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Dog Park

Overview
In 2019, the City of Issaquah is building an off-leash dog park at Tibbetts Valley Park!

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

Engagement
Initial engagement was conducted in 2018 in the form of public meetings and online surveys. These outreach efforts led to the selection of Tibbetts Valley Park as the site for development.

Two “Walk and Talks” were hosted at the Tibbetts Valley Park site in January of 2019. These “Walk and Talks” provided an opportunity for dogs and their owners to explore the proposed dog park site and ask questions of City staff. 

Further engagement will be conducted with the proposed designs for the park in the summer of 2019.


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.

Site Selection
On Nov. 28, 2018 City staff hosted a workshop where after a review of all engagement 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.

Design
We will continue with site design concepts (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.

Timeline
  • 2015
    • A study of popular dog parks in the area was conducted by Parks staff. 
  • 2018
    • A site selection search was done through extensive public engagement in the form of public meetings and surveys.
  • Winter 2019
    • Tibbetts Valley Park was chosen as the most feasible site. The Development Services Department also began initial coordination of the site.
  • Spring 2019
    • Site evaluation was done on existing conditions and tree assessments. The Park board was given an update in May.
  • Summer 2019
    • Concepts designs will be finalized and presented to the public through another round of public engagement. A Park Board recommendation to proceed will be completed by September.
  • Fall 2019
    • Permitting, site preparation and construction are all anticipated to begin in October.


Issaquah Contacts
Jennifer Fink
Park Planner
425-837-3322