Off-leash area proposed for park

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Whatcom County Parks and Recreation commissioners have asked staff to bring them more information to help them decide whether a piece of Lighthouse Marine Park should be a fenced off-leash dog park.

The dog park proposal was presented to commissioners at their September 16 meeting by Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) member Annelle Norman.

“A lot of parks commissioners saw value in the proposal,” said PRCAC chair Allison Calder. “They did not approve or deny it but have asked staff to bring back more information about costs and it will be discussed at their next meeting.”

The proposal is for a fenced half-acre area to the south of the entrance to the parking lot at Lighthouse Marine Park. The area was selected following exploration of numerous options on the Point by members of PRCAC and the Point Roberts Taxpayers’ Association.

“A small and unobtrusive, but open and accessible area at Lighthouse Marine Park – the one Point Roberts park that has parking, drinking water and year-round restrooms, but does not have nesting eagles or other species of special concern utilizing the inland and upland areas – Lighthouse Marine Park is our single and best option,” the proposal states.

The proposal will be on the agenda at the Thursday, October 21 Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. and is held virtually through the commission’s agenda center bit.ly/3nXvLfE.

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