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Holes are a Hazard – Be Responsible Please!

I’d like to remind all Park Patrons that under the current Park Rules, DIGGING IS NOT ALLOWED at the Park. Holes like those shown below have resulted in serious injuries to both canine and human patrons, and can result in pain, limitation, and substantial medical bills. I am personally familiar with injuries which have occurred from these holes.

Please be responsible. French Lake Park is the result of a joint effort between volunteers and the Federal Way Parks Department and irresponsible behavior of this and other types (hint, hint, “pick up” please) can undermine the support for the park and the attention the park receives  from the City.


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Celebrate Halloween with Park Pals!

Come Get your Picture Taken with your Favorite Four-Legged Furry Friend on HALLOWEEN!

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Park Pals is hosting a HALLOWEEN PHOTO SHOOT and its CALENDAR KICK-OFF PARTY on Halloween, October 31st, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mud Bay at 1706 S. 320th St. in Federal Way. Get a picture and pick up a 2016 Park Pals Calendar hot off the presses!


Tragedy at French Lake Park

Very Sad News to Report! On August 20th at around 3:45 p.m., we had our first confirmed fatality at French Lake Dog Park. A 6-year-old Chihuahua named “Roxy” was killed near the front entrance after being attacked by two dogs. The primary aggressor was believed to be a female Staffordshire Terrier (white with brown spots) which killed Roxy, who was pronounced dead upon her arrival at the vet minutes later due to a punctured lung. The person with the aggressor dog was a white middle-aged woman with light hair.

For a multitude of reasons too long to list here, aggressive and/or uncontrolled dogs are neither wanted nor welcomed at French Lake Dog Park. It is “strict liability” for dogs who cause injuries to others (people or dogs) at this park, and the  owner faces responsibility for vet bills approximating $400.00, PLUS possible citation, banishment, and/or quarantine from the City of Federal Way.

Many of us long-term patrons of this park (including this one) have noticed an observable downturn in the level of responsibility over and control of dogs many owners have exhibited in this park over the past several months. All who enter this park must understand that they need to control and supervise their dogs at all times, that means you are able to see your dog and exert immediate voice control over your dog whenever they are in this park. The actions (or failure to act) of the park’s patrons will determine what kind of  environment we have in this park, now and in the future.

If anyone has further information about this incident or anyone involved, please contact Federal Way Animal Control at      253 835-7387.

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