Frequently Asked Questions

Is it the Parks Department or COLA who is responsible for making improvements to the off-leash areas?
The Parks Department is responsible for providing routine maintenance to the off-leash areas. COLA acts as the officially-recognized steward group to the Parks Department, which means COLA meets with Parks quarterly to address maintenance and other issues related to the off-leash areas. Once issues are identified as necessary action items, Parks is responsible for the actual implementation. However, recent budget cuts in city departments - including the Parks Department - have forced COLA to shoulder the financial burden of improving the OLAs.

I see new benches in the parks with small plaques - how can I donate a bench?
Benches can be donated to your favorite off-leash area by contacting COLA via email or by phone. Since there is a limited amount of space and/or need for benches at certain parks, this program may be discontinued once the limit has been reached.

Are there any new off-leash areas being proposed?
Yes! There is a very active campaign to open off leash areas in the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods.  These neighborhoods have completed their public process and we are working with the Seattle Parks Department to locate and open these areas.  Recent additions to our family of off leash parks in Seattle include Plymouth Pillars on Capitol Hill and Colonnade Park, underneath I-5.  Please refer to the News section of the website for up-to-date infromation on all these projects.

How do I start a new off-leash area in my neighborhood?
COLA has a committee specifically created to help communities with the process of creating new off-leash areas. If you are interested in working with this committee, or have an idea for a good location, contact COLA!

How is the Magnuson Off-Leash Group (MOLG) different from COLA?
A group of users created the Magnsuon Off-Leash Group (MOLG) to concentrate their efforts on creating a permanent off-leash areas with water access at Magnuson Park. The off-leash area at Magnuson Park is under the umbrella of COLA, and MOLG is the steward group for the park. COLA supports the Magnuson Off-Leash Group's endeavors to maintain and improve the Magnuson OLA.

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