Mercer Island

Dog park lovers maintain trails

Dog park lovers maintain trails
The dogs cannot resist all the activity!

On Saturday an enormous Bernese mountain dog lay nearby, watching his master and other volunteers spread the last of 21 piles for a total of 46 cubic yards of wood chips on the trail at the Marymoor Park Off-Leash Dog Area in Redmond.

According to S.O.D.A. (Serve Our Dog Areas) Treasurer Judy Trockel of Redmond, this was the third and final work party of the fall to spread chips on the trails.

"People love the dog park because it brings so much joy to their families, the dogs and the community," said Trockel, whose husband Jim Trockel serves as president of S.O.D.A.

About 60 people from all over the Eastside and Seattle area servied as stewards to one of the most popular destinations in Western Washington. The Marymoor Dog Park attracts more than 800,000 visitations per year.

"This is an extra special work party today because we are celebrating the life and contributions of our vice president Bob Newell of Woodinville, who recently passed away unexpectedly due to a stroke," added Trockel, who helped start the park in 1995.

She explained that the non-profit organization recently entered into another five-year maintenance and operations contract with King County. The mandate is to maintain the park in the same environmental condition asit was in the beginning. To that end, over the years S.O.D.A. has spent more than $520,000 and 22,000 volunteer hours of labor have gone into building bridges, trails, fencing, shoreline restoration and sani-can service.

As volunteer Steve Schoenleber of Seattle noted, "We spend $5,000 a year just on poop bags!"