b'PARKS & RECREATIONwas said and done and the community group collectively decided (after sixNormandy Park has great parks to enjoy to 12 months of arguing) to carvewith your dog. Nist Park is my personal out an appropriate amount offavorite dog friendly park, my dogs love space for the dog park, we wentrunning up the hill over and over again about the work of installing theplaying fetch. If you like trail walking parks. Each one was better thanwith your dog Nature Trails, the last, and they had amazingWalker Preserve, and features full of hoops to jumpMarine View Park are through, rocks to climb, turf togreat adventures. tear up, gravel to spin out in, etc, etc,Marine View etc! But within six months each parkPark affords a had breakouts of Bordetella, or Distemper,swim in the Puget Leptospira bacteria, Guardia, Hookworms,Sound if your dog enjoys Roundworms, fleas, or canine influenza.a cool dip on a hot summer Cleaning and maintaining dog parks today. City Hall and Marvista prevent disease is very difficult. In a fenced inParks are great for taking area, the soil saturation and feces removal froma leisurely stroll, having a all the dogs is an environmental nightmare. Dogspicnic, and rolling around go to the bathroom and produce about one halfin the grass with your dog.to a pound of feces a day. One hundred dogs can produce more than 500 lbs of feces per week. That is a lot of potential for the spread of disease, worms, and sicknesses for a dog. In Philadelphia, we had to dig out two feet of urine-soaked soil every other year in order to try and keep the smells and contamination reduced.Dog parks are not a substitute for exercise and walking. In a perfect world dog parks wouldnt be needed. Well-behaved dogs would be able to play off-leash. What I often observed at the dog parks were people chatting in groups after letting their dog go play with other dogs. The people often paid more attention to others than to their own dogs. Dogs can easily slip into defensive aggression or frustration aggression, and sometimes their playstyles arent synchronized. Fights often break out due to resource guarding mannerisms. If they arent being supervised, fights between dogs can lead to dogs learning bad behavior from other dogsbeing pushy when greeting or aggression when playing. Conversely, shy or skittish dogs become easily overwhelmed when meeting dogs in and outLET YOURof the dog park if they have a bad experience. If all goes well andDOG RUN!every dog behaves well with every dog in the dog park, then visits to the park are incident free. But, I often saw that not all dogs were 206-708-1178on their best behavior when visiting. And, as a dog aficionado,626 SW 154th St it would break my heart to hear that dogs were attacked or killedBurien 98166when using dog parks I designed and managed. campcrockett.comNORMANDY PARK CITY SCENE|SUMMER 2020 1515'