gilman expressed their excitement to open the dog parks. Based on the bid summary, the city is estimated to spend at least $307,211.61 for the construction of the three parks.
The city has yet to announce the date for its opening.