Kirkland Park Board Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Off-Leash Area for Dogs

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The Kirkland Park Board will hold a public hearing on October 13 regarding a proposal to place a fenced off-leash area for dogs on undeveloped City park property.  The hearing will be held in the Council Chamber at Kirkland City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue, and will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The vacant property is located near the intersection of 113th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 120th Street, just south of the Heronfield Wetlands.  In 2005, the City purchased the 7.5 acre property for park and open space purposes, and up to two acres are under consideration for a fenced, off-leash area.  The Kirkland Dog Off-leash Group (KDOG), a non-profit organization, has proposed to pay for development, maintenance, and operation of the facility. Public comments can be provided prior to the public hearing to Michael Cogle, Park Planning and Development Manager, at (425) 587-3310 or

Information gathered at the hearing will be used by the Park Board to develop its recommendation to the Kirkland City Council.  The City Council is expected to make a final decision by the end of 2010.  If approved, it is anticipated that the off-leash area would be opened sometime in 2011.

More information about the proposal can be found by visiting the City of Kirkland website ( and searching “Park Planning”, or by contacting Michael Cogle, Park Planning and Development Manager, at (425) 587-3310 or

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