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The Kitsap Sun reported¬†on Friday that the Parks Department has picked a 2.5 acre parcel at Strawberry Park for the island’s long-awaited dog park. The subject of dog parks, leashed dogs, park policy and island trails has been debated off and on for years, and heated up over the last year as the Parks Department considered the dog park options.

IMG_4170Although dog owners have supported the idea of a fenced dog park, many have also advocated for the ability to unleash their dogs on some of the Parks trails. The Parks Department maintains more than 1400 acres of developed and undeveloped parkland and 23 miles of trails.

People have suggested that communities like Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. have designated off-leash trails as well as dog parks. A so-called “shared use” was proposed, where a few of the island’s many trails would be available for off-leash recreation during well-publicized, limited times. That way people who want to walk without encountering an unleashed dog could avoid the trail at the off-leash time.

Parks Commissioner Kirk Robinson told the Sun that he wouldn’t be interested in looking at the shared use option until there is compliance with current Parks policy, which requires dogs on Parks property to be leashed at all times. Given the island’s history of lack of compliance with leash policy on Parks trails, his comment seems to rule out a shared use option altogether. (more…)

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