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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-5 No timeline yet for establishing park By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty com Spot and Fido will have a place to roam in Shelton and so will their human compan- ions. The Shelton City Commis- sion on Monday agreed in prin- ciple to establishing a fenced, off-leash dog park at the city's Kneeland Park. The proposal from the city's Parks and Rec- reation Department calls for a dog park of almost a quarter acre on the southwest end of the 3.9-acre park bordered by Front Street and Turner Av- enue. For the past year, the City of Shelton's Parks and Rec- reation Advisory Committee has been discussing the de- velopment of an off-leash dog park in the Shelton area. Pets are not allowed in city parks. Owners can walk their dogs on leashes on the city's Huff 'n' Puff Trail on Shelton Springs Road. Dogs are required to be on leashes in the city. The closest dog park is in northeast Thurston County, a 5-acre site that formerly served as part of the landfill in the Hawk's Prairie area. Mark Ziegler, the direc- tor of the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department, on Monday told the commission Journal photo by Gordon Weeks A plan from the city of Shelton's Parks and Recreation Department calls for a fenced, off-leash dog park on almost a quarter acre on the southwest end of the 3.9-acre Kneeland Park. that a support group called Friends of Shelton Dog Park that formed as part of a parks advisory meeting is committed to helping design, raise funds, advertise, develop rules for and monitor the park. No one mentioned a time- line for establishing the park. Kneeland Park already has the infrastructure to support such a park, including park- in_g, sidewalks, water, rest- rooms and closeness to other attractions that will attract families, Ziegler said. Activity at a dog park would have little or no effect on surrounding ar- eas, he said. The dog park would have a separate entrance, Ziegler said. Ziegler said city staff and volunteers could complete the improvements, and materials such as the chain-link fencing could be donated. At the park, dogs would get exercise and learn to bet- ter socialize with one another, Ziegler said. Also, =It's really a social activity for the owners themselves," he said. Ziegler said he was simply seeking "general approval" from the commissioners. =I vote yes," said Mayor Gary Cronce. =I think it sounds like a great idea." Commissioner Tracy Moore called Kneeland Park "a supe- rior location ... It looks won- derful." =Greenlight it," said Com- missioner Mike Olsen. "(Going to dog parks is) rea||y a sociaJ activity for the owners themselves," Mark Ziegler, director of the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department City Administrator Dave O'Leary said the city will have to sign a contract with the Friends of Shelton Dog Park on the fundraising and park- monitoring rules. ? rell put all the pieces to- gether ... and come back," he said to the commissioners. Friends of Shelton Dog Park have established a Face- book page to keep residents in- formed of its efforts. Group member Debbera Coker told the commission she is disappointed that she can only take her dog, on a leash, on the Huff 'n' Puff Trail. She said she visited off-leash dog parks in Thurston and Kit- sap counties and saw a lot of socializing and the policing of cleaning up animal waste. The group favors Kneeland Park because of its central lo- cation and existing facilities, Coker said. =(We're) ready to start fund- raising as soon as you give us the go ahead," she said. cards from the bag worthup $200. 5 nners hour 20 winners each night WP ,, m | Win up to a 50 every drawing time; It only happens twice a Seahawks Chrome 12" Wall Clocks Reg. $29.99 Doorbuster Special s19.99 Sleepy Tails Pet Bed Reg. $44.00 Doorbuste Special s5.99 Kitchen Appliances Reg. $12.99 Choose from toaster, mini-crockpot or hand blender Doorbuster Specia! s9o99