By Ken Peterson
Grant Park Neighborhood Association, vice-president and land use chair
After nearly two years of negotiations with the Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PBPR), there is good news to report concerning off-leash dogs, their human companions, and other affected Grant Park visitors. PBPR recently approved Grant Park Neighborhood Association’s project proposal to create a permanent fenced area for dogs. Although some hurdles remain, PBPR will no longer require project supporters to raise funds for both a dog off-leash area in Grant Park and for another park elsewhere in Portland.
The next step is a public engagement meeting during which input from interested stakeholders will be received before the next steps are determined. That meeting will take place Thursday, October 1, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Grant Park Church, 2728 N.E. 34th Ave (corner of Northeast 34th Avenue and Knott Street). Expected to attend and participate from PBPR are Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, community engagement manager; Sue Glenn, manager, North/Northeast zone; and Mike Grosso, PBPR maintenance supervisor. PBPR officials will seek to gauge public interest and support for the project, receive input concerning which of three possible locations is most favored, and determine what amenities are important to park users, such as water access and seating. Cost estimates of different options may be available to help attendees determine preferences, as it will be necessary to privately raise funds for the project.
Additional detailed information concerning the meeting agenda will be provided through a variety of media resources, including signs in the park, leaflets, and other forms of print and digital communication likely to reach a broad range of interested parties.
If this issue interests you, please attend the meeting. More perspectives help ensure a successful outcome. One note: Although canine companions are among the interested parties, they should remain at home. There could be a large turnout and space is limited.