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September 19, 2011

Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Work Party Volunteers Who Are Making Kirkland’s Dog Park a Reality

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy Doering @ 11:29 pm

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 doesn’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 Kirkland’s dog-loving community. If you happen to be at Trader Joe’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 fiancé, Joene LaBou – 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 – just look at that enthusiastic smile!

Rick

Jenny

Bob and Joene

Wendy

Megen and Mike

Laura

Jadine

Everyone Working Hard

 

With the work of many dedicated volunteers like the folks pictured above, we’ll be able to open the dog park this fall – 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 “hog fuel” 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 – 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 KDOG’s Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/offleash-42/ or email workparty@kdog.org.

September 5, 2011

Breaking Ground – Major Milestone!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy Doering @ 12:07 pm

Dressed for blackberry vine combat and armed with loppers, shovels, bow rakes and unbreakable spirit, our team of volunteers “broke ground” (dug out vines, an old buried farm shed and miscellaneous buried junk) at our first work party on August 27that the site of Kirkland’s future dog park.   We had a lot of fun!

We had to limit the number of volunteers at this particular work party to a very small group of twelve, but with lots of perseverance, humor and fuel (coffee, sweets, fruit and gallons of H2O), our tiny-but-mighty team was able to accomplish our mission that day.   Despite heat, thorns, and the mysteries of what lie before us in an overgrown parcel of land that once upon a time was a cow pasture, our dedicated KDOG volunteers were overjoyed to be out clearing the site, as were our friends from the Kirkland City Parks Dept., partners who tirelessly worked shoulder-to-shoulder with us.  The Kirkland City Parks personnel, who know a thing or two about building parks, did a miraculous job of “flailing” the blackberry bushes so that we could rake them into piles, and while we are taking a short break, they are continuing to work hard to further clear and prep the site for our upcoming September-October work parties.

All of us who will enjoy the use of the dog park owe our volunteers a huge thank you – working together in the heat, undaunted and still managing to smile and laugh a lot, they made an impressive team!  Keep up the great work, KDOG volunteers – our pups will soon be happily running and playing leash-free at this site.

Work Party Group Picture

Dream Team!   Doug (Kirkland Parks), Margy (looking fierce with pitchfork), Jean (KDOG President), Mike, Sally, Megen, Rick, Jadine, Wendy and Jenny (Kirkland Parks)

More photos coming soon!

We are very much looking forward to future work parties.   With a big volunteer effort, we’ll be able to open the dog park this fall – but we need YOUR help.   The schedule for work parties at the park site is as follows:

September 17, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
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.

While we were limited to a small group for the first work party, we will need an army at each of the September-October work parties and any later work parties that 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, as needed (more details will be sent to those who RSVP for attendance).  At initial work parties, volunteers will be 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 “hog fuel” 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 – North Juanita) and is bounded to the east by a public path (entrance from the road to the southeast).  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 KDOG’s Meetup page athttp://www.meetup.com/offleash-42/ or email workparty@kdog.org