Another dog park for West Seattle? Here’s who’s actually working on it

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The two dogs who share Rachael Morris‘s life, Duggie and Tilly, aren’t into dog parks.

However, Morris is working to get West Seattle a second one for the thousands of peninsula dogs who are.

Right now, the only official off-leash area in West Seattle is at Westcrest Park [map]. Dog owners have long complained that another one is needed, not just for space but for geography, since Westcrest is toward the southeast edge of West Seattle. Now, an organized effort is under way toward making it happen.

Morris leads what’s become the West Seattle Dog Park Coalition (WSDPC). She tells WSB the effort began last spring but really picked up steam when the citywide Citizens for Off-Leash Areas helped connect her with other West Seattleites pursuing the idea. So now they’re working with both COLA and Seattle Parks and Recreation. WSDPC has even come up with a list of five potential sites that it’s submitting to the city for review.

Without much official dog-park space, she says, people are using various spaces as unofficial dog parks, and that creates a “public-safety issue” for both dogs and people. So WSDPC is seeking to be part of the solution rather than perpetuating the problem. The lack of an off-leash area in north West Seattle was even officially recognized almost six years ago, in a city report on the state and future of dog parks citywide (here’s our 2016 report).

There’ll be a lot of hurdles to clear, Morris says – just to get sites reviewed could take a year, and Morris says they are well aware they’ll face opposition from people no matter which site (if any) is identified as feasible, so that’s why they’re going public now, to marshal support from dog owners who like the idea. WSDPC members extensively reviewed possible sites all around the peninsula and are submitting five for potential consideration: Areas at the West Seattle Golf Course (a corner currently primarily used for “seed deliveries,” Morris says), Hamilton Viewpoint, Lincoln Park, Duwamish Head (the inland open space), and Jack Block Park (which is owned by the Port of Seattle rather than the city). The latter site could even include some of the shoreline, which Morris says is appealing because the city only has two offleash beaches.

There’s a long list of criteria that ruled out the many other sites they reviewed. And Morris says the process from here is extensive – if the city does give them a green light to pursue a certain site, much public outreach and comment would follow. (The full city process is explained here.) She stresses that her group “wants to go through all the channels” to try to reach the goal, and they’re going public now at a very early stage. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can email The group doesn’t have a website yet but is on major social-media channels.

80 Replies to "Another dog park for West Seattle? Here's who's actually working on it"

  • Adam February 9, 2022 (11:39 am)

    Jack Block and the off leash beach is an awesome idea. Also would help keep dogs (including mine) off the rest of the nearby beaches.

    • Rocket February 9, 2022 (9:17 pm)

      How about you keep your dog off the beaches now?  If you are already so selfish that you Misuse our common spaces based on your personal whims you are filling yourself into thinking that one more space to your liking will end your antisocial behavior. 

  • CarDriver February 9, 2022 (12:13 pm)

    Alki beach is already being used as an off-leash dog park. City does NO enforcement (was limited at best pre pandemic) Seriously doubt making another “legal” one will deter dog owners from ignoring the law. 

    • SG February 9, 2022 (12:48 pm)

      ↑ Probably a cat person 

      • leash February 9, 2022 (9:02 pm)

        Probably not a cat person, just someone sick of people openly breaking the rules about off leash dogs. I’ve been lunged at by unruly dogs and my child almost bit. I love dogs, but if your unleashed one so much as lunges or snaps at my child, I will kick your dog in the head. So leash your dog for it’s own protection.

    • newnative February 9, 2022 (1:27 pm)

      I think the beaches will always attract those that think they’re dogs are okay. However, off-leash parks could at least help alleviate the overflow into other parks. Hiawatha is full of people letting their dogs roam unleashed and all of the school yards serve as off-leash parks. I am not a dog-owner but I am a dog-lover. 

  • SG February 9, 2022 (12:47 pm)

    Fully support 100% and will do what I can to help! I stopped going to Westcrest because I prefer my car windows intact and my stuff not stolen. 

  • mnw February 9, 2022 (1:01 pm)

    This sounds promising. Just yesterday, my pup and I had an unpleasant encounter with 4 off leash dogs at Lincoln Park. 

  • Jort February 9, 2022 (1:17 pm)

    Will there be mitigations for the super-colossal, elephantine amounts of fecal material and urine spoliation that are inherent to large concentrations of dogs?

