This Monday, the Friends of Smith Cove Park will hold the final public meeting regarding a new park in Magnolia.
The Smith Cove Park will be located on 7 acres of land below the Magnolia Bridge on Elliot Bay.
According to the Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA), the meeting is being held to review a preferred plan for the park which includes features and uses such as: “a hand-carried boat launch, beach access, multi-sport playfield, sand area for volleyball, family discovery and play areas, and improved access and circulation.”
At this point, some, but not all of the various mockups for the park include space for an off leash dog park, so it is not a done deal.
Seattle is widely considered one of the dog friendliest cities in the country, and in many respects it is, but with regard to off-leash dog parks, Seattle lags behind other cities both in the number of dog parks and amount of land devoted to dog parks.
According to COLA:
- Dog parks are up 20% in the last five years in America’s largest cities, but Seattle has only opened 2.3 acres in the last fourteen years.
- Seattle has 14 dog parks providing 26 acres of off-leash land (almost half of which is in Magnuson Off-Leash Area), where other neighboring large cities average 32 dog parks each with an average of nearly 120 acres per city.
- In Seattle, the majority of us must drive to our dog parks, which is not ideal in a traffic-laden city concerned about the environment, and not true in Portland or Vancouver BC.
- Seattle only has one small dog beach in Magnuson Park. Many other dense urban cities across the country have opened multiple large dog beaches.
- Seattle is 100 acres behind the average of San Francisco, Portland, and Vancouver in off-leash land.
- Even Bend, OR, which has about a tenth of the population of Seattle, has 49.7 acres of off-leash dog parks, almost twice as much as Seattle!
The Magnolia dog park is only .4 acres, and the one in Queen Anne is just .1 acre.
COLA hopes at least 1 acre of Smith Cove Park will be an off-leash area.
So please consider coming to the meeting and letting planners know Smith Cove Park should have an off leash area.
The meeting is Monday, September 21 at 7PM at Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Ave. West.
Go to www.seattlesmithcovepark.org for more information and view the preferred plan (posted after this last public meeting).
And if you can’t attend, you can still register your name and provide a public comment that will be seen and considered by Seattle City officials.