12th Avenue, S.
last updated 1/27/12
fellow Jose Rizal Off-Leash Area users. As you know the Parks Department was proposing to reduce the size of the
off-leash area from its original size - 5.134 acres - down to around 2.05. The installation of the new multi-use trail
alongside the dog park has wiped out the site's west boundary forcing the question of how to set up fencing. Parks took the
opportunity to propose changes. After a loud response from the community and a couple of creative retoolings the plan is now
back to the 4 acres the community had expressed desire for!
for Off-Leash Areas (COLA) is the agency charged with being the interface between the dog owners and city government.
had been some doubt about the existence of a community of dog owners actively using the dog park. The "Friends of Jose Rizal
Off-Leash Area" has reached out to COLA and made it clear they want to keep this site 4 acres.
COLA has a mission "to establish,
maintain and oversee" Seattle's off-leash areas and to provide "structure through which individuals may volunteer their time
and resources for the attainment of" this goal.
would be interested in serving as a COLA steward at the Jose Off-Leash Area please contact me via the guestbook below.
advent of the Mountains-to-Sound Trail extension next to the off-leash area promises to discourage illicit activity
and make people feel more safe. The trail will be lit at night and is wide so police units on bikes can ride by routinely
and monitor the site. The cops are nearby and can be reached via 911.
longtime Beacon Hill resident who stewards the Jose urban
forest, says, "When we get bicycle commuters coming through the Jungle* on the Greenway Trail this will not be an attractive
place for criminals."**
me that - outside of bullets - there is no greater deterrent to crime than off-leash dogs.
City recently brought in tractor mowers and cleared out vast amounts of underbrush, creating
all this new space. I hear that the aspen saplings will be cut down soon, so we can experience
what it's like to have even more room. Major
cuts in the Parks Department budget leave open the question of maintenance at Jose.
plan called for a 20 acre off-leash area running all the way down to Holgate. If anyone would like to share their
knowledge of the history of the park, please send it. See map (above, right) for a glimpse of the earlier vision for the Jose
Rizal off-leash area.