Happy first birthday to Jasper’s Dog Park! On January 28th, 2012 Jasper’s Dog Park opened after many years of citizens rallying to get approval to build a dog park. Kirkland’s first dog park was the direct result of a true community effort: Donations from individuals and local companies helped to pay for the expense of the park, including a significant grant from the Petco Foundation for the substantial initial groundcover layer, construction of the park was a combined effort between Kirkland Parks and Community Services, and crews of dedicated volunteers and leaders with the Kirkland Off Leash Dog Group (KDOG) worked doggedly from August to January digging out blackberries and otherwise carving out a new park from the hillside.
The existence of Jasper’s Dog Park owes much to our extraordinary business sponsors: $3,000 and higher Platinum Paw level sponsors Weidner Apartment Homes, The Petco Foundation, Seattle Veterinary Specialists, Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital; Gold Bone $1000 level sponsors Lee Johnson Auto Family, Puppy Manners, Eastside Veterinary Associates, NorthCreek Custom Fencing; Silver Bowl $500 level sponsors Denny’s Pet World, Animal Emergency Services-East, Dogs-a-Jammin’, Pawsome Dog Adventures & Pet Sitting, Matt Opsahl, Redmond-Kirkland Animal Hospital, Dooley’s Dog House, Ford of Kirkland and Hyundai of Kirkland, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, Canine Behavior Center, Mystic Mountain Pet Retreat, Waste Management, Northwest Cellars, Brystal Whippets, Adaptive Animals; and Bronze Biscuit $250 sponsors Pet Vacations, Inc., Seattle DogSpot, Handy Andy the Handyman, and Rusnak Photography.
Was there ever a need for a dog park in our community! During our first year, the park has served over 30,000 visitors based on the outflow of at least twice as many waste bags. And the year has seen another important improvement: in December 2012, a new safer entryway was opened to the public– now visitors take a broad path through park land and over a small bridge to access the park. This new entry was made possible by the generous financial support of Weidner Apartment Homes.
Jasper’s Dog Park is maintained with funding from KDOG, an all-volunteer organization which funds the park operations solely through fundraisers, individual donations and business sponsorships. Volunteers also help with ongoing maintenance operations at the park. Anyone can join KDOG and become a part of the Kirkland off leash community. We can be found on Meetup.com (look under “Kirkland” and “Dog”). Find out how to join, donate or become a business sponsor at KDOG at www.kdog.org.