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A8 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter A sign at the entrance to Timberlake Park carries a stern warning to pet owners leading dogs down the leafy Wail: "No Dogs Allowed." Since the sign went up last month, however, pet owners have flaunted the dog ban. City officials, eager to prevent safety mishaps at the park, responded in kind. Pet owners are now likely to encounter parks staffers or Issaquah Police officers, who tell them about the municipal ordinance that prohibits dogs in most city parks. Timberlake Park, 24 acres nes- fled against the southern shore of Lake Sammamish, was open to dogs until earlier this summer. City officials banned dogs after they received reports from people about dog waste littering the grounds, park goers getting knocked down by dogs and dogs fighting with each other. "Our position at the city, of course, is safety," Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said. A series of incidents at the park were recounted in calls and e- mails to city parks staffers. McGill recounted a call from a mother at the park whose children could be heard crying in the background after a dog had knocked them down. Officials described incidents in which wayward dogs snatched food from picnic tables and darted offpark property into nearby back- CITY ORDINANCE 1567 It is unlawful for the owner or custodian of any domestic animal to cause, permit or allow such animal to: A. Enter any city park where post- ed; or B. Enter in or upon any public fountain. yards. City officials will host a Sept. 9 open house to review pet rules and concerns about Timberlake Park. Since the ban was enacted, how- ever, city officials have had to con- tend with vandalism at the park. A "No Dogs Allowed" sign was bent in late July, and a picnic table was torched in early August. McGill said it could not yet be determined A local nelgltl~Br of 11mberlake Park shows plastic handle of her dog's leash, during a walk in the Lake BY GREG FARI~AH bags for pet waste fled on the Sammamish shoreline city park. BY GHEG FARHAH At left, Chuk Klein, a neighbor nearTimbedake Park for 23 years, cleans an eye on Coby, his golden Labrador, after a walk. Above, a new local resident, who didn't want her named published, walks her dog to the Lake Sammamish shore- line atTimbedake Park. IFYOU GO Tlmberlake Park pet ml~ open house 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 Tibbetts Creek Manor 750 17th Ave. N.W. off-leash dog park within city lira- "I could see why people were so staffers will also review other its. upset if dogs were getting close cities' rules about pets in parks. When the Timberlake Park ban and running on their property, Staffers will collect feedback from was announced, city officials sug- Ramsey said. open house attendees about how to gested pet owners walk dogs on Doug Spooner has lived along ensure public safety at Timberlake city streets and trails, at Lake 184th Street Southeast, the narrow Park. Sammamish State Park, at thestreet adjacent to the park, for sev- Mayor Ava Frisinger, owner of a Tradition Plateau Natural eral years. Increased traffic as a 12-year-old Corgi mix named Resources Conservation Area and result of park users has him riled. Amadeus, said she could sympa- trails around Cougar, Tiger and It s a big pain in the butt that thize with pet owners concerns. In Squakmountains. we didn't have before," Spooner the days after the ban was Squak Mountain resident Connie said. announced, Frisiuger received sev- Ramsey described the Timberlake The lot at the Timberlake Park eral calls and e-mails from resi- Park ban as "overkill." entrance has space for five vehicles dents who favored and opposed "It's like a mother who's over- and cars often overflow onto the the ban. She said city officials if the ban was a factor in either protective of her child," Ramsey street, looked forward to hearing options incident, said. "It's all well and good, but Spooner expressed ambivalence from residents about how to The city acquired Timberlake you have to live a little."about the dog ban. accommodate pet owners who Park, at Northwest Sammamish Ramsey said she would occa-"Everybody has the right to do oppose the ban and residents who Road and 182nd Avenue sionally take her 11-year-old whatever they want as long as they favor the ban. Southeast, as part of the South Basenji mix, Mittens, to don thurt anybody else, he said. McGill emphasized the safety Cove annexation. Timberlake Park. Ramsey said she Spooner, who opposed the South concerns behind the decision to After South Cove voters opted for carried a bag for dog waste with Cove annexation, bristled at offi- ban