City of Olympia's Sunrise Park Off-Leash Dog Area (OLDA) and
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>> Great reference! Know how to have a safe and fun visit at the dog park. 1) Read and follow the rules for each dog park. Rules vary from dog park to dog park, depending on their needs. Rules are posted near the entrance. 2) View this Etiquette Video. 3) Review the references in the Links page of this website. 4) Use a guide such as the book Visiting the Dog Park by Cheryl S Smith, Dogwise Publishing. >> Borrow the book from the library or buy the book from our sponsor Orca Books ($12 plus tax). You can also buy the book for $10 directly from us at one of our "booth events".
South Puget Sound's off-leash dog areas:
Our dog parks in Olympia and Thurston County are fully fenced and feature small- and large-dog areas, rules, signage, waste stations, water fountains for people and dogs, double-gate entry systems, information kiosks, seating as well as wheelchair (ADA) accessible restrooms, pathways, and parking.
Sunrise Park Off-Leash Dog Area (dog park) opened on October 15, 2010. This one-acre dog park is located at Sunrise Park in West Olympia. The address is 505 Bing St NW, Olympia, WA 98502.
Email contact to advocate for dog parks: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LATEST, GREATEST. Dog park to close in May. Mainly because of too much popularity and the resulting impacts, the city has greatly reduced the hours and days of operation and is closing the Sunrise dog park in May 2013. For more information, visit the city web page Dog Park News or contact email@example.com. The city is working on replacement dog parks, but they will probably not be open when Sunrise is closed. Please follow the rules posted throughout the dog park for users and neighbors to have good dog park experiences.
Hawks Prairie Off-Leash Dog Area (dog park) opened on October 29, 2010. This five-acre dog park is located at the closed Hawks Prairie landfill, now called the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center. The address is 2418 Hogum Bay Rd NE, Lacey, WA 98516.
THE LATEST, GREATEST. ~ Thanks to Thurston County for the landscape improvements in the large dog area. ~ The county continues to make turf and other improvements. Please keep your dog out of any roped off areas. ~ Please follow the rules posted throughout the dog park. ~ Tell us about your Hawks Prairie dog park experience with our informal Feedback Survey.
Buy-A-Brick. Over four thousand customized, engraved bricks can be installed in the "giant dog bone" entrance to the dog park. The bricks are a fundraiser for current and future Thurston County dog parks. View or download a brochure that includes brick ordering information. Or stop by Animal Services to order a brick.
Closed Loop Park. Next to the dog park is Closed Loop Park - a beautiful garden developed by WSU Cooperative Extension's Thurston County Master Gardeners and Master Recycler Composter programs. Their sedum collection was featured in the September 2010 issue of the Martha Stewart Living magazine. Dogs aren't allowed in the garden, but people are encouraged to visit the garden without their dog and help with gardening activities.
Speak up if you want a dog park in Lacey. Several potential dog parks sites have been identified. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. The Lacey Parks Plan includes dog parks as a need. Several potential sites have been identified.
Speak up if you want a dog park in Tumwater. Volunteers are needed to advocate for dog parks. Email email@example.com if can help. The Tumwater Parks Plan includes dog parks as a need. One potential dog park site is 423 Capital Blvd, five acres on a ten-acre park site located under the BPA power lines across from Eagan's restaurant. Another potential site is on Port of Olympia property, south of the airport at Tilley Rd and 93rd Ave.
In addition to Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County, the Port of Olympia, Washington State Parks, towns, tribes, school districts, and other state and federal agencies in the public sector have great potential for dog parks. For example, in 2005 the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) was changed to allow off-leash dogs in designated areas of state parks. After policies and procedures are in place (volunteers are needed), dog parks can potentially open in state parks.
Private dog parks have special access requirements. Joint Base Lewis McChord opened a private dog park for military personnel in 2009. Panorama City opened their dog park in 2009. Carlyon Beach Homeowners Association opened their dog park in July 2011 - check out the photos :-) Others are exploring private dog parks. Sound Hounds can provide consultation, support, and technical assistance. Let us know how we can help.
