Mike and Debbi Rovech, along with their chocolate Labrador, Toby are looking forward to an off-leash dog area as they lounge on the grass at Lakeview Park. They live across the street from the future dog-park. Photo by Jerry Gay.[/caption] B-Town Dog members have organized a campaign on a popular crowdfunding site in a final push to raise the needed $4,000 for an off-leash dog park in Burien. Donors may simply go to http://www.gofundme.com/h4cp3o to help fund the off-leash park. The campaign received $610 within the first two hours of its launch on Nov. 11. In the past two years, B-Town Dog, a non-profit Burien group led by Kellie Bassen and Rob Johnson, has raised $6,000 through bake sales and other fundraising activities. Council members set a goal of $10,000 as the portion to be raised by the public. The GoFundMe web campaign is just one of the ways B-Town Dog is trying to raise the final $4,000. On Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. the group is sponsoring a Pet Stocking party at Town Square Fabrics and Yarn, 445 S.W. 152nd. St. For $5, participants receive a red sock, decoration materials, glue and all the trimmings to make a Christmas stocking for a favorite pet. All proceeds go to help fund the off-leash park At the same time, the group will be holding a pet food drive to benefit the cats and dogs at Burien CARES animal shelter. Also for the holiday-giving season, the B-Town Dog Shop is open at the groupâ€™s website, www.btwndog.webs.com with t-shirts, sweatshirts, key chains and more featuring the B-Town Dog logo. Proceeds go for the off-leash dog park. For more information visit the B-Town Dog Facebook page or www.btwndog.webs.com. The Burien City Council has already picked Lakeview Park near Highline Medical Center as the off-leash site. The 1.5-acre park at 422 SW 160th Street will have separate areas for small and large dogs. The fenced area will be in the upper portion of the park where a former elementary school was located. The lower park will remain as is with a walking track, sports court and picnic tables. The Burien Parks Department has already drawn up a conceptual site plan. Currently, there are no off-leash dog parks in Burien, Normandy Park and Des Moines. The closest are Grandview in east SeaTac and Westcrest in north White Center.]]>
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