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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 
On November 28, 2018 City staff hosted a second workshop. Staff were there to present Phase 1 survey feedback, dog park location options and site condition analysis gathered through continued collaboration with other city departments.

After review of all Phase 1 and site information, the group discussed the results and unanimously supported recommending the Tibbets Valley Park site as the preferred location for construction in 2019. The idea of creating a secondary dog park was also discussed and proposed as a future year expansion project that would get worked into other Park capital improvement planning efforts. A future location has yet to be determined.


The creation of a “Friends” group to partner with the City on ongoing stewardship of our future off-leash dog park was also 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.

Information shared at the meeting can be found here: 

Schedule 

The Park Board will make a formal recommendation on the Tibbetts Valley Park site at the next meeting January 28, 2019.  

For those interested in visiting Tibbetts Valley Park to visit the proposed off-leash dog park site, please join us for a “Walk and Talk” at the Tibbetts Valley Park - 965 12th Ave. NW at the parking lot along 12th Avenue:

  • Wednesday January 16, 2019 from 10 am – 2 pm 
  • Friday January 25, 2019 from 2 pm – 4 pm 

Please feel free to bring your leashed dog(s) to explore the site. Once the dog park site has been recommended, 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