The City of Renton Recreation Manager, Kris Stimpson,Â has sent a nice support letter detailing the process Renton went through to create a dog park.Â Â PleaseÂ read the attached letter.Â City of Renton Support Letter
February 24, 2010
February 10, 2010
Dear Ms. Schroder-
I have been on the Sequim Dog Park board since its inception. We have had very positive feedback from our residents. Our city was a little reluctant to support a leash free dog park at first because the City council had no familiarity with the concept. A group of us took it upon ourselves to educate the city council and the public works director. In a few weeks they were very interested in establishing a leash free dog park somewhere in the city limits. The public works director suggested a wild, overgrown two acre back section of Carrie Blake Park. He said he could get a tractor in and would grade it and remove the profusion of wild blackberry bushes. Our board looked over the sites suggested and agreed that the Carrie Blake site was the best possible site. One of our civic minded residents donated approximately 200 cubic yards of top soil to level the back third of the lot. The city put in the irrigation system and a contractor donated the labor and materials for the perimeter fencing. The dog park Pals (our support group) raised money to install the dividing fence between the large dog side and the small dog side and all of the gates. The city paid for and installed about half of our benches and waste bags stations. The Dog Park board installed all of the signage. The board and other supporters do the seasonal maintenance work such as adding gravel to low areas and killing weeds with non-toxic herbicides. The city does all of the regular mowing and all of the irrigation. The whole process has been quite positive. We have had none of the problems that some residents were afraid would occur. Our Dog Park rules have been very effective for the most part and the regular attendees seem to be able to educate the newcomers and the few out-of-towners who might be traveling through Sequim. Our neighboring city, Port Angeles is in the process of developing a dog park similar to ours. We have found that the dogs enjoy socializing with other dogs and the owners enjoy socializing with other owners. Overall, the Sequim Dog Park has been beneficial for our community.
Dave Neidhardt, Sequim Dog Park