The new 'People, Dogs and Parks Plan', just released by the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department isn't exactly sitting well with dog owners.
The master plan, designed to chart out future needs and amenities for dogs in the city, stops short of addressing the largest need for dog advocates they say.
"We want to see a lot more equity in our off-leash areas, that means adding more off-leash parks," said Cole Eckerman, Executive Director of the Citizens for Off-Leash Areas (COLA). "Our goal is to have a park in every neighborhood. And we want dog parks to be walkable, and accessible to public transportation, not just if you have a private car."
Eckerman points to a growing demand for amenities with the number of dogs growing quickly in the city to more than 150,000 now according to recent estimates by COLA.
COLA is a non-profit group made up of around 800 members.
Currently, dogs are banned from playgrounds and almost all beaches. COLA members hoped to see more access in the plan too.
Seattle Parks officials say they understand the frustration but admit land is hard to come by for new parks. And current space cannot all be converted to off-leash areas because not all parks users want that.
In the plan, funding appears to be a major issue as well. Parks officials point to $1.3M in possible improvements to dog amenities in the city. Currently, the budget for dogs is around $106,000 total through 2020.
A draft of the plan is available online but will not be finalized until late September after a public hearing by the Board of Park Commissioners.