In December 2009, the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department, with support from the Marysville Dog Owners Group, opened Marysville's first-ever off-leash dog, Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park [download brochure].
Strawberry Fields for Rover is located at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Park in north Marysville, 6302 152nd St. NE, 1/4 mile west of 67th Avenue NE and close to the Centennial Trail north access parking facility.
The off-leash park offers the following amenities: * 3+ acres of fenced play space and 1.6 miles of walking trails * Parking * 3-tiered drinking fountain for pets and people
* Fenced small dog play area (new in 2013) * Entire park fenced with controlled entrance and exit area * Park furnishings and pet obstacles * Pet play areas, including the "T-bone" * Wood chip/dirt surfacing * Foot bridge and faux river rock bed
* Information kiosk
In securing the property for an off-leash park, M-DOG members spoke at a Marysville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting in May 2008. The Board subsequently took action, and made a recommendation to the City Council to approve the off-leash park proposal. The City Council approved the property for an off-leash park in July 2008. Strawberry Fields for Rover has emerged as a well-used community asset visited by thousands of area residents and their dogs.
M-DOG in its nonprofit role acts as stewards for the off-leash park, responsible for maintenance and upkeep. We are currently raising funds for those unmet needs, such as equipment and doggy fixture needs at the park. At this year's Poochapalooza Outdoor Dog Event, M-DOG's major annual event, admission will be free, requests donations at the event toward the costs of getting the off-leash park off on the right "paw", and keeping the park clean and well-maintained.
As stewards of the off-leash park, M-DOG is always in need of volunteer help, too. You can help us in many ways, including picking up garbage, cleaning up dog waste, trimming over-growth, maintaining trails, and more. The group has also helped installed signage at park entrance to provide park rules and tips, and encourage pet owners to be respectful of a pastoral park environment that is flanked by sensitive areas and fish habitat.