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Off-leash pooch advocates collared during Bull Creek closing
Monday, November 30, 2009 by Laurel Chesky
While it’s closed for restoration,
PARD director Sara Hensley had promised park users that the city would look for another park in the northwest part of town where dogs could run unfettered while Bull Creek is closed, according to Kyle Allen, vice president of Bull Creek Dog Owners Group, which is lobbying the city to reinstate Bull Creek’s off-leash status after the park is restored. The group had asked PARD to find a replacement off-leash area and to post signage at Bull Creek directing dog owners to the alternative park. Otherwise, Allen said, dog owners may try to use
“Our objective is the same as everyone else’s – to get the park restored,” he said. “We feel this (an alternative off-leash park) is key to that effort.”
Chris Herrington, an engineer with the city’s Watershed Protection Department, said that city staff tried to find an alternative.
“We looked at all the parks in northwest
So for now, dog owners will have to travel to one of the other 11 off-leash parks around the city, or wait for Bull Creek to reopen and hope that the city reinstates its off-leash status. But, as of tomorrow, Dec. 1, parts of
The closure and planned restoration is the result of a two-year investigation by the city. A team of staffers from the city’s Parks and Recreation, Watershed Protection, Health and Water Utility departments has been studying conditions at
Erosion is another concern. Natural vegetation along the creek’s western edge in the southern part of the park has disappeared. Topsoil has eroded and compacted due to trampling, leaving a barren creek bank.
The $140,000 restoration plan calls for carving out gardens along the creek bank and planting them with native, drought resistant plants, which would hold topsoil and prevent erosion. Narrow pathways between the gardens would still allow access to the creek.
Workers employed from American YouthWorks will help the city with the restoration project and maintain the park afterwards.
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