Ask the Edmonds Cop: Rules about dogs on Edmonds beaches

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Thinking about bringing your dog to an Edmonds beach? City of Edmonds Animal Control Officer Jessi Gilginas joins us to talk about where dogs are — and aren’t — allowed.

8 Replies to “Ask the Edmonds Cop: Rules about dogs on Edmonds beaches”

  1. Also, remember that dogs aren’t allowed at the Edmonds Museum Farmers Markets. The reason is quite simple —

    From an 2012 MEN article, “The reason for the change is simple, organizers say: The weekly summer market has become too crowded to accommodate dogs, which present a tripping hazard.”

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  2. Thank you MEN for this. I hear many people complaining from both sides (dog lovers & dog haters) its great to have it clarified that dogs are NOT allowed on the beach or grassy areas but are allowed to walk on the walkways. Jessi made it nice and clear that dog owners should research or “google” if dogs are allowed.

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  3. Could we get a bit of clarification? Are dogs allowed on the sidewalks to the beaches to the north of the Senior Center or are the sidewalks considered part of the beach?

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    1. Several dog were at the Arts Festival, both inside the buildings and in the open area. No dog signs at entrance areas. The police who were present did not enforce.

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    2. Here’s the response from animal control. (The city council did just approve changes to the rules on where dogs are allowed so it is not yet officially in city code, but will be.)

      It’s not codified yet but the city is looking to change the language to clarify this question. The new language will likely look like:

      5.05.060 Dogs on public grounds.

      A. It shall be unlawful for an owner to allow any dog to stray and/or enter with or without a leash or other means of restraint upon any playfield, playground, sprayground, or any public beach. B.Dogs are permitted in city parks, on the waterfront walkway and on other public property not listed in subsection (A) of this section, and shall be on a leash and in the owner’s control at all times. Dogs are permitted on school grounds, subject to the Edmonds School District Policy. Dogs are permitted off leash, and under the owner’s control, in the off leash area south of Marina Beach Park.

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  4. Thank you Teresa, this helps to understand council’s intent. The policy seems very for.. “A. It shall be unlawful for an owner to allow any dog to stray and/or enter with or without a leash or other means of restraint upon any playfield, playground, sprayground, or any public beach. But there will still be public confusion about which of our open spaces are considered to be one of the 4 locations mentioned. For example, the beach west of the Ebb Tide is not public so that property would be open to dogs unless the owners wanted to enforce. The Anderson center area is both playfield and play ground so that seems to be no dogs. But the areas in City Park and Civic Park have mixed uses and without further clarity the public has a hard time understanding where dogs would be allowed in these areas.

    Email conversations with city officials also suggest that when a group rents places like the Anderson center playfield and play ground or Civic Field they have the right to change the rules to allow dogs. But the public has no way of knowing if the rule is changed for the event. For the Arts Festival the No Dogs Allowed signs were not covered. City officials did not say if the Arts Festival folks allowed or did not allow dogs. One city official did offer a suggestion: “Let’s work to have this better on our collective radar for next year’s event.”

    Bottom line is while to code seem clear in some cases it will always have some forms of interpretations and exceptions.

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