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Dog Park

Overview
The 2018 Parks Strategic Plan identifies the development of an off-leash dog park as a near-term priority project for the Parks and Recreation Department.  
 
After reviewing the City's park properties, a few potential locations for the Dog Park have been identified as options. No one site, however, is a perfect fit. Each property has its own unique limitations and restrictions that, if selected, will have to be addressed.  
 

Phase 1 – Preparation and Collaboration 
In 2015, a study of popular dog parks in the area was conducted by Parks staff. This study was shared with the Park Board and identifies off-leash dog park facts, design features, and support elements which made each dog park successful. The 2015 study can be found here.

Phase 1 featured a large community engagement element to gather feedback on eight initially considered sites and to identify the preferred options for locating a dog park within our existing city park system. Participants in this phase were asked to provide feedback on their preferred site characteristics for a dog park, as well as give feedback on eight potential locations within the city park system. During Phase 1 a public meeting (approximately 50 attendees) and an online survey (392 responses) were conducted. Feedback from the Phase 1 can be found here: 

Your input within the Phase 1 engagement process has been very informative. One site, Tibbetts Valley Park, received clear and strong support. Other sites were supported as well, but in a more mixed manner.  Additionally, other sites within the Issaquah park system were suggested and deserve consideration. As this next phase of engagement kicks-off, staff is preparing a matrix that will help analyze and evaluate the survey feedback and other priority site conditions against criteria that residents identified in the survey as important in locating an Issaquah dog park(s).
      
Phase 2 – Site Selection, Elements, and Concepts 
Phase 2 will be to determine a preferred location or locations for Issaquah’s dog park, as well as determine the key elements that the community would like to see within the dog park. Please come join us at a public meeting and workshop:

Wednesday November 28th, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 pm
City Hall - Eagle Room
130 East Sunset Way   

At this meeting, staff will present survey feedback and further explore the one or multiple dog park option(s). Additionally, site conditions and considerations gathered through continued collaboration with other city departments will also be discussed. Participants at the meeting will then help to identify preferred location(s) and how key dog park amenities could be designed within these specific sites. 

Another goal of Phase 2 will be to foster the creation of a “Friends” group for the future dog park.  It is our hope that this group will be a partner with us in the completion and ongoing stewardship of our future off-leash dog park. There has already been a strong level of interest by many residents for formation of this type of group. If you would like to be added to our dog park communication list, please email Jennifer Fink.

Schedule 
It is anticipated that final recommendations on site location will be made in early 2019.  The dog park project will also be discussed at the December and January Park Board meetings. Once we have a recommended dog park site, we will continue with site design (which will include further public engagement), and begin working with the Development Services Department on the permitting process with the goal of constructing a dog park in 2019.


Issaquah Contacts
Jennifer Fink
Park Planner
425-837-3322