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Bainbridge council to review idea for off-leash dog park

Bainbridge dogs may have something to bark about if a proposal for a new park fetches the city council's attention.

The Bainbridge Island City Council will discuss a project to construct a dog park on a former landfill site on Vincent Road owned by the city at its meeting Wednesday.

The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District has proposed constructing an off-leash dog park on the property. The parks district would lease the property and construct fencing and 15 parking spaces to accommodate visitors and their pets at the dog park.

If approved, the parks district will pay for construction and fencing.

City and parks officials have been talking about the idea for months, but new questions have arisen over the proposal. Interim Public Works Director John Cunningham sent a memorandum to the council about the dog park proposal this week, and said that while the project is feasible,  more research is needed to design and implement the park.

Cunningham also noted that the dog park project was not included on the city's work plan for 2013, and city staff are asking the council for the go-ahead to move forward with the proposal.

If the council agrees, city staff will do more research on the proposal and bring it back for the council's review at a future study session.

The property has a long history on the island as a waste dump, and was a landfill for more than 30 years before it was closed in the mid-1970s.

Kitsap County closed the landfill in 1977, and the clean-up of the property was declared "substantially complete" in 2001. The city bought the property the following year, and in 2010, sold nearly six acres of the property to Bainbridge Disposal.

The council will discuss the dog park at its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.

 

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