Off-leash area at Pacific Community Park to close for Oct. 22-23 weekend

VANCOUVER – The Dakota Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park in Pacific Community Park will be closed Oct. 22-23 so a contractor can upgrade an overhead optical fiber cable.

Wilson Construction Co., a Canby, Ore.-based contractor working for the Bonneville Power Administration, will use a helicopter to string a larger cable over the dog park just outside east Vancouver.

The work will require closing the off-leash area, the park’s demonstration gardens and the trail along the north side of Pacific Community Park, 1515 N.E. 164th Ave. The park’s extreme sports area, restrooms, parking lots and other amenities will remain open.

Signs have been posted at the dog park alerting users to the upcoming closure. Weather is not expected to delay the work, with the exception of persistent, heavy fog that would ground the helicopter.

A second closure is tentatively scheduled for one day in January 2017 to remove the existing optical fiber cable. Clark County will distribute more information once additional details are available.

The Dakota off-leash area is one of the most popular dog parks in Clark County. A list of other off-leash areas is on the county’s website at

Clark County partnered with Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington to develop the dog area in Pacific Community Park. The off-leash area is named in honor of Dakota, a Vancouver Police Department K-9 who was killed while tracking a suspect in October 2007.


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