Our Vision

The Tri-City Dog Park Society was founded to promote, establish, and maintain off-leash dog parks in our community.

Since 2005, we’ve raised community awareness of dog parks, held demonstration dog parks, and raised funds to help open the first dog park in the Tri-Cities area. We worked with the City of Richland Parks and Recreation Department to open a 1⁄2-acre temporary dog park located at Badger Mountain Community Park.

Paws-abilities Place, the first 2 1/2 acre phase of the dog park, was opened in October 2011. An addition, which doubled the size of the dog park to 5 acres, was added in July 2017. It is also located at Badger Mountain Community Park. We continue to work with the City of Richland to maintain and improve the park.


Board Members and Chair Positions
Tri-City Dog Park Society
Jeannie Snyder

Without my dog Kenai, I wouldn't have discovered Paws-abilities Place Dog Park 4 years ago, or how much I enjoy volunteering. It feels great to help raise money and educate citizens about the importance of dog parks in our Comunity.I have really learned a lot over the years while working together with the City of Richland to come up with ideas to improve a park that will be used for many more years to come. My biggest reward from all of this is seeing how a dog park has brought a diverse community together and has formed some lifelong friendships. Because dogs bring people together!
Hope to see you at the dog park!

Katie Hofer

 I graduated from Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and am currently working on a Masters in Educational Technology. I am married and have two fur-babies. Artemis my cat and Koga my husky-mix. Koga loves the dog park, so we are there almost everyday! Since we were there so often, I decided I wanted to help out as much as possible! This led to me becoming a board member. Both of us have met so many great people/dogs at Paws-Abilities and we absolutely love the community we have found here!

Aimee Oropeza

I graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Accounting. My husband and I have lived in Richland since 2002, where I currently work as a Data Analyst. My husband and I are owned by one dog and one cat.

Jordan Burrowes
Fundraising Committee Chair

 I am currently attending WSU Tri-Cities to receive a Bachelor's in History. I hope to become a high school history teacher! I have a young energetic lab mix named Clementine. She is much more energetic than the dog I had growing up so that is how we began going to the dog park. Now we are there 5 out of 7 days a week sometimes twice a day! She absolutely loves it! She's made lots of friends, and I’ve met lots of great people as well! Since we are there so often, I wanted to become involved and help the park grow and thrive so we can enjoy the park for years to come!