  • anonyme February 9, 2022 (1:59 pm)

    There is no correlation between scofflaw off-leash behavior and dog parks.  But if proponents of another dog park want to keep spouting that excuse as the necessity for another dog park, then part of the package should be strict enforcement and big fines for those who don’t comply.  Then we’ll hear “but it’s not right across the street from me” or “it’s a few blocks away so why can’t I just let my dog off-leash until we get there?”.  The excuses are endless for those who think laws don’t apply to them.  Car Driver makes a good point: what does the pandemic have to do with enforcing leash laws in parks?  It seems like the city has found a handy scapegoat for doing even less of what they did little of pre-pandemic.

    • Occam’s Razor February 10, 2022 (12:21 am)

      If you want laws to be enforced, then you need staff in law enforcement to do it…

  • wsgal February 9, 2022 (1:59 pm)

    I wish there was enforcement on Alki and in Lincoln Park for off-leash dog owners. People will just keep doing it. I recently witnessed a violent dog attack on alki (unleashed dog attacked leashed dog) and have personally experienced unleashed dog violence. The trauma and horrendous, potentially deadly violence is not worth it. Leash your dog or take them to a dog park. Hopefully an added dog park could help owners who don’t seem to understand the risk.

    • Occam’s Razor February 10, 2022 (12:26 am)

      More enforcement = more people doing the law enforcement. Can’t cut staff and funding and expect low level citations to still be enforced.

      • Rocket February 10, 2022 (1:33 am)

        Can you cite where staff and funding was cut, short of adjustments based on voluntary officer resignations.   The issues with staffing in the department seem due to officer resignations apparently most commonly due to the officers not feeling appreciated enough by the city and the citizens for their work (weird prerequisite to go to work if you ask me, I personally take my recognition as my paycheck).

      • Lagartija Nick February 10, 2022 (1:36 pm)

        @Occam, exactly when did the city council defund Animal Control? You know, the people actually responsible for enforcement off leash dogs. And even if armed SPD officers were tasked with off leash dog enforcement I would suggest that is an egregious waste of tax dollars and absolutely should be defunded. 

  • Azimuth February 9, 2022 (2:14 pm)

    If “we” are going to pump out denser housing then shared amenities like off leash parks, among many other ideas, are more important than ever!

    • S February 9, 2022 (9:25 pm)

      Exactly! If “we” want to do away with single family zoning and the yard space that comes  with it, then we will need more than a few off leash parks for dogs.

      • Dogman February 10, 2022 (5:58 am)

        Residential zoning and density are a ‘red herring’ excuse for bad behavior of dog owners and more dog parks. Entitled dog scofflaws are an embarrasing local trait.  Any visit to Manhattan confirms this.

  • doggymom February 9, 2022 (3:28 pm)

    This is awesome, I don’t care where it is – we are there. Lincoln park does seem to have a LOT of space it could forfeit the greater good, like the playground that got dismantled and never replaced. Or perhaps, Jack Block since its a mellow side of the bay – although, most beached dog parks are in Lakes, which are much warmer – and not sea water. I think for the size of the area, and how many dogs live here – it’s an awesome idea and to the POO POOERS (there’s always a few) this would absolutely alleviate people from trying to find alternative spots for their dogs to run off leash. 

    • zark00 February 9, 2022 (4:52 pm)

      Unfortunately a new dog park will do nothing to deter all the dog owners abusing our local parks.  Highland Park is less than a 1/2 mile, a 5-10 min walk tops, from Westcrest – people constantly have off leash dogs illegally at Highland while Westcrest is empty. You’re wrong.
      The problem is the dog owners in Seattle. They don’t care about anyone but themselves; including their own dogs safety. They are quite simply – terrible pet owners. When you let your dog go off leash at a park like Lincoln you’re putting your pet at risk, you’re endangering children, you’re destroying the park, and you are being a terrible neighbor – you deserve a hefty fine and should lose your pet- someone else can take better care of it. If your off leash dog runs at someone’s kid you should never see it again. To the many many people who use the Fairmount playfield daily as your own personal off-leash dog park – your neighbors hate you. Fairmount Elementary hates you. West Seattle youth Soccer hates you. We all want you gone forever. You are extremely unwelcome.

      • zipda February 9, 2022 (6:29 pm)

        Tell us how you really feel please.

      • Houston February 9, 2022 (6:40 pm)

        Westcrest is closed right now. At least if there was an alternative, you could suggest any irresponsible owners use it rather than endanger all parties involved.

