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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 
The creation of a “Friends” group to partner with the City on ongoing stewardship of our future off-leash dog park was discussed after strong levels of interest were shown by many residents. If you would like to be added to our dog park communication list, please email Jennifer Fink.  

Survey
We want your input! Please take this survey by Sept. 20 to provide your feedback on potential elements and layouts of a dog park at Tibbetts Valley Park. We’re also gauging volunteer interest to help construct the dog park.  

The feedback received from this survey will inform a preferred design, which will be shared with the community prior to a final decision on construction. 

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
  • Early October: A preferred design is created and presented to the public
  • Late October: Potential Park Board action to proceed
  • Late October: A special meeting for the “Friends” group
  • Fall 2019: Potential permitting, site preparation and construction begin

Issaquah Contacts
Jennifer Fink
Park Planner
425-837-3322