One thing stood out in my mind – our KDOG attendance numbers were¬†somewhat¬†lower at the most recent City Council meeting on Tuesday.¬† We need a much greater turnout on April 6th, so please attend and¬†bring your family members and dog-loving friends with you.
At the March 16th meeting, Diane Rich gave persuasive public comments in support of KDOG and off-leash areas for Kirkland, and I know it was insightful for the City Council Members to hear from a Kirkland business owner/dog trainer (thank you, Diane). ¬†I also spoke and provided some carbon footprint calculations¬†done by KDOG’s AmeriCorps intern, Katie (merci beaucoup, Katie).
Jean of course spoke before the City Council (as always), and I am amazed and appreciative that she was able to do so, despite very recently having to say goodbye to her sweet beloved dog, Jasper. That must have been very difficult – she’s been working so hard for so long for a place for “Jaspy” and his Kirkland buddies to run and play¬†together.¬† Jasper is now running and playing at the Rainbow Bridge, but If the day comes when we have our park, some KDOG members have suggested to Jean that it be named “Jasper’s Park” – Jasper’s mommy certainly has worked very hard for it.¬† Quoting Jean, “It has seemed unlikely for a while that a park would be established in his lifetime but it’s more about what would be a great thing for Kirkland than for any one individual and their adorable loyal active little Jack Russell Terrier.”¬†¬† Thank you most of all, Jean – your activism, volunteerism and tireless efforts on behalf of your community are greatly¬†appreciated by many of us.
I’ll leave you all with a quote that Jean read in her comments before the City Council on Tuesday from¬†“The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs: ¬†“To understand cities, we have to deal outright with combinations or mixtures of uses, as the essential phenomena.¬† We have already seen the importance of this in the case of neighborhood parks.¬† Parks can easily – too easily – be thought of as phenomena in their own right and described as adequate or inadequate in terms, say, of acreage ratios to thousands of population.¬† Such an approach tells us something about the methods of park planners, but it tells us nothing useful about the behavior or value of neighborhood parks.”¬†¬†¬†Jean closed by stating, “Parks are a shared resource and serve cities best when they serve a mixture of uses, including off-leash recreation.”¬†¬† Bravo!