Seattle Park Board to host public hearing for Lower Kinnear Off-Leash Area

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny.

Lower Kinnear Off-Leash Area

Lower Kinnear Park Off-Leash Area (OLA) has come to the end of its 18-month pilot, and Parks staff have evaluated the OLA based on established criteria. Staff will present their findings to the Board of Park Commissioners in both a presentation and a written report. The written report will be available on the Board of Park Commissioners webpage on Friday, September 12.

Based on the evaluation presented by Parks staff, and testimony from the public, the Board of Park Commissioners will make a recommendation to the Superintendent of Parks about whether the pilot has been successful.

Those who want to give input, but are not able to come to the meetings can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to

A similar evaluation for the Magnolia Manor OLA is moving forward, and scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of Park Commissioners on Thursday, October 23.

Budget Presentation

Parks Finance Director Michele Finnegan will update the Park Board on the 2015/16 biennium budget, as presented by the Mayor.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program ( Current members are Antoinette Angulo, Tom Tierney – Chair, Bob Edmiston, Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Mazohra Thami, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursdays, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at

This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways.

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