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Council to consider Windward Oahu "off-leash" dog park

Dog owners on the Windward side of Oahu say they've been asking for a dog park for more than a decade.

This week, Honolulu City Council will consider a resolution to finally establish the island's sixth "off-leash" dog park.

"Tons of people have dogs here in Kailua and Kanehoe, and there's no where for the dogs just to run loose," Windward Dog Park Hui member, Jessica Hawkins said. 

According to a study sponsored by the Hawaiian Humane Society, nearly half of Oahu households own a dog.

"It's crazy that there is nothing on the Windward side," dog owner, Jade Fernandez said. "We're going places we're technically not allowed. It so hard to come by places.. so we just find wherever we can and make do."

There are currently five "off-leash" dog-parks on Oahu-- including Ala Wai Dog Park, Diamond Head Bark Park, Hawaii Kai Park and Ride, Moanalua Community Park, and Mililani Park and Ride-- but none on the other side of the Ko'olau.

"You can traverse to the beach, but it is not legal to bring your dog into a park, like this one, and remain in the park with your dog," Honolulu City Councilman, Ikaika Anderson said.

Anderson says there are two potential sites written into the resolution for the new "off-leash" dog park-- one being the area adjacent to Bayview Golf Course. 

"We would need to iron out access issues, because we don't own that-- the city does not own access into the park.. I think we can iron that out," Anderson said. 

The other site is Kalaheo Hillside, which in the past was proposed to be developed into affordable housing, according to Anderson.

"Development and, or sale of the Kalaheo Hillside property is not being considered by Mayor Caldwell," Anderson said. "It's all open space, undeveloped.. and it could be an off-leash dog park."

Anderson says that amenities, like a comfort station, would need to be built at the Kalaheo Hillside property.

"All we want is a place where we don't feel like we are going to get kicked out," Fernandez said. 

City council is scheduled to vote on the resolution this Wednesday.

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