      • Alf February 9, 2022 (8:03 pm)

        Wow, pent up anger, I’m really sorry you hate so many people, might consider you are making a huge generalization.Dogs love pretty much unconditionally, perhaps visit the shlelter to adopt one 

        • Rocket February 9, 2022 (9:20 pm)

          Do your dog and your neighbors a favor and treat them with respect and follow the rules. The same people who disregard leash and space rules for their dogs are the same people complaining about open air drug use and visible homelessness without irony. 

          • Jort February 10, 2022 (2:07 pm)

            Oh, no, maybe you didn’t know … it’s ok if they do it, because they’re special.

      • LL February 10, 2022 (8:40 pm)

        153,000 dogs to 107,178 kids in Seattle, 14 dog parks vs 400 plus parks for kids in Seattle. Definitely overdo for more legal off leash areas.

        • SlimJim February 11, 2022 (9:14 am)

          Parks are not just for the children of Seattle. You may want to redo your math to include the taxpayers of Seattle.

      • Manderley February 15, 2022 (7:50 am)

        To reiterate how selfish dog owners are, this was spotted today next to New Luck Toy.

        • johnny February 19, 2022 (5:42 am)

          Those are just leftovers, silly!!

  • KT February 9, 2022 (4:22 pm)

    I have personally been verbally abused multiple times over the past few years by people with dogs off leash at Lincoln Park when I ask them to restrain their dogs while we walk by with our leashed now elderly dog.Sadly, I have stopped going to Lincoln Park because of their selfishness.

  • PLS February 9, 2022 (4:44 pm)

    If this gets the dogs off the beach I’m all for it. I’m SICK of seeing them there, completely against multiple laws. To point: We were jumped on this afternoon by an off leash, soaking wet golden retriever running free with his giant stick. It was frightening, shocking, and ruined our peaceful walk. The woman owner cared NOTHING for us or how her dog nearly knocked my wife down. I was so furious at her I’d love to have lit into her but instead chose to continue walking east to ease our anger. Please follow the laws and keep dogs OFF Alki and ON leash.

    • LeashYourDog February 9, 2022 (8:54 pm)

      Should have lit into her. What an idiot. Equally sick of people letting their dogs roam free.

  • George February 9, 2022 (4:45 pm)

    Not Lincoln Park. I’m a dog owner and walker but there have to be places of beauty and solitude in the city, otherwise we’ll all end up even crazier than we are now. Also Westcrest is easily accessible to people in south West Seattle. A north end park makes more sense. Jack Block park seems like a promising idea.

    • Terremoto February 9, 2022 (8:21 pm)

      Agree.  Lincoln Park keeps getting more popular and is essentially “full” with summer visitors.  It is a beautiful place for a quiet walk with your dog, stroller, friends.  I am a dog lover and owner who has also faced several off-leash dogs and rude owners at Lincoln.  I think adding an off-leash area would destroy the quiet of this unique city park. Dogs are not excluded, you’re just asked to leash up. Not a hardship.  With regard to Jack Block, is that not a SuperFund waterway? That would not be my first choice.

    • Kadoo February 9, 2022 (10:16 pm)

      I couldn’t agree more. Not Lincoln Park.

  • Erin98126 February 9, 2022 (5:02 pm)

    Yes! Glad to hear this! For all you haters out there, why is it okay to have dozens of parks that never get used? But the thousands of dog owners ask for ONE park that they can enjoy with their dog and you get all up in arms. Quit complaining about the small percentage of dog owners who don’t pick up their dog poo and focus on the issue we’re talking about specifically here. There are more dogs in Seattle than children. Let’s provide some public spaces for these well-loved members of our families.

  • Lisa February 9, 2022 (5:07 pm)

    I’m excited to see another dog park. When I moved to West Seattle I was shocked that there wasn’t a closer dog park. 

  • Meeeee February 9, 2022 (5:12 pm)

    Dog Parks exist for the humans, not the dogs.  Off leash dog parks aren’t how dogs naturally socialize, nor do they give your dog the enrichment they need.My dogs don’t ever go to dog parks or run off leash.

    • Houston February 9, 2022 (6:41 pm)

      This article is specifically
      about a person whose dogs are also not into dog parks. However, she has some
      empathy for dogs and dog owners who like to socialize and don’t want to be a
      nuisance to the community at-large.

      No one is suggesting that dogs
      be socialized (per the NYT, “the process of exposing young puppies under
      20 weeks to new experiences.”) at off leash areas. Nor is anyone
      suggesting that OLAs address the need for dogs to be exercised mentally and

      Lastly, the NYT article was written by someone who trains dogs to do tricks. Think about that.

