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Park will be limited to all-season area until turf matures

It’s unclear how many dogs bother to vote for Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District funding measures, but the recent addition of dog parks in the district indicate the canine community carries some clout these days.

The district will open its second designated dog park since June 1 on Monday, Sept. 9, at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. Located adjacent to the tennis courts by the district’s sports complex, the park is accessed by turning right where the road splits beyond the college’s main entrance.

To allow the turf to mature, only the bark-lined, all-season section of the 1.69-acre park for unleashed dogs will be open at first. The dog park will be open from dawn to dusk.

The park was funded through $150,000 from system development charges, fees assessed to commercial and residential developers to help fund public services, including parks and recreation amenities. Dog parks have been a common request of district residents for some time, said Lisa Novak, the park district’s superintendent of programs and special activities.

“We get requests for new dog parks all the time,” she said. “For years, we’ve been trying to find adequate space to accommodate those requests.”

The PCC space serves as a crosstown complement to the dog park that opened on June 1 at Paul and Verna Winkelman Park at 10139 S.W. 175th Ave., in Aloha. The district’s original dog park, at Hazeldale Park off Rosa Road between 194th and 196th avenues in Aloha, remains a popular attraction.

“We’ve had two dog parks open, but nothing of that kind in that northwest section of the park district,” Novak said. “There’s a lot of development up there. I think the park will be very popular. There are a lot of homes with small yards, a lot of dog owners in the area and plenty of parking available.”

Construction began in June at the park, which will have separate, fenced areas with grass for small dogs and larger dogs, in addition to the all-season area for year-round use. Other site amenities include benches, crushed rock paths, dog-waste stations, a water fountain, vinyl-coated chain-link fencing and tree plantings for future shade.

Dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets using the park’s waste-disposal facilities. No dogs are allowed on the PCC campus, which is pet-free to protect the college’s veterinary technology program and farm animals.

The park district worked with PCC officials to establish the park, whose funding was enhanced by rapid development in the Bethany area.

“It’s the growth in that area, really, that made us able to finally get it done,” she said. “It took awhile.”

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