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City to move Ash Avenue Dog Park

Tigard officials plan to build apartment complex on park site. Park to be moved across the street.


Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - A thirsty canine drinks from a dog-sized water fountain at Ash Avenue Dog Park in Tigard in 2011. The park is to be moved to a new site across the street sometime next year.The city of Tigard has plans to move a popular dog park in downtown to make way for a new apartment complex.

Ash Avenue Dog Park, located at 12770 S.W. Ash Ave., will be moved to a new location sometime next year.

Sean Farrelly, Tigard's redevelopment project manager, said that the city's years-long plan to revitalize the downtown relies on new development coming to the long-struggling area.

“It’s a built-in audience for Main Street businesses and services,” Farrelly said. “More people living downtown makes it a more vital place, one that doesn’t close down at 5 p.m.”

The park and with the city’s public works yard — which houses the city’s fleet of utility trucks — will be sold to a developer, Farrelly said.

Farrelly estimated that about 130 apartment units will be built on the 3.5 acre space. With a five-story building built on the park, Farrelly said, and three smaller buildings along the Fanno Creek Park in the Public Works lot.

“They will be high quality apartments with great views of the park,” Farrelly said. “The idea is to get more people living downtown and supporting downtown businesses. The more people living here, the more activity we will have going on.”

The five-story building will also feature a 5,000-square-foot ground floor for commercial use.

'We knew it was possible'

Farrelly said that plans have always called for the dog park to be moved.

“(Ash Avenue Dog Park) was always seen as a temporary facility,” Farrelly told The Times last week. “That’s why there wasn’t a lot of investment made in it.”

Ash Avenue was a tiny, run down park until 2011, said Kim McMillan, a Tigard city engineer who rebuilt the park.

McMillan worked with dog owners and parks users to design the new Ash Avenue Dog Park. Paper and online surveys were handed out, a Facebook page was set up and city planners attended events at other local dog parks to gather additional public feedback about how the park should look.

“We knew it was possible that as downtown redeveloped the site could be used for development,” McMillan said. “But that never influenced my design. I wanted to design the best dog park around.”

When the park opened in July 2011, it had doubled in size, with a covered area, play equipment and a dog-sized water foundation.

The city spent $54,000 on the park, according to city officials.

Farrelly said it’s unclear how much it will cost to move the park.

“Likely it will be fairly minimal,” he said.

Plans are to move the dog park to one of two sites across the street, either undeveloped property near B&B Print Source, or another temporary site on Ash Avenue and Burnham Street.

Park could move again

The city is considering two sites that could serve as its new home. The sites are directly across the street from the current park.

One site is city property located at the opposite corner of Burnham Street and Ash Avenue. The other is undeveloped land behind B&B Print Source, 9040 S.W. Burnham St.

Depending on which site is selected, Farrelly said the park could be moved in the future.

The site on the corner of Burham and Ash Avenue is also slated for redevelopment in the coming years, Farrelly said, requiring the park to move again. If the city moves the park to the undeveloped lot, Farrelly said that will likely become the park’s permanent home. The City Council will have the final say on where the park will be moved, based on recomendations from city staff.

“We need to research a little more before we can recommend which will be the best fit,” Farrelly said.

Wherever Ash Avenue Dog Park is moved, Farrelly said that the new park will be completed before the old park is closed down.

“We are committed to have that happen,” he said.

McMillan said that much of Ash Avenue’s amenities will be transferred to the new park.

“We should be able to use the fencing, the shelter, the (concrete tubes) and the water fountain,” McMillan said. “Almost everything should be able to be recycled and reused.”

Construction on the apartments could begin as early as next summer, said Farrelly.

The Tigard City Council is expected to discuss the new apartment complex at the Sept. 2 meeting of the Tigard City Center Development Agency.



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