Magnuson Off Leash Group is a volunteer-run non-profit organization
dedicated to working with the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department to
improve and maintain the off-leash area at Magnuson Park. The Magnuson
off-leash area was started in the late 1990's as a pilot dog park and became
a permanent site in 1999. MOLG was formed back in 2000 to ensure that the needs of the Seattle dog community
were met. At
the time, vocal opposition to establishing an off-leash park at Magnuson
threatened to eliminate beach access and restrict the size of the off-leash
park. MOLG has successfully met that challenge and more, and
Magnuson's off-leash area has become a shining star amongst dog parks!
- 2000: MOLG lobbied for and the Park Department received Pro Parks
money for fencing, trails and a new beach configuration. These are now in place.
- 2004: MOLG applied for and received a neighborhood matching grant for design and construction
of the SW Domed Field, now complete.
- MOLG paid for construction drawings for a new dog washing station, away from the main gate.
Parks paid for implementation.
- MOLG lobbied for and created the Small/Shy Dog area and spent $8500 to fence this area.
- MOLG paid for landscape and construction drawings for surface and drainage for the Main
Field (the old muddy large field). The highest part of the field was revamped in ‘06. MOLG
contributed $16,000 for the project and Parks contributed $30,000. IT WILL COST $70,000 TO
COMPLETE THE PROJECT WITH THE PERMANENT SURFACE
- Lights are planned and have been permitted for the entire 9 acre Magnuson Off Leash
Area. The estimate of the cost in ’09 was $260,000.
- 2010: MOLG paid $4500 to install sturdy new fencing along the path to the lake.