New off-leash dog park opens at Crestview Park

Because of popular requests from the community, Tukwila opened a dog park.

The city of Tukwila opened a public off-leash dog park at Crestview Park in February due to input by the community.

Kris Kelly, the maintenance and operations superintendent for the parks department, said the city wanted to meet the needs of the public and that’s why it built the dog park.

“For the past five years, we wanted to fill the need of the community to get an off-leash dog park. Every year we were evaluating parks and we went through five or six of the kind of major parks in the system and had some of the ‘See You in the Parks’ events and in those events we invited the community members to write down or give feedback on what things they wanted changed in the parks or what they liked, just a general feedback,” Kelly said. “Crestview Park got lots of hits for the dog park, so within the last 18 months we have started to focus on Crestview Park and see what area could work.”

The total cost for the dog park was about $30,000, according to Kelly.

The park is three acres and has two separate areas for dogs to run around in.

“It’s split into two portions, it’s all fenced in, but then there’s a separate fence for smaller dogs, and a bigger section for bigger dogs,” Kelly said.

There is a double-gate to ensure dogs that are already in the park are not able to get out when someone and their dog are coming in.

The park also provides potty bags.

According to Kelly, there are no breed restrictions, but he hopes people will follow the rules and guidelines that are posted near the entrance.

Some of these rules include picking up after your dog, no aggressive dogs and making sure all dogs are licensed and vaccinated.

The next step for the dog park is to include a wash-off station.

Kelly said this has not been incorporated yet due of the weather, but will be installed when soon.

Kelly said he looks forward to spreading the word about the new addition to Tukwila.

“We’re excited for everyone to come use the dog park,” he said.

The address for the park is 16200 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98188.

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