from “West Seattle 101” by Lori Hinton
Walk up over the grassy hill and youâ€™ll witness a panoramic view of the city skyline. Take a few steps further and youâ€™ll see unusual movements between the trees and above the low-lying brush. Theyâ€™re tails â€” tons of themâ€”wagging with pure joy. And they belong to local pups who have found a place to call their own: Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area.
Featuring a doggie drinking fountain, more than four acres of grass, open spaces and paths for the pooches, plus benches, chairs, sheltered shade, and restrooms for the owners, this dog park is a place where dogs are free to run, roll over, and make new friends.
On any given day, youâ€™re bound to bump into everything from a bunch of baying basset hounds and speedy little Jack Russells to happy-go- lucky Labs and mutts a-plenty.
Corey, a lucky yellow Lab, comes to Westcrest two or three times per week. â€œHeâ€™s a perpetual-motion machine,â€ smiles owner Barbara Brown of Morgan Junction. â€œIf he knows heâ€™s going to the dog park he starts levitating â€” bouncing up and down!â€
So does Coreyâ€™s behavior mean that WestCrest is a good dog park? According to him, yes. And owners seem to enjoy it, too. â€œThere is room to move here,â€ says Brown. â€œItâ€™s big, and the dogs arenâ€™t piled up on top of each other like they are at other dog parks.â€
But off-leash areas arenâ€™t just a bonus for the dogs and owners. They are also great for folks who arenâ€™t big fans of the four-legged ones. â€œIt keeps dogs in an enclosed area so they can enjoy themselves without bothering kids and people who donâ€™t want to be close to them,â€ Brown explains.
So whether you have two legs or four, come see whatâ€™s making tails wag at Westcrest.
Note to Dogs (please have owners read):
â€¢ To come and play in off-leash areas, you need to be licensed and vaccinated.
â€¢ If you wear a pinch or choke collar, ask your owner to remove it when you come into off-leash areas.
â€¢ If youâ€™re a puppy younger than four months or a female in heat, you are not allowed in off-leash areas.
Note to Dog Owners:
â€¢ You are liable for damage or injury inflicted by your dog and must be in control of your dog(s) at all times. Unattended dogs are not allowed.
â€¢ You must muzzle dogs that exhibit dangerous or aggressive behavior; biting, fighting, and excessive barking are not allowed.
â€¢ You must leash your dog when it is outside the off-leash area; you must carry a leash for each dog while you are inside the off-leash area.
â€¢ You must clean up after your dog(s) and deposit waste in the containers at the site, and you must visibly carry scoop equipment.
â€¢ You must closely supervise young children and only bring food into off- leash areas at your own risk.
Follow these simple and reasonable rules, and thereâ€™s no end to the fun your furry friends can have.
What: Off-leash area
Where: Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave SW (map)