Dog park proposed

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A proposal for a fenced off-leash area at Lighthouse Marine Park will be going to Whatcom County parks commissioners and the community is being asked to voice their concerns or support.

The Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Commission meets virtually on September 16 at 6 p.m. The agenda is expected to include the proposal from PRCAC for a half-acre fenced off-leash exercise area to include agility features and interesting terrain.

“We’re talking something more interesting to dogs and owners than just a fenced area,” said PRCAC member Katherine Smith at the August 25 PRCAC meeting.

Committee member Grant Heitman said they had “received a barrage of comments in support of this,” and chair Allison Calder said those had been included in the submittal to county parks.

Fellow member Annelle Norman said it was important for county parks commission to understand that, while off-leash areas in the rest of the county are plentiful, “in this five square miles, we are very limited when it comes to where people can take their dogs for exercise.”

Comments about the proposal can be sent to parks@co.whatcom.wa.us. A link to the meeting and agenda materials will be available on the parks commission’s page at bit.ly/2WqJLDc on September 9.

There is an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

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