Portland’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation has approved a Grant Park Neighborhood Association proposal to create a permanent, fenced area for dogs and will hold a public engagement meeting to gather input from interested stakeholders. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grant Park Baptist Church, 2728 N.E. 34th Ave. and will set the stage for the next move in the project, according to Ken Peterson, GPNA vice-president and land use chair.
Peterson said PP&R 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.
The approval and subsequent planning session are the result of nearly two years of negotiations between the neighborhood and PP&R. Additional detailed information concerning the meeting agenda will be provided on signs in the park, leaflets, other print and digital communication in order to reach the widest range of interested parties. Those attending the meeting are being asked not to bring pets.