Hawks Prairie to welcome dogs

Dogs soon will have another place to roam free as Thurston County is set to hold a "leashcutting" ceremony at noon Oct. 29.

The five-acre area is near the county’s Waste and Recovery Center at Hawks Prairie near Hogum Bay Road Northeast . County officials and residents will make brief remarks before the opening .

A ccording to the county:

The off-leash area will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and feature areas for big and small dogs, water stations, sand and gravel areas for digging, and paths and fencing . Hours will be extended during the summer.

Dog lovers can also help fund the facility and future off-leash parks by buying personalized bricks that make up a dog bone-shaped patio. For more information, call Thurston County Animal Services at 360-352-2510.

Parking will remain limited until a lot with direct access to the area is completed early next year.

This facility will be the second to open in the county this month. A one-acre off-leash area opened Oct. 15 in Olympia’s Sunrise Park .