      There is a study out of ODU outlining the implications of dog parks that’s worth reading:

    • dd February 9, 2022 (8:07 pm)

      Hogwash.  Dog parks are a fantastic way to socialize your dog, mine has been going since she was 12 weeks old.  Luther Burbank is awesome btw!  Some owners are just not capable of seeing their aggressive dog’s behavior for what it really is.  

    • KBear February 9, 2022 (8:15 pm)

      Meeeee, do tell me how domesticated dogs “naturally” socialize. Without linking to an article behind a paywall. 

    • momosmom February 10, 2022 (7:59 am)

      Meeeee, yes would had liked to read article but all it wanted 1st was for me to subscribe to the NY Times.

    • Ron Swanson February 10, 2022 (8:56 am)

      LOL, you should tell my dog he likes the wrong things and the dog park is actually bad.  He’ll be devastated.

  • Galmegi February 9, 2022 (5:32 pm)

    Empty parking lots at Westwood would be a good spot.  Cover the pavement with some dirt and use it until someone leases the buildings.

  • KB February 9, 2022 (6:58 pm)

    I think Jack Block is a great idea. However, I do not support allowing dogs on the shoreline and would prefer that section be fenced off.  The reason dogs aren’t allowed on marine beaches is to protect the  wildlife.  That area has a lot of seals, and we’ll only see more strandings and seals attacked by dogs if the shoreline is fair game to offleash dogs. Lincoln Park seems like an outlier candidate given that it is on the southwest edge of West Seattle so no closer than Westcrest for those in the Admiral area, etc.

    • Cannonball Two February 11, 2022 (10:14 am)

      What the owners of off-leash dogs on beaches seem ignorant of is the danger wildlife poses to their dogs.  Hauled-out seals are relatively defenseless, but are also riddled with parasites that are happy to jump to a passing dog (e.g. lungworms, herpes viruses, etc.) against which dogs are not typically vaccinated.

  • Florence February 9, 2022 (7:14 pm)

    Supposed to be all dogs going to the park should be leased

  • K February 9, 2022 (7:54 pm)

    Hamilton Park is already ruined by rows of drivers sitting in idling cars, running AC, playing music, smoking weed, and swiping away on their cellphones while they ignore the view. What’s a couple barking, pooping, peeing dogs and their accompanying owners (plus all their cars) to anyone? And dogs should not get and don’t need beaches–period.

  • Bruce February 9, 2022 (8:23 pm)

    There already is a second dog park – just go to Hiawatha on any afternoon/evening and you’ll see plenty of dogs on and off leash in all areas of the park. Or, make your own! There’s a guy who lives near Admiral who makes his own personal dog park at night at Lafayette Playground by locking the gates with his own locks!

    • Rocket February 9, 2022 (9:21 pm)

      This is beyond shameful. 

  • LeashYourDog February 9, 2022 (8:57 pm)

    Reporting this to Lafayette. They should lock up their playground at night.

  • Kathy February 9, 2022 (10:11 pm)

    No off leash beach, protect the pigeon guillemottes, brant geese (etc) from off leash dogs. If another off leash area is considered necessary, make it on pavement so it is easier to keep clean and disease free. Dogs tear up dirt surfaces raising dust in the summer and mud puddles in the winter creating a maintenance nightmare. We could all spend tax dollars on building this, or people who want to socialize their dogs could just pay for obedience school.

  • Kersti Muul February 10, 2022 (7:03 am)

    Jack block Park beach will never be used as an off leash area. It is important habitat for pinnipeds and birds. Besides beaches are no place for off leash dogs. A colleague and I have been working with the new shelter director at SAS and new enforcement, education and the likes are in the works. Stay tuned!

  • Enviro Pro February 10, 2022 (8:16 am)

    This thread makes me so sad. We all know that the abuse of open space for off-leash dog use is a problem and here is someone that is trying to provide solutions and receiving mostly hateful and angry feedback. This problem is not going to go away so we should be working  together to solve the issue. Bashing dog owners is not helpful. I fully support more designated off-leash space in West Seattle – especially in areas that are currently underutilized. In addition to providing space for off-leash dog exercise, developing those areas and encouraging public use for recreation can help to reduce illegal or unwanted activities. That sounds like a win-win to me.

    • Cannonball Two February 11, 2022 (10:16 am)

      Rah Rah, Enviro Pro!  Let’s all be part of the solution rather than aggrevating the problem.

