Barkingup the right tree

Published on Thu, Aug 3, 2006 by ack Kintner

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Barking up the right tree

By Jack Kintner

“We’d like to get more people involved with the local parks,” said Blaine park board member Terry Johnston, formerly a parks and recreation official in southern California before moving north two years ago.

To that end, Johnston and others on the Blaine park board are proposing to convert part of Skallman Park near the Blaine airport into an off-leash dog exercise area. “It would be a lot like a similar facility near Crescent Beach just north of White Rock,” Johnston said, “where the dog owners would be expected to clean up and supervise their pets, but where dogs could run free.”'

The topic was presented a few months ago to the Blaine city council and was given to the park board to pursue. Johnston says that he’d like to put the project together with volunteer help, and that some people have already stepped forward.

He’s scheduled a meeting for interested people on Saturday, August 5 at 10 a.m. at Skallman Park off Yew Street, near the Blaine public works facility. “We’re looking for two-legged input at this time,” he joked, “so for now, leave your dog at home. We’ll have a nice spot ready for them soon.”

For more information contact Johnston at 371-7017.