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Thurston County Connection
June, 2014
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 Work Underway on County’s First Off Leash Dog Area.

Buy a brick and support the effort!

Things can be “ruff” for dogs sometimes- they are cooped up in the house and many have little opportunity to really enjoy the run and fun. That is changing however. Thurston County’s Waste and Recovery Center on Hogum Bay Road will soon be the location of the county’s first park to allow dogs to run off-leash.

There has not been such a park locally but members of Sound Hounds decided to “speak” and let their feelings be known. They were not going to “roll over” and let the issue die. After agreeing to “shake” on the idea, Thurston County Commissioners set aside 5 acres to be developed into an area featuring space for larger dogs to romp together and one for smaller dogs. Other features include-

  • A “bone-shaped” brick entrance
  • A sand and gravel area for digging
  • A watering area for thirsty dogs and their humans
  • A walking trail around the perimeter


You don’t have to “sit” and wait for the park to open, you can take part by buying a commemorative brick. Each brick will be sand-blasted with a special message and the engraving will be sealed from the weather and other conditions. Proceeds will benefit the Hawks Prairie off-leash dog site and other future off-leash areas built by Thurston County. The cost is $50 for a 4 x 8 inch brick or $250 for an 8 x 8 inch paver.

The Off-Leash area is scheduled to open this fall. The estimated $200,000 project is funded from Beneficial Landfill Refuse funds, not the county general fund or solid waste fees.

For more information on the off-leash dog area or on how to buy a commemorative brick, please call Animal Services at (360) 352-2510; Thurston County Public Works at (360) 754-4580; or Sound Hounds at (360) 943-2119.

By John Tennis

Buy a brick-Support the park! Buy a brick-Support the park!