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Woodland Off-Leash Dog Park

Seattle Parks Department has decided to insert a small dog park INSIDE the existing Woodland Off-Leash Area sometime in February 2018.
This decision is their response to COLA (Citizens for Off Leash Areas) and the public outcry for a small dog space to be ADDED to this park. Simultaneously, the public has been requesting and fighting for more OLA land, not less.
On a number of fronts, this decision not only does not reflect the needs of the dog owning public of Seattle, but it is irresponsible and reckless for dog safety.
SPR’s decision cuts into one of the most highly used OLA’s in the city, making an already crowded space more congested. This park is only one acre. Density and congestion contributes to intensified encounters between dogs.
Dogs defend fence lines. This will further add to “trigger stacking” in a small and congested park, pitting small dogs against large. Tensions will rise. Noise will rise. When dogs get triggered, behaviors can quickly decompose to dangerous territory.
As the city grows, the dog population grows. We need more land, not less. The parking lot at Woodland OLA is small and often capacity is exceeded, causing people to park illegally on the side of the road. Finding space in the park to simply fetch without hitting someone with the ball is a rare occurrence.
Woodland would be better off without the small dog area altogether, if SPR is not going to add land by creating one adjacent to the existing park. Please sign this petition if you agree.
Also, please tell city official what you think about their decision to put a small dog area inside Woodland OLA by contacting:
Thank you,
Concerned dog park users

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