    • SV February 27, 2022 (8:05 am)

      Yes agree! We need to find a solution. Thanks for being supportive. 

  • Klk February 10, 2022 (8:16 am)

    Thanks for working on this Rachael!

  • Dog and People Lover February 10, 2022 (8:24 am)

    Toxic creosote makes Jack Block beach a potentially lethal dog park option.  Last time we walked our (leashed) dogs there, everyone came home with paws and shoes reeking of the creosote that washes up all over the beach at Jack Block Park.  Creosote is absorbed through paws and must be immediately removed.  Your vet can advise on best cleaning remedies that include vinegar, Dawn dish soap – and lots of clean water to rinse.  As for the underlying, acrimonious issue, we can all better respect leash laws – and each other – to come up with exercise options for our beloved pups!

  • Al February 10, 2022 (8:45 am)

    Laws in Seattle?  That seems to be a misnomer.  I would much rather see off leash dogs than dilapidated RV’s and tents & garbage and used needles around Alki or anywhere else in WS.    That is where the concentration should be.  Complain about something else besides off leash dogs on Alki beach. 

  • LPM February 10, 2022 (9:49 am)

    If it means less dogs walking around the neighborhood,  I’m all for it.  Stepped in another pile yesterday and it is infuriating.  It’s unfortunate that irresponsible dog owners are giving dogs a bad name.  

  • Sarah Airhart February 10, 2022 (10:25 am)

    Jack Block would be PERFECT! Great parking and hardly used. Two thumbs up for that location!!

  • CarDriver February 10, 2022 (11:41 am)

    Al. You actually care about the law???. Guess you forgot there ARE leash laws. Guess you forgot there ARE laws that say it’s illegal to have dogs on the beach. Why is it important for you, and others to break the law rather than get it changed? It’s a really funny sight watching you point your finger at “law breakers” with your eyes closed so you don’t see fingers pointed at you.

    • Al February 10, 2022 (1:06 pm)

      Cardriver- you don’t know anything about me- so you can take your personal digs and step off! BTW- my eyes are wide open.

  • Pessoa February 10, 2022 (1:56 pm)

    For some perspective, I’ve noticed the same dog owner behavior in return trips to Los Angeles.  Amid the sprawl there is a small, precious wildlife area with pond in the Sepulveda Dam Basin that migrating birds use this time of years (though the area  suffered a grievous burn a few years ago due to a homeless campfire). On any day,  one can see Canadian Geese, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Osprey, Cooper’s Hawk, Box Turtles, Cormorants, Red-tailed Hawk, and any number of other birds.  In previous years,  people were respectful of signs prohibiting dogs, but now no one seems to care, despite a number of dog parks.   I am the first person to give people plenty of leeway especially during the pandemic which has been tough on everyone, and don’t advocate for more enforcement, but this is often the case of one person doing it, and then another thinks its okay…..and so on.  Everyone loves their dog  – I am fond of my dogs, too – but it is a small “ask” to observe leash laws and signs whether here in Seattle or elsewhere.  

  • Vickie February 10, 2022 (6:39 pm)

    Love this effort.  Would like to know how we can help. 

    • WSB February 10, 2022 (7:41 pm)

      It’s at the end of the story. Contact the WSDPC.

  • Scbell February 10, 2022 (8:14 pm)

    The whole point of this is to have off-leash acess in north west Seattle. Lincoln park does not qualify.

  • Doggone It February 11, 2022 (12:03 am)

    Many dogs like to run, fetch, etc. Open fields are great for this. The vast majority of “scofflaw” dog owners who utilize these areas (that they also pay for) are responsible in that they pick up after their dogs and keep them from negatively interacting with others (dogs,  normal humans, and curmudgeons).  Wanting to let your dog run and sniff doesn’t make a person antisocial. Most dogs are happier when they have a period of exercise and agency. And I’m not buying that dogs do a shred more harm to a beach like Lincoln Park or Alki than people do. People disrupt nesting spaces in much greater numbers. So if you care about birds and seals, get the people off the beach.The shrillness of these comments makes it hard to take many of you seriously. Of course another dog park is needed. Thanks are due to the people who are working on it. 

    • anonyme February 11, 2022 (6:33 am)

      Wanting to let your dog run and sniff does not make one anti-social.  Doing so illegally DOES.  As someone who has personally witnessed the killing of a young cormorant by an off-leash dog at Lincoln Park, I can testify that dogs on beaches that harbor wildlife is not a good idea.  I do agree with you on one thing: humans are the problem.

