New sign could change park name to Skallman Dog Park


Blaine resident Linda Lair hangs with her Boston terrier, Bella, in Skallman Park on March 30. Photo by Oliver Lazenby

By Oliver Lazenby

Skallman Park, Blaine’s primary off-leash dog park, could get a new sign this spring making its status as a dog park official.

The park’s sign, which currently reads “Skallman Park,” is worn and needs a replacement anyway. Changing it to “Skallman Dog Park” could promote the park for dog use, said city community planner Alex Wenger.

The Blaine Park and Cemetery Board asked Wenger to look into a name change for the park and report back to the board this spring. Bellingham-based Grateful Dogs Off Leash Association helps manage the park.

“We want to promote the Grateful Dogs Off Leash facility, but we also want to keep Skallman in the name since the Skallman family donated the park to the city,” Wenger said.

The park and cemetery board will likely discuss the name change at either its April 14 or May 12 meeting, Wenger said.

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