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Originally published Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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You can walk Rover in the woods at popular Snohomish park

A visit to Willis D. Tucker Community Park