DSHS informs City it will not renew Eastside Off-leash Dog Park lease; City working to keep park open
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has informed the City that they would not be renewing our lease for the Eastside Off-leash Dog Park located on the Fircrest campus. The current lease is set to expire on December 31, 2019. DSHS also informed us that due to safety concerns they would be restricting public access to the park by closing the gates to vehicular access between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. That change went into effect over the Labor Day weekend.
The City has leased the Eastside Off-Leash Dog Park from DSHS for the past six years. As the landlord, DSHS has the authority to make these changes. However, we will continue to work collaboratively with them to see if we can help resolve their concerns around safety and access in order to keep this valuable amenity accessible to our community.