City council gives green light to dog park

February 4, 2011

Funding to be discussed this summer during budgeting process

The City Council voted 6-1 at its Feb. 1 meeting to move forward with building a dog park at the future sports park site on Southeast 95th Way.

The city will add the park to its capital projects and discuss funding when it begins work on the 2012 budget this summer.

The Parks Commission recommended to the council at its Jan. 12 meeting that an off-leash dog park be built at the future sports park site. It also noted that the council’s recommended budget of $25,000 would not be enough to build and maintain an off-leash park.

A park constructed at the future sports park site would likely be one or two acres, temporary and atop the grassy mound at the center of the site. It would need to be moved when construction begins on the sports park. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016.

The future sports park’s design calls for a one-third-acre, off-leash dog park on the east end of the property.

Read more

Parks Commissions recommends dog park at sports park site

January 18, 2011

$25,000 ruled not enough to create, maintain potential park

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011

After holding two public hearings, the Parks Commission unanimously passed a recommendation to the City Council Jan. 12  that an off-leash dog park be constructed at the site of the future sports park on Southeast 95th Way.

However, the commission also unanimously voted that the council’s recommended budget of $25,000 would not be enough to construct and maintain a dog park, given that it would only be enough to build a one-acre park and maintain it for one year.

City Manager Rob Wyman said the City Council will likely review the commission’s recommendation at its Feb. 1 meeting.

Read more

Parks Commission to hold dog park public hearing, make recommendation

December 2, 2010

The Parks Commission chose primary and secondary locations for a potential off-leash dog park in the city, and will hold a public hearing at its Dec. 8 meeting.

The commission chose the southwest corner of Lake Boren Park as its primary location, and the grassy field atop the mound at the site of the future sports park — to be off Southeast 95th Way — as its secondary location.

Although the commission had previously narrowed potential locations for an off-leash dog park to the north end of Lake Boren Park and the future sports park, the commission began considering alternative locations after a commission subcommittee met in October with representatives from the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart.

Read more

F.E.T.C.H., Parks Commission subcommittee to meet Wednesday

October 26, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 2010

Members of the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart will meet with a Parks Commission subcommittee at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

At the meeting, the subcommittee will talk with F.E.T.C.H. about its goals and possible contributions to an off-leash dog park in Newcastle. The subcommittee consists of Chair Andrew Shelton, Vice Chair Koleen Morris, Commissioner Craig Belcher and Commission Craig Petersen.

Locations narrowed for city dog park

October 4, 2010

Lake Boren, future sports park are two remaining choices

The Newcastle Parks Commission has cut the Madison Lane and Lake Boren Esplanade from its list of possible off-leash dog park locations, leaving only Lake Boren Park and the future sports park to be located on Southeast 95th Way and Lake Boren Park as potential locations.

Through consensus, the commission decided the sports park would be the preferred location for the park.

Read more

Sahara Pizza to host fundraisers for F.E.T.C.H.

September 21, 2010

NEW — 2:10 p.m. Sept. 21, 2010

Sahara Pizza, 5625 119th Ave. S.E. in Newport Hills, will hold a fundraiser for the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart each Wednesday through Oct. 6.

Present a flier when you place a carryout order at the Newport Hills store and Sahara Pizza will donate $3 to F.E.T.C.H. to help fund an off-leash dog park in Newcastle.

Read more