Dogs in Mercer Island Parks
Dogs are allowed in most parks on Mercer Island as long as they are on-leash or under voice or signal control. Section 7.04 of the MICC code spells out what is required. Voice or signal control is not as easy as it sounds. A properly trained off-leash dog under voice and/or signal control:
- Immediately returns to the person in control when signaled or called
- Does not charge, chase, jump on or display aggression toward other people or animals
- Does not cause physical or property damage
- Is always within sight of the person in control
Good manners are contagious!
Mercer Island Parks and Recreation has published a brochure to help everyone be good canine citizens. Spread the dog love by following these simple etiquette tips in Mercer Island parks:
- Pick up your dog’s waste and dispose of it properly
- Be prepared to leash your dog if necessary
- Prevent your dog from approaching other park users unless invited
- Prevent your dog from chasing wildlife
- Encourage your dog to stay on the trail to avoid damaging forest vegetation
- Use designated off-leash areas or non-forested areas to play fetch
Voice/Signal Control Areas
There are many parks where you can take your dog off-leash once they are voice control trained. If you like big trees and winding trails, try:
- Mercerdale Hillside
- Island Crest Park
- SE 53rd Open Space
- North Mercerdale Park
- Upper Luther Burbank Park
- Pioneer Park, NW and SE quadrants
If you like open lawn areas, try:
- Aubrey Davis Park
- Homestead Field (while sports fields are not in use)
No Dogs Allowed, Anytime
- Any school property or facility
- Any playground
- Any sports court (tennis, basketball, etc.)
- Any sports field while practice or game is in progress
- NE quadrant of Pioneer Park
- Deane’s Childrens’ Park (Dragon Park)
- Luther Burbank Park (except off-leash area)
Public Swim Areas
No dogs allowed May 1- Sept 30
Dogs allowed on leash between Oct 1 and April 30
- Luther Burbank Park
- Groveland Beach
- Clarke Beach
- Calkins Landing
Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s behavior at Off-Leash Areas. Prevent attacks by knowing how to tell the difference between dog play and dog aggression.
Luther Burbank Park
- Sand base
- Designated small/shy dog area
- Water access
Questions about dogs in parks?
Contact Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.275.7609
Report any violations of the Animal Code to email@example.com or to the non-emergency line at 425.577.5656 Please include date and time of the violation, location, dog name and description (breed if known).
Pet waste doesn’t just decompose. It adds harmful bacteria and nutrients to local waters, when it’s not disposed of properly. Get the facts here: Do You Scoop the Poop.
The information above summarizes selected components of the MICC Animal Code which governs animal regulations on Mercer Island.
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