    • FRANK February 11, 2022 (8:32 am)

      I’ll make this tremendously simple for you. The law is the law. You might not agree with it, but it is the law. Having your dog on the beach, or off leash at a park is simply breaking the law. As a law abiding citizen, I don’t break the law, and I get pretty annoyed at people who do. Don’t like that? Lobby hard to change the law. If you can’t understand how a dogs urine / feces on a beach can disrupt and adversely change the marine ecosystem, I would also encourage you to do some actual research as to why dogs are not allowed on highly trafficked public beaches before you come to your conclusion, and how incredibly toxic a dogs urine and feces is on the fragile ecosystem of our beaches.  

      • Doggone It February 13, 2022 (6:19 am)

        @frank @anonyme thanks for keeping it simple. Question for you (many of you, actually):  have you ever driven faster than the posted speed limit or crossed the street mid-block?  Because if you have, then you’ve broken the law. Does that make you anti-social?  Probably not. So while you have a point that dogs off leash and walking on the beach is against the law, you may want to rethink your position. People follow laws for either/both of two reasons. 1) they think it’s in their best interest to do so, and 2) they think they will get caught if they do break the law. My guess is, as a human, you do this too. Not trying to be argumentative, but this is universally true.  Systems control behaviors better than laws.  It’s largely a supply/demand imbalance issue.  Please share your studies showing how dog waste is negatively impacting the beach.  I’m always happy to take in new, credible information. If you’re going to cite these studies in your posts, you should keep the URLs handy so you can just copy/paste.

        • Jort February 15, 2022 (9:04 pm)

          No actually it does make you anti-social when you break the speed limit. Just because everyone does it does not make it legal or right. You can change the law, or you can follow it, otherwise you are a criminal engaging in criminal, illegal behavior. 

  • IceT February 11, 2022 (4:56 pm)

    I was bit by an off leash dog on Alki last spring. Since then, 3 other off leash dogs have lunged at me growling. I believe these animals are not being given the exercise they require or the socialization they crave due to city living and owners who have put zero effort into training these magnificent beasts. It’s animal cruelty and borderline abuse. If a dog ever bites me again, it won’t be the dog that gets a wrap on the snout.  

  • Morgan February 11, 2022 (8:45 pm)

    Nutrients from dog waste are overfertilizing the soil across natural areas close to urban centers.…lots of science studies on this. Dog owners should consider.

    • Houston February 11, 2022 (11:25 pm)

      Please cite said studies. Thank you.

  • anonyme February 12, 2022 (6:59 am)

    Once upon a time dog ownership prompted some forethought as to whether or not the prospective dog owner had the right living conditions and lifestyle to actually provide a good life for the dog.  A yard was usually a pre-requisite, someone home a good part of the day was another, as was breed consideration.  Now those things are rarely considered; it’s all me, me, me, and the poor dog is a mere accessory.  People living in apartments with full-time jobs get dogs (often pricy, status breeds) and then expect the rest of the world to change to accommodate their needs.  Many breeds do not belong in apartments, period.  Occasional visits to a dog park do not = a good life for the dog.  Dog parks seem to have less to do with dogs, and more to do with posing owners on cell phones.   And dogs in dog parks are just as likely to be embroiled in a dog fight as they are to get more exercise.  My points are these: One, don’t get a dog you can’t take proper care of.  Two, a dog park is not a substitute for walking your dog.  Three, a dog park will not solve the problem of off-leash behavior as it was never about the poor dog in the first place.

    • Manderley February 15, 2022 (8:19 pm)


  • VN February 15, 2022 (11:35 am)

    Houston – here is one study “link” you asked for:  Dog Waste Dilemma – examining the problem and determining the solution – Municipal WorldDue to dogs’ stomach enzymes and diets, their waste is different from that of wild animals, containing incredibly high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus. This waste is also packed with very high levels of bacteria (such as E. coli, viruses, and parasites) that linger in the soil for years. As a result, dog waste pollutes watersheds, poses health risks to humans, spreads diseases and parasites to other dogs, and presents several other problems for municipalities. 

  • Leash your kids February 22, 2022 (4:48 pm)

    Such vitriol, you would think the topic was West Seattle high schoolers raping their classmates rather than off leash dogs.

  • SV February 27, 2022 (8:09 am)

    Thank you to the West Seattle Dog Coalition for advocating for new space. We desperately need dog parks in West Seattle. Dogs need a place to run off leash and play with others. I am sorry for the hateful comments. 

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