WEDNESDAY: City’s dogs-in-parks plan @ Delridge District Council

If you’re interested in the city’s policies regarding off-leash dogs in parks – whether you think current policies are too lenient, too tough, or just right – you’ll be interested in this Wednesday’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting. The agenda includes a discussion of the People, Dogs, and Parks Strategic Plan (previously called the Off-Leash Area Strategic Plan) that’s under development, with a draft plan to go public in early January. Scheduled guests include reps from Seattle Parks and from the Seattle Nature Alliance. The under-development plan was a topic at last week’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting, as reported here. The DNDC meets at 7 pm Wednesday (November 18th) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

P.S. If you can’t be there, the city is also taking comments via this form.

10 Replies to "WEDNESDAY: City's dogs-in-parks plan @ Delridge District Council"

  • Kersti November 17, 2015 (9:31 am)

    This is a faulty plan. Value based, not science based. 50% input came from dog owners, other half was lottery based.

  • wsea98116 November 18, 2015 (11:35 am)

    Here it is- what we’ve all been waiting for! After all the rancorous bickering, and devolving hijacked threads- here is an opportunity to discuss this very issue, with empowered parties, in a way that could actually lead to some form of constructive resolution. Now two days after publishing (wait for it)…… NOT A SINGLE COMMENT?!?!?!
    Disenfranchised and suffering pet owners, yearning for liberty- where are you?!

    OMG- can’t you just cut the irony with a big, stinky knife?
    I need a different hobby..

  • Kate November 18, 2015 (2:21 pm)

    Have you noticed that a lot of the newer housing projects are allowing Dogs? We’re building urban density in West Seattle. We apparently want these folks to take the bus to work because they aren’t building in adequate parking. But somehow in the planning of it nobody thinks hey we might actually need to add a dog park or two to meet the increased demand. Given that the Westcrest dog off-leash area is a very long haul from the urban density core and these apartment dwelling dog owners aren’t supposed to have a car, you’d think there would have been some urban planning on this one.

  • sam-c November 18, 2015 (3:14 pm)


  • AJ November 18, 2015 (8:40 pm)

    You can walk your dog right now, but it must be on a leash. I see so many scofflaws letting their dogs run wild, threatening and killing wildlife and leaving poop everywhere. Just follow the law people. I have two dogs of my own and we manage to get them plenty of exercise on leashes as the law requires. Also, quit using the playground at Gatewood and the Soltice park as de-facto off leash parks.

    • WSB November 18, 2015 (8:44 pm)

      We’re at the meeting that this is about, and it’s a lively discussion to say the least.

  • wsea98116 November 18, 2015 (11:42 pm)

    Do tell, WSB!?

  • wsea98116 November 18, 2015 (11:45 pm)

    Wait! I mean- “Doo” tell, WSB!?

  • people need to get a grip November 20, 2015 (11:05 am)

    I have not been following this issue much at all, but I just logged on to check what WSB has covered and such.

    I had to call the police late yesterday because I was assaulted by a man walking his dog on the road into the north part of Lincoln Park. He was raving that he was sick of people like me telling him what to do. And he was scary. Really scary. I had never seen him before, I had never spoken with him prior to the seconds before he went insane on me. I am not going to publish a description of him and his dog here.

    I wasn’t sure I had been assaulted, but hours later, I called 911 because the adrenaline would not settle. I could not sleep last night. I did not have my cell phone with me when it happened because I have always felt very safe in Lincoln Park. There are oddballs around, from time to time, but THIS was not in the park.

    This guy was unbalanced. When I called 911 a few hours later to determine if what had happened was in fact assault, the operator said it was. She also said that if I had my cell phone the police would have hightailed it to me to protect me.

    So this morning, Friday, I am about to call the CPT officer to try to help get this guy some appropriate mental health counseling.

    He threatened me. He had never seen me. I had never spoken with him. There was no provocation. But he physically and verbally assaulted me as I walked my dog on a leash.

    He did not back off. He was within inches of my face and forced me across the width of the alley.

    I am shaking typing this.

    So, here is my point people.

    Calm the hell down.

  • WsSeaRes98116 November 23, 2015 (11:21 pm)

    Wsea98116 – there are many people that care about this issue. I don’t think judging the number of comments on a third party site is any indication of how much people care for the issue at hand (or lack thereof)

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