Metro Parks is not living up to the standards it set for off-leash dog parks as stated on its website. In part, this statement reads that components of an appropriate off-leash park should have open terrain and good visibility. Also stated as appropriate is perimeter fencing with separate areas for different sized and/or activity levels of animals.
I addressed the Metro Parks board about my complaints on Sept. 27 and was told that the Point Defiance Park off-leash dog park will remain as is – no fencing, heavy underbrush. Visual contact can’t be maintained, and dogs can’t read the signs designating the boundaries. In reality only about an eighth of the touted seven acres is usable.
Seattle has 11 fenced, off-leash dog parks. Portland has five fenced dog parks and 27 unfenced parks which are in open areas to allow for good visibility of your dog. Metro Parks is not addressing the needs of dog owners in the community in a timely manner.
I was a part of the team of citizens that was shown the area to be the Point Defiance dog park more than a year ago. We were told the area would be fenced, including an area for small dogs, and that the underbrush would be removed.
I would like Metro Parks to explain why it isn’t following its own “Components of an Appropriate Off-Leash Park.”