Woof! Dog owners keep the call up for off-leash park

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Community members are renewing calls for an off-leash dog park, bringing the matter to the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) at their January 21 meeting and earning the support of the board of the taxpayers association at their January 13 meeting.

Since 2015 when local Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies started regularly issuing citations for off-leash dogs, dog-owners have been looking for a place to let their dogs run. The Point Roberts Park and Recreation District established Baker Field as an off-leash area during certain hours but that was discontinued after conflicts with other users of the field and the primary school.

Current suggestions include designating a portion of Lighthouse Marine Park for off-leash dogs, a possibility that has not found support from Whatcom County Parks administration in the past. PRCAC member Allison Calder said that there is undeveloped land at the marina that is designated under the facility’s development permit for public access and recreational use that would be appropriate for a dog park.

The topic is expected to be on the agenda of the next PRCAC meeting.

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