Celebration of opening of new off-leash area on Queen Anne at Kinnear Park

Seattle dogs and dog owners are invited to join the Queen Anne community and the Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA) at a celebration of the opening of the new Kinnear off-leash area (OLA) on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from noon – 3 p.m.

The 5,400 square foot off-leash area is located in Kinnear Park at the foot of Queen Anne Hill where W Mercer Pl. joins Elliott Ave. W (enter the parking lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery, 904 Elliott Avenue, W.) This part of the park is often referred to as lower Kinnear Park.

Seattle Parks in-house landscape architects Joe Neiford and Frank Robinson designed the park, which includes a kiosk, natural feeling wooden fencing, wood chip surfacing, logs and rocks, a bench and native plantings on the adjacent hillside. The Seattle Conservation Corps (http://www.seattle.gov/parks/scc/) constructed the new OLA.

In 2006, after an extensive public process, Seattle Parks recommended that off-leash areas be built on Magnolia at Magnolia Manor Park and on Queen Anne at lower Kinnear Park. Funding to build these off leash areas became available through the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

The Queen Anne community, Friends of Lower Kinnear and COLA also contributed to the planning and development of the much-needed space where dogs can enjoy off-leash exercise and socialization. The presence of local canines and their owners in lower Kinnear Park is expected to make the park safer, strengthen neighborhood connections and provide volunteers to care for the park.

The OLA is part of a larger renovation at the park that received funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. The community worked with Seattle Parks and HBB Landscape Architects to develop the design, which includes improved trail connections and signage, tennis court restoration and a sustained natural setting that restores native vegetation.

For more information on the Lower Kinnear Opportunity Fund project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lower_kinnear/enhancement.htm, and for information on other off-leash areas in Seattle, please go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/offleash.asp.

For more information about the Off Leash Area or to volunteer at the OLA please contact Patrick Jones at 206-913-7261 or colachair@coladog.org

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