REDMOND, WA – The City has opened its first pop-up dog park at Luke McRedmond Park in Downtown Redmond in response to the growing demand for spaces for pets (and their owners) to exercise and socialize with others. The pop-up dog park will remain open through September, allowing the City to test different potential locations and needs for a more permanent off-leash dog area in Redmond.
Dog parks were originally identified as a mid-term priority in the 2017 Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation (PARCC) Plan. They were identified as a high-priority need by the community and city leadership and continued to rise as a priority with the Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission during the 2022 budget process. Staff evaluated numerous sites and partnered with the commission to seek community feedback throughout the summer of 2022. The Downtown neighborhood was determined to have the highest need in the city, and Luke McRedmond Park was selected for its proximity to housing, parking, bus routes, and trails, as well as its large, unprogrammed lawn area.
“We are excited to offer this new opportunity for community members to gather and play outdoors with their furry family members,” said Mayor Angela Birney. “My dog Buttons and I look forward to connecting with our neighbors there soon.”
The off-leash area is fenced, has a small and large dog area, and will receive regular maintenance and trash pickup. The park is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Pets other than dogs are prohibited, and there is a limit of two dogs per handler. Dogs must be leashed when entering or exiting the off-leash area, and dogs must be licensed and current on vaccinations. Visitors are required to clean up and properly dispose of their pet’s waste.
Visitors to the dog park can report issues using the City's Q-Alert system, and provide feedback on this and future off-leash areas through an online questionnaire.
For questions and more information, contact Senior Parks Planner Cameron Zapata at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-556-2328.
Jill E. Smith, Communications Manager