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Winter storm delays dog park opening

Potso Dog Park to reopen Feb. 20.

by: FILE PHOTO - Chloe, a 3-year-old Labrador-mix, snags a tennis ball at Potso Dog Park. The city's largest dog park is undergoing renovations, and is expected to reopen on Thursday, Feb. 20.Tigard’s largest dog park is will remain closed for an extra week after heavy winter storms delayed construction work.

Potso Dog Park, located off Southwest Hunziker Street, has been closed since Feb. 4 for construction. City workers had said it would take two weeks to install a new irrigation system at the park in order to improve the quality of the turf grass.

The park was expected to remain closed until Feb. 13, but the city announced on Monday that the heavy winter weather has delayed the project. The park is expected to re-open on Thursday, Feb. 20.

The city said that healthier turf will reduce wet, muddy conditions during the rainy season and make the terrain safer for dogs and more aesthetically pleasing for their owners.

The construction is part of the $17 million parks bond measure approved by voters in 2011. The bond purchased several new parks within the city, and pays for improvements to several parks, including Potso.

This spring, the city also plans to pave the park’s gravel parking lot, creating more uniform parking spaces, increased accessibility and less dust. 

During the construction, the city asks residents to visit one of the city’s other dog parks, Ash Avenue Dog Park, off Southwest Burnham Road, in downtown Tigard, and Summerlake Dog Park located in Summerlake Park.

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