dogs. annexation by Issaquah four years her, and put her dog back on a cials' decision to enact the dog "We're not going to wait until ago, city officials kept the old King leash if she spotted other dogs or ba "--ostM of us moved down here someone gets bit, she said. County rules at Timberlake Park. park goers. Leashed dogs would be allowed Though she said other dogs at because it s off the beaten path, Warren Kagarise: 392,6434, ext. 234, or unless officials received complaints the park were well-behaved,he said. wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at about canine activity. Ramsey said she spotted dog waste At the Sept. 9 meeting, city www.issaquahpress.com. Dogs are banned in most city on the park grounds. She said she parks due to safety and sanitation could understand why nearby res- concerns. Bark Park in the idents had issues with dogs in the7 Sn ipla|mie g Ni|d Issaquah Highlands is the only city park. port of at least two jurisdictions. reach tourism agreement Other east King County municipal- ities would likely join the TPA in Issaquah officials and business the future. leaders could join with their coun- terparts in Snoqualmie to promote City vacates part of tourism in east King County. City officials will apply for commercial property is the three cash through the federal Hazard buildings of Gilman Square, Mitigation Grant Program.which received heavy damage The grants, funded by theduring January flooding. Federal Emergency Management City Surface Water Manager Agency, are set up to help pre- Kerry Ritland said it would cost vent future flood losses at corn- $80,000 to $120,000 per home mercial and residential buildings, to elevate the structures. He said Officials will hold a pair of he was waiting for an estimate meetings about the program, for the commercial properties. The first is at 5 p.m. Aug. 27 in Property owners would fund the Pickering Room at City Hall the local share of the grant. No Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W. city dollars are involved in the The second meeting is at 7 p.m. project, save for staff time for the Sept. 10, at the same location, grant application and adminis' The proposed project tration. includes elevating first floors The properties targeted under of up to eight homes and the grant program have been flood-proofing three commer- subject to past flooding that cial buildings to prevent flood- caused damage and displace- waters from causing extensive ment of homeowners and busi- damage to the buildings, nesses. The residential properties are Contact Ritland at 837-3410 located in the Sycamore area and or kerryr@ci.issaquah.wa.us to Northwest Cherry Place. The learn more. Outside Seattle, a regionalCity officials vacated a portion of tourism marketing organization, Northwest Mall Street last week at was set up with the goal of forming the request of a developer. In return, a Tourism Promotion Area to sell the city received a portion of Maple the Eastside to potential visitors. Street that could someday prove Legislation being considered by useful, ff officials decide to extend the Issaquah City Council could Maple Street to Newport Way. lead to the formation of a TPA to City Council members voted promote the area. unanimously to vacate the road The first step of the TPA process portion Aug. 17. is the adoption of an interlocal Developers of the HighMark agreement between Issaquah and Medical Office Building petitioned Snoqualmie. City Council members for ithe city to vacate a' 10-by-231- sent the proposed legislation to the foot-long portion of Mall Street. The Council Services & Operations roadway, west of state Route 900, is Committee. The committee will used for local access and is not a review the legislation Sept. 17. thoroughfare. The vacation would Outside Seattle was formed to leave 70 feet of right of way. develop a tourism brand for east Officials said the space is more than King County. The organization also adequate for a local access road. aims to provide online resources "This is not well traveled by any for visitors and to market the area stretch of the imagination, to regional, national and interna- Councilman Joshua Schaer said. tionaltourists. HighMark developers are dedi- Hotels that support and partici- cating 20 feet of property along the pate in the TPA would work with southern property line as part of Outside Seattle to determine how land-use requirements. Developers to use TPA dollars for the market- will also install sidewalk, curb, gut- ing program, ter and landscaping along Maple TPA legislation requires the sup- and Mall streets. Local news, ISSAQUAH ImmWmMlm nnlcu I~ Susan 14. 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