Each jurisdiction should have a variety of public off-leash dog areas (dog parks) for their residents and visitors, especially as regions become more urbanized. Over half the general population owns dogs, and many prefer to recreate and travel with their canine family members in dog-friendly or leash-free places. Dog parks are typically THE most used park amenity in any park system.
Right fit for dogs/people. Not all people and their dogs are the right fit for every dog park. Dog owners need to review the specific dog park rules, size, and layout to know if the dog park is a good fit for them and their dog. Responsible pet ownership is a requirement for all dog parks.
Regional planning. By working together at the regional level, we can create a variety of great dog parks in each jurisdiction to directly benefit dog park users and indirectly improve the quality of life for everyone in our South Puget Sound region.
Right scale for neighborhood/region. Creating a dog park that is the right scale for the neighborhood and region is a challenge, especially when dog park supply is low, user demand is high, and existing parks are underutilized or undeveloped, serving more like green belts than parks. In general, when park usage increases toward the scale of the park, neighbors need to make adjustments. When park use increases beyond the scale of the park (too popular), jurisdictions need to make adjustments.
Essential infrastructure. Dog parks are not an option; they are a need. Over half of all households are dog owners (all ages and walks of life; more households have dogs than children). Dog owners vote and pay taxes for parks and recreation. Many don't use existing park amenities unless they are "led" by their dog to leash-free areas. We need and want safe and secure places in our neighborhoods and communities to exercise and socialize with our dogs. Our dogs help us lead healthier, happier lifestyles.
Take action at the local level. Contact your elected leaders in the jurisdictions where you live, work, shop, and vote and advocate for dog parks:
1) Thank and recognize Olympia and Thurston County leaders for the first off-leash dog areas (dog parks) in the region.
2) Encourage Lacey and Tumwater leaders to build their first dog parks.
3) Encourage jurisdictions to work with Sound Hounds to designate dog park sites early in development and raise funds to develop them.
4) Attend a public meeting, alone or with one or more friends, and give a short public comment with the same message.
Take action at the neighborhood level.
1) Talk with your neighbors about dog parks and their benefits.
2) Attend a Homeowner or Neighborhood Association meeting and discuss dog parks.
3) Invite Sound Hounds to a meeting to learn more about dog parks.
4) Conduct a neighborhood park assessment to identify any potential dog park sites in underutilized sections of the park, working with Sound Hounds and your city and/or county.
5) Send us news and information, links, photos, videos, etc and we'll post it on this website :-)
Plastic Poo Bags
>> Donate bags. Donate used small plastic bags in clean condition - newspaper bags, produce bags, not shopping bags - to restock the bag stations located in most parks, including the dog parks. Several options: 1) Bring your "bag o' bags" to the dog park or any park with a bag station and restock them yourself (preferred option). 2) Leave them next to the dog park shed or bag station for someone else to restock. 3) Drop them off at Animal Services.
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Interested in helping maintain your favorite dog park or getting involved in dog park advocacy? To help in/around the Sunrise Park Off-Leash Dog Area, contact Sylvana Niehuser, 360-753-8365 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To help/around the Hawks Prairie Off-Leash Dog Area, contact Jo Evans, 360-867-2491 or email@example.com. To help with advocacy, education, outreach, and stewardship, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of our needs include:
* maintain and monitor the dog parks
* help at work parties
* communications/information assistance
* outreach events
* advocate at meetings that affect dog park development, make public comments, presentations, mail, email, calls, etc.
* build and maintain relationships with partners and sponsors
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Sound Hounds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization through our fiscal agent the PARC Foundation. Donations support existing and future dog parks.
We gladly accept tax-deductible donations online through our fiscal agent, the PARC Foundation. Or you can download our Donation Form and mail your donation (send cash or a check payable to PARC Foundation - Sound Hounds to 2414 Buker St SE, Olympia, WA 98501).
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