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Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation sponsors dog-friendly swim

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - No wonder Bailey is smiling: She and other dogs who love the water will have the Aloha Swim Center to themselves on Monday afternoon.The Aloha Swim Center at 18650 S.W. Kinnaman Road will accommodate “Doggie Paddle,” the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s first-ever dog-friendly swim, on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Cost is $5 per dog.

At 2 p.m., park district staff will pamper the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Beaverton Police Department K-9 units with a 30-minute open swim. This session is free to observe.

Following check-in at 2:30 p.m., a one-hour open swim for medium and large dogs begins at 2:45, with check-in for a small dog open swim set for 3:45. Dogs are considered small if they’re shorter than 16 inches at the shoulders.

Guidelines include the following:

  • Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.

  • Dogs must be on-leash when not in the pool; collars are required in the water.

  • Dogs must be at least 6 months old.

  • Female dogs in heat are not permitted.

  • Disobedient dogs may be turned away.

  • Dogs cannot be left unattended.
  • Owners are encouraged to bring towels to dry their dogs and disposable pet-waste bags to quickly clean up any messes. They may also bring water toys, although tennis balls will be provided at the pool. Other pets should be left at home.

    Space is limited, so park district officials recommend pre-registering to guarantee a spot. To register and for more information, visit thprd.org or call 503-629-6311.

    Doggie Paddle is the last event at Aloha Swim Center before a three-month closure for seismic upgrades, a project funded by the park district’s 2008 voter-approved bond measure. Aloha Swim Center will close on Feb. 19 and is scheduled to reopen on May 20.



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