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Renton Opens the City’s First Dog Park

September 3, 2009

Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569
Terry Higashiyama, Community Services Administrator 425-430-6606

Grand Opening and Leash-Cutting Celebration of the Cedar River Dog Park on September 19

The City of Renton and Renton’s Unleashed Furry Friends (RUFF) opened the city’s first off-leash dog park on the NARCO property, across the Cedar River from the Renton Community Center.  Nearly four acres of level ground are surrounded by a rustic split rail fence constructed by community volunteers. The park includes a separate area for small and shy dogs, and has quickly become a popular gathering area for dogs and their handlers. Join your dog-loving neighbors and visit with a variety of dogs having fun being off-leash.

The city committed $50,000 in matching funds in the 2009 budget to help pay start-up costs. Through community involvement and numerous donations of time, money, materials and equipment, RUFF was able to move the dog park from conception to completion within a four-month period.  More than $45,000 in cash, materials and services were donated to RUFF.

A grand opening leash-cutting celebration will be held at the Cedar River Off-Leash Dog Park on September 19, 2009, starting at 10:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best dog trick; smallest dog; largest dog; best dog bark; and best “Lassie”, “Rin Tin Tin” and “Marley” look-a-like. In addition, a dog and owner look-a-like contest and an adult “chuck-it” contest will be held.

Donations of pet food will be accepted for low-income seniors with pets. Representatives from Seattle Public Utilities and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be on site to discuss the broodstock salmon weir adjacent to the trail.

Cedar River Off-Leash Dog Park is a two year pilot project, with the NARCO property as an interim site. For more information on the Cedar River Off-Leash Dog Park or the Grand Opening Dedication, please visit