It’s been 10 years!

Way back in  2005, dog-loving French Lake Park patrons (many of whom had been using the park as an “unofficial” dog park) convinced  the Federal Way City Council to authorize the park as a city-approved off-leash park on a 12-month trial basis. An ordinance approving that trial took effect in July, 2005.

In spring 2006, park patrons learned that the city park staff wanted to extend the trial period. Park Pals (at that time, our informal park patrons’ group) and concerned users persuaded members of the Parks, Recreation, & Public Safety Council Committee to end the trial period and recommend that the park receive official off-leash status. The  City Council approved the revision and passed an ordinance  in the summer of 2006 making French Lake Park the official off-leash dog park in Federal Way.

Driven largely by volunteer and patron efforts, numerous fund-raisers  by Park Pals (since 2007 a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit), generous individual donations and with some wonderful support by several Federal Way businesses, the park has been significantly upgraded. At its inception, the park had waste baskets only at the front gate and directly up the hill, approximately 75 feet into the park. Since the park’s inception:

*five “doggie”stations (waste baskets and plastic waste pick-up bags) have been added;

*five benches have been added

*a water fountain was installed in 2012.

*several stainless-steel water bowls have been added

*this winter, a much-cherished water hydrant was installed near the fountain, enhancing the ability to quickly get water to take out to the water bowls spread throughout our 10-acre park.

The majority of these additions have been procured due to the efforts of Park Pals and its generous donors and volunteers.

Happy Anniversary, French Lake Dog Park!!!

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June Work-Party

Park Pals and the City of Federal Way’s Parks Department continued their recent efforts to significantly upgrade the appearance and safety of French Lake Park at the June Work Party.


Volunteers and Parks Staff helped “re-home” many dozens of plants from Town Square Park to the friendly confines of French Lake Park

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Some of the June arrivals in their new home.

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Many, many thanks to all who helped.  Many  volunteers  and staff put in “lots” of long hours in heat which surpassed 90 degrees to do planting, clean up, and, of course, do battle with the ever-present insidious blackberries!


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Even so, it was a productive and eventful day for the park and “fun” day for at least one furry patron!

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Thanks once again to  for keeping us amply supplied with their wonderful coffee products!

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Come Help at the Work Party on June 27th

Hey, everyone, Park Pals is having its summer work party on June 27th from 10 a.m. until ???? Come help us resume the battle with the relentless blackberries, tidy up the park and clean park  fixtures, etc. Lets help keep French Lake Park the best off-leash park around!!!!



The blackberry bushes below were clipped to about a 6-9 inch height when I did some trimming on March 9th, after our last Work Party. You can see how much they’ve grown since then, even without much natural or supplemental water  from LakeHaven.


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