Good news, dog owners who’ve wanted an off-leash area in University Place. Your wait is over.
On Thursday, Pierce County will set aside a temporary, one-acre area next to Chambers Bay Golf Course for canines to roam free.
The grand opening is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at the Central Meadow area along the Soundview Trail. The area will be fenced off, and owners will be required to pick up after their animals.
But the park is only temporary, and won’t be around come 2015, based on a contract between the county and University Place. The county has identified three areas in the Chambers Creek Properties master plan for off-leash dog areas.
The county will dedicate an off-leash area when a pedestrian overpass in the property’s North Beach area opens late next year. A six-acre, off-leash area on the south side of the property, the largest and most-anticipated of future off-leash areas, won’t be completed for another five years.
The SUNDogs group (Safe, Unleashed, Natural Dogs), which partnered with Pierce County and University Place to open the temporary park, said local dog owners couldn’t wait another five years.
The group raised $12,000 to prepare the site and help monitor the interior of the fenced area.
Thursday’s grand opening will feature informational displays for Chambers Creek Properties, SUNDogs, University Place animal control and the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.
For more information or to donate money for the temporary park, visit www.updogpark.org.