KDOG would like to give a huge shout-out to some of our dedicated volunteers who are working hard to bring a dog park to Kirkland. One such volunteer really stands out, and his name is Rick. Rick is not a KDOG member. He doesnâ€™t even own a dog — a cat, rather. Rick reported for volunteer duty at our first work party, brought a treasure trove of tools with him, worked hard in the heat for the duration, then headed to work at his regular job . . . until midnight. Rick continues to show up at work parties to give his time and talents to the benefit of Kirklandâ€™s dog-loving community. If you happen to be at Trader Joeâ€™s in Totem Lake and see Rick, please shake his hand and extend a huge thank you. He is such an inspiration!
Rick is pictured in the first photo below. Other dedicated volunteers, in order of below photos:
Jenny, Director of Kirkland City Parks, working tirelessly
Kirkland City Council Member Bob Sternoff and his fiancĂ©, Joene LaBou â€“ Bob and Joene have several dogs in their family and have been instrumental in getting a dog park for the Kirkland community
Wendy, KDOG Fundraising Committee member, ensuring that the site is rid of barbed wire
Megen and Mike, dedicated wife-husband team. Megen is also quite the work party recruiter!
Laura, KDOG Operations-Planning Committee Co-Chair, the woman who knows how to get things done
Jadine, KDOG Volunteer Committee member â€“ just look at that enthusiastic smile!
With the work of many dedicated volunteers like the folks pictured above, weâ€™ll be able to open the dog park this fall â€“ but we need YOUR help. The current schedule for upcoming work parties at the park site is as follows:
September 24, Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
October 8, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
October 15, Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
October 22, Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Later work parties may be scheduled as needs become clear.
Work party volunteers should wear boots and work gloves, otherwise dress as appropriate for the weather, and bring heavy loppers, shovels, bow rakes and other non-power tools, if you have them (otherwise the City Parks Dept. will provide many different types of tools). At initial work parties, volunteers are clearing blackberry vines and roots. At later work parties, volunteers will be laying down landscaping cloth, using wheelbarrows and shovels for laying down wood chip and cedar â€śhog fuelâ€ť ground cover and helping with fencing of the dog park boundary, entrance area and small dog area. Work parties will continue under most weather conditions, including rain, in the hope of fall opening of the dog park.
The dog park site is located at 113th Avenue NE and NE 120th Street, Kirkland (Totem Lake â€“ North Juanita) and is bounded to the east by a public path (entrance from the road to the northeast). ALL VISITORS ARE ASKED TO USE STREET PARKING AND WALK VIA THE PATH TO VIEW THE SITE (I.E., NO VEHICLE OR FOOT TRAFFIC IN THE CORPORATE PARKING LOT NEXT TO THE DOG PARK SITE).
Map showing location: http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/?org=aj&FORM=MSNH14#/lybn8yvvwvwffrbx
Please sign up for work parties at KDOGâ€™s Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/offleash-42/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.