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Committee to vet dog park sites

Multiple properties on initial park list

An ad hoc committee will be examining several properties both in and outside the Hood River city limits over the next week or more to determine their feasibility as possible dog park sites for public use.

Approximately 30-40 people were in attendance for a meeting Tuesday evening held at the Ty Taylor Fire Station in Hood River for the purpose of discussing options for dog park sites, as well as the elements the public wanted to see in a dog park. The meeting was held by Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District, who would be developing the site, and was attended by members of city government and the Port of Hood River, as well as interested citizens.

HRVPRD Director Lori Stirn reported the committee, consisting of citizens and HRVPRD staff, is initially considering eight parcels where dog parks could be developed:

  • Friendship Park, located at the corner of 18th Street and Taylor Avenue, next door to the fire station
  • Wilson Park, located north of Indian Creek Trail on May Street between Second and Third streets
  • Elliott Park, located between the south side of Indian Creek Trail and the north side of Betty Lou Avenue
  • Morrison Park, located north of the disc golf course located at Wasco Avenue and 20th Street
  • Mann Park, located in a residential area between 22nd and 24 streets and Sherman Avenue and Eugene Street.
  • Former Pacific Power lands located along the Hood River
  • A private parcel owned by Jim and Jacqueline Skakel between Fairview Drive and Rocky Road
  • Port of Hood River property located between the Hook basin and the wastewater treatment plant

HRVPRD has also expressed interest in creating a dog park near the Union Street substation, but Stirn said the small lot size and the fact that the city’s ongoing sewer lift station project would make the property undevelopable for several months made that site a less attractive option at the current time.

As for the other potential park sites, Stirn said there was “not really a frontrunner; there’s pros and cons to each site.”

In what Stirn described as an “active” discussion, members of the public provided feedback during the meeting on possible amenities they’d like to see at a dog park, including lights, restrooms, and various types of fencing and gates. She added that access to water — both for play and for thirst — was a chief concern of those who attended.

Stirn said the committee will conduct meetings with neighbors of the proposed park sites to hear their thoughts on the matter. She expected the committee would reconvene next week to further discuss and perhaps narrow down the list of properties.

For more information, contact Lori Stirn at 386-5720, parksandrec@gorge.net, or Brian Becker, dog park organizer, at hoodriverdogpark@gmail.com, or comment on the dog park’s Facebook page at fb.com/hoodriverdogpark.

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