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French Lake Park goes to the dogs

The Mirror

The Federal Way City Council has approved making French Lake Park an off-leash dog park for a year while city parks officials determine whether to make the change permanent.

To celebrate the city’s first officially sanctioned place for dogs to run free, proponents of allowing off-leash uses at the park are planning an ice cream social at 6 p.m. July 14 at the park, with a leash-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the park.

Contests during the celebration will offer prizes for “best behaved dog,” “best doggie costume,” and “dog and owner look-alikes.”

A photo booth will be available, and drawings and prizes will be included for people who don’t own dogs.

For first-time visitors, park proponents ask that dog owners orient their dogs to the park, use plastic bags to clean up after their dogs, immediately stop bothersome dog behavior and be respectful of other park users and park neighbors.

Advocates have lobbied for the off-leash uses of the park because they don’t have yards for their dogs to romp in.

Despite the city’s leash law, French Lake had become an unofficial off-leash location.

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