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City sits up for regional dog park

By ERICA HALL

Staff writer

An off-leash dog park in south King County is moving closer to reality.

Next Tuesday, the Federal Way City Council will decide whether to allocate $4,163 toward Federal Way’s share of capital improvements to Grandview Park, which King County is in the process of transferring to the city of Seatac and where the south end’s first park for dogs will be located.

Capital improvements include installing signs, fences, a waste dispenser and bags for dogs’ droppings, a control gate and a portable toilet for people. The total anticipated cost of capital outlays is $35,699, officials said.

According to a proposed agreement, the county would be responsible for 50 percent of the costs and each city would pay a 5-cents-per-person share based on the 2000 Census.

In October 2000, the Federal Way Parks Commission held a public meeting to see how many Federal Way residents would be interested in an off-leash dog area. Commission members realized then there was an interest that extended beyond Federal Way, according to city officials. In December that year, they decided to seek a regional off-leash dog park.

Since January 2002, a task force has studied the matter, held open houses for public comment and provided recommendations to respective city councils.

Last December, SODA, a non-profit organization that maintains the off-leash area at Marymoor Park in Redmond, submitted an application to operate the proposed Grandview Park area.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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