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Kent hearing examiner approves off-leash park

Debbie Herron, left, and Kristen Ballou hand out treats Feb. 17 to a friendly group of dogs at a site in Kent for an off-leash dog park. - Charles Cortes, Kent Reporter
Debbie Herron, left, and Kristen Ballou hand out treats Feb. 17 to a friendly group of dogs at a site in Kent for an off-leash dog park.
— image credit: Charles Cortes, Kent Reporter

The Kent city hearing examiner on May 18 approved a conditional-use permit application by the city planners to add an off-leash dog park at Morrill Meadows Park on the East Hill.

The approval by hearing examiner Ted Hunter gives the parks department the go-ahead this summer to turn 3.5 acres of undeveloped land next to Morrill Meadows Park into a fenced, off-leash area for residents to exercise their dogs.

The proposed park is at 10600 Southeast 248th Street. The city owns the site.

Future expansion plans at the proposed off-leash park include trails, a grass play field and possibly a picnic shelter.

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