After years of waiting, Kirkland's dog owners now have their first off-leash area, Jasper's Park, thanks to the countless hours of hard work from KDOG, Kirkland's dog off-leash advocacy group. Jasper's Park, located in Totem Lake on an 8+ acre wooded hillside, has both large dog and small dog (under 30 lbs.) areas. Picnic benches are onsite and parking is available on the street. When visiting, please remember not to park in the lots of neighboring businesses.
The land for the park was purchased by the City of Kirkland from Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Schott, long-time Kirkland residents who had owned the land since 1958 and used it as a horse pasture. Schott, who was at the grand opening event on Saturday said he was very pleased with the park and that it looks so great that, "I might even get a dog."
Jasper's Park is a reality because a dedicated group of volunteers under the leadership of Jean Guth would not take no for an answer. The group overcame many obstacles in finding a suitable location for an off-leash dog park, in the midst of and economic downturn which tightened Kirkland's already strained budgetary situation. KDOG gathered support from local businesses and commitments from volunteers and convinced City Hall that the group would be good stewards of the park.
Jasper's Park is located at 11225 NE 120th Street.