[Tweeters] Take the King County Parks survey by Sept. 14

Marc Hoffman tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Tue Sep 13 14:50:08 PDT 2011

Hi Darrel,

Your point is spot-on (ugh, is that a dog pun?)
and also has appeal to a wider consituency than
just birders, which might be helpful in getting the County to respond.

Personally, with such a huge offleash area being
offered at Marymoor, I would love to see them
completely ban dogs from all other areas of the park.

Possibly working with S.O.D.A. (the organization
that sponsors the offleash area) would also yield
some creative solutions. Surely S.O.D.A. could
encourage assertive self-policing by dog owners.
A related approach would be to include, on all
signage, an emergency phone number to report
violators, which might put violators on notice.
But in the final analysis, we need police
officers to mete out painful penalties. It's not
about education; when I politely explain the rule
to violators, about 90% have some (lame) excuse why it doesn't apply to them.

Marc Hoffman
Kirkland, WA

At 12:44 PM 9/13/2011, you wrote:

> Marc, excellent points. There is another

> factor regarding dogs that should be considered

> as well. As a survivor of a nearly fatal dog

> attack when I was younger, caused by a dog that

> broke free of a leash, dogs are tremendously

> dangerous and protective. To me the safety

> aspect of keeping dogs on leash needs to be

> addressed by the County, particularly at

> Marymoor, where we had more than one serious

> incident this summer alone with off leash dogs,

> in fact every visit to Marymoor this summer we

> observed dogs off leash in the Audubon Bird

> Loup, often chasing game -and did report it. I

> did provide this input in the survey.

> Personally I feel the off leash park should be

> moved away from the conservation area's as the

> two interest's really don't mix, by nature and

> with the space available at the park, a better

> layout could easily solve the issue, why it was

> planned that way to begin with is beyond me.


>Thanks for bringing this up, -Darrel




>-----Original Message-----

>From: Marc Hoffman <tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com>

>To: Tiffany Linbo <tiffany.linbo at gmail.com>;

>tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>Sent: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 10:09 am

>Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Take the King County Parks survey by Sept. 14


>Thanks to Tiffany for the reminder.


>I took the survey and want to encourage all of

>you who care about wildlife to do the same.


>As a frequent visitor to Marymoor Park and the

>Sammamish Slough abutting it, I emphasized these points in my responses:


>1. Enforce on-leash rules where they apply. A

>few dog owners are adamant about letting their

>dogs run roughshod in delicate nature preserve

>areas. Government officials currently do

>absolutely nothing to require compliance with the law.

>2. Enforce stay-on-the-trail rules. I see people

>off trail in the East Meadow all the time, including during breeding season.

>3. Enforce noise ordinances, including on Lake

>Sammamish and the Sammamish Slough. Boaters

>regularly play music at a volume that would make

>asphalt-shaking car stereos sound like music boxes.


>I urge you to take 5 minutes to take the survey,

>and please consider including the above points

>to whatever others you wish to make.


>Marc Hoffman

>Kirkland, WA


>At 09:45 AM 9/13/2011, Tiffany Linbo wrote:

>>For those who would like to give input on King County Parks...


>>Last chance to help King County Parks shape the

>>future of its parks and trails

>>As part of its commitment to improving its

>>parks and trails, King County Parks is looking

>>for feedback about what makes King County�s

>>parks, trails, and natural areas great for

>>County residents and what�s needed in the future to make them even better.

>>Now through Sept. 14, King County Parks is

>>encouraging residents to take a brief online

>>survey, which can be found at

>>http://www.kingcounty.gov/parksurvey. Those who

>>complete the survey and provide an email

>>address will be entered into a drawing to win a CamelBak hydration backpack.

>>The online survey is part of a larger customer

>>satisfaction effort, which has included focus

>>groups, in-person surveys in a variety of park

>>and trail locations, and special workshops engaging youth.

>>The survey work is being completed by Site

>>Story, a local consulting practice specializing

>>in community outreach, sustainability, and

>>cultural and public open space planning. This

>>work is funded in part by a grant from the

>>National Center for Civic Innovation.


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