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December, 2014
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 County Facilities Update:

Off-Leash Park and New Hazo-House Draw Crowds

Thurston County’s first off-leash park for dogs and their humans opened in October to great barks and cheers. Located at the county’s Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) at 2418 Hogum Bay Road, the free facility is open from 6:30 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.

“The park is extremely popular,” says WARC Operations Manager Jim Zygar. “It’s used by dogs of all sizes and in all kinds of weather.”

If you and your pet haven’t had a chance to visit the park, here are a few guidelines:

  • Dogs must be at least four months old, licensed, vaccinated and wear an identification tag.
  • Dogs must be removed immediately if exhibiting aggressive behavior.
  • Pets must be leashed when outside the off-leash area.
  • Do not bring dogs that are in heat.
  • Please limit number of dogs to three or fewer per visit.

Tribute Bricks Still Available

The park also features a bone-shaped entrance made of commemorative bricks. You can buy a brick to celebrate a pet, commemorate a past pet, or simply to support the off-leash area. The brick will be sand-blasted with your message, and the engraving sealed from weather and other conditions. Bricks are $50 (4x8 inches) or $250 (8x8), and all proceeds benefit the site and other off-leash areas built by the county. For complete details, check the County Parks web site and click on the “off-leash dog area” at the bottom of the right hand side of the screen.

New HazoHouse a Hit

This March, the WARC relocated HazoHouse to a new facility featuring easy drive-in/drive-out access, a sheltered drop-off service and state-of-the-art ventilation. The new building, plus an additional day of operation, has brought an increasing number of residents seeking safe and free disposal and recycling of hazardous household materials. Last month’s total of 1,724 residential visitors was one of the bigger months in the facility’s history.

Open Fridays through Tuesdays, HazoHouse accepts items such as solvents, cleaning supplies, fluorescent light tubes, pesticides and other products. The service is free to Thurston County residents. A complete list of accepted materials and other information is available at the Solid Waste web pages or by calling 360-867-2491.

By Keith Eisner

The two styles of bricks that are for sale. The two styles of bricks that are for sale.

Some of the materials accepted at Hazohouse. Some of the materials accepted at Hazohouse.