OLYMPIA - A special ceremony will be held July 15th to kick off the sale of commemorative bricks to benefit Thurston County's future off-leash dog area at Hawks Prairie. The public is invited to attend the ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2418 Hogum Bay Road N.E. The off-leash dog area is expected to open at the site in the fall.-30-
Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, Animal Services Director Suzanne Beauregard, Public Works Director Les Olson, and a representative from Sound Hounds will attend the ceremony to purchase and sell bricks and answer questions.
The special tribute bricks will line a bone shaped entrance to the park. Those interested can buy a brick to celebrate a pet, to memorialize a past pet, or to simply support the off-leash dog area. The brick will be sand-blasted with a special message and the engraving will be sealed from the weather and other conditions. Proceeds will benefit the Hawks Prairie off-leash dog site and other future off-leash areas built by Thurston County. The cost is $50 for a 4 x 8 inch brick or $250 for an 8 x 8 inch paver.
Construction of the dog area is underway and it is scheduled to open this fall. It will be Thurston County's first official off-leash dog area. The estimated $200,000 project will be funded from Beneficial Landfill Refuse funds, not the county general fund or solid waste fees.
Park construction includes installation of water stations, paths and fencing. The admission-free park will be located south of the current HazoHouse and next to a demonstration garden maintained by WSU Thurston County Extension.
For more information on the off-leash dog area or on how to buy a commemorative brick, please call Animal Services at (360) 352-2510; Thurston County Public Works at(360) 754-4580; or Sound Hounds at (360) 943-2119.