Park Board considers pet rules

October 13, 2009

By Staff

Park Board members said city pet ordinances should be revised with stronger language about citations and enforcement.The board also directed city Parks & Recreation Department staff to research pet rules in other cities with beach parks. The actions by the Park Board followed a July ban of dogs in Timberlake Park, and a September meeting in which city officials collected feedback from ban opponents and supporters.

Park Board members will then make a recommendation to Mayor Ava Frisinger.

Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said staffers were in contact with parks departments in Seattle and other cities with shoreline parks to determine how to approach pet rules. Under existing rules, city staffers do not ticket owners who defy the ban and bring pets to the park. Dogs are banned in most city parks.

Timberlake Park includes 24 acres along the southern shore of Lake Sammamish in South Cove. City officials banned dogs after they received reports from people about dog waste littering the grounds, park goers getting knocked down by dogs and dogs fighting with each other.

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