Ross Dog Park to reopen Thursday

Damage to gate, fencing closed park

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social services, demographics, faith

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Ross Dog Park

Ross Dog Park in Vancouver’s West Minnehaha area, which closed after a gate and fencing were damaged over the weekend, is slated to reopen Thursday morning.

The damaged gate to the small-dog area will remain closed, but owners of small dogs can walk through the main park to another entrance to the small-dog area, said Cindy Franke, president of Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington, or DOGPAW, which runs the park.

Franke said that overnight Saturday it appeared a vehicle damaged the upper gate that leads to the small-dog area. Two fence posts also were pulled out of the ground, which knocked down about 20 feet of fencing, she said. The damage was reported by a volunteer around 10 a.m. Sunday.

She decided to close the off-leash dog park at Northeast Ross Street and 15th Avenue while the fence is being repaired. The gate will take longer to replace.

The Bonneville Power Administration owns the property, which is next to the Ross Complex substation, and is investigating the incident. Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call the power administration’s confidential crime witness hotline: 800-437-2744. Information may lead to a cash reward.