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Dog Park

Overview
We’re planning to build Issaquah’s first dog park! 

Following an extensive public engagement process, an Issaquah off-leash dog park is identified as a near-term priority project in the City’s 2018 Parks Strategic Plan. 

Site Selection
On Nov. 28, 2018, City staff hosted a workshop where engagement feedback and site information were reviewed. The group discussed the findings and unanimously supported recommending Tibbetts Valley Park site as the preferred location. Prior to moving forward with construction of the Tibbetts Valley Park site as the off-leash facility, feasibility studies and conceptual designs will be explored.  

Community Assistance
In total, $200,000 of City funds is budgeted for this project. In most – if not all – Issaquah park projects, City funds are leveraged with other resources (such as grant funds) to help stretch our local dollars further.  

Similar to many surrounding communities, Issaquah will also be seeking the community’s help in completing this park through volunteer efforts, which will help free up City funds for more elements/amenities. 

Friends Group 
For those wanting to participate the dog park's creation and success, we'd like to invite you to join our "Friends" group. This group will partner with the City during construction and to provide ongoing stewardship of the off-leash dog park.

Learn more by contacting Jennifer Fink.  

Proposed Design
Three concepts for the dog park were shared via an on-line survey for community feedback that directly informed the creation of a “proposed design”.  The proposed design is a blend of both Concept A (which had the least development) with Concept B (that had moderate amount of development and a larger open area) and includes a few feature items.  This proposed design was shared with Park Board at their October 2019 meeting.      

Now we would like to get your feedback on the proposed design and invite you to take this brief survey.

The proposed design will be shared with the community in November for additional feedback prior to a final decision on whether or not to proceed with the construction of the off-leash dog park at Tibbetts Valley Park. 

Timeline
  • 2015: Parks staff conducted a study of popular dog parks in the area
  • 2018: Extensive public engagement, including public meetings and surveys, informed the site selection process
  • January 2019: Two “Walk and Talk” held at Tibbetts Valley Park for dogs and their owners to explore the site
  • Winter 2019: Tibbetts Valley Park was chosen as the most feasible site
  • Spring 2019: A site evaluation was performed on existing conditions and tree assessments
  • May 2019: Park Board received an update on the project
  • Summer 2019: Survey presents conceptual options
  • Oct. 8: Meeting for the "Friends" group
  • October: Park Board reviews proposed design and process to date
  • November: Survey with proposed design
  • November: Park Board action whether or not to proceed with the dog park at the Tibbetts Valley Park site
  • Late Fall/Winter: A special meeting for the “Friends” group
  • Late Fall/Winter: Potential permitting, site preparation and construction begin

Issaquah Contacts
Jennifer Fink
Park Planner & Project Administrator
425-837-3322