The dream of a Kirkland Dog Park started off with a small group of residents who saw a need in their community that was not being addressed. Truly a grass root effort of three years was rewarded, on November 1, 2010 when the City if Kirkland agreed to let the all-volunteer, non-profit resident group KDOG (Kirkland Off Leash Dog Group) build and maintain on a 2-acre plot of city owned land.
As a real estate professional who's core believe is "Where you live is just as important as what you live in" found these events of the Kirkland Dog Park, a great testimonial of the residents and the City of Kirkland. A city that is willing to listen and residents who care about their city.
The citizens group is well on to the next phase of the Kirkland Dog Park. KDOG needs to come up with about $55,000 dollars by the Fall of 2011 to develop 1.24 acres of the property. This money coming from the donations of city merchants who have a strong sense of community and individuals who just want to help. And help they will. Before the site can become the first Kirkland off-leash Dog Park, there must be the clearing of the existing jungle of under growth, mainly blackberries and the spreading of 8" of woodchips. Then there's the planting of groud cover, fencing, signage, waste bags and dispensers, dumpsters, and the cost of the first three years of maintence, you guessed it all volunteered by the community.
That's what I mean, when I say choosing a home is more than just the house. It's a neighborhood with a can do attitude of community. If you would like to help with the Kirkland Dog Park check out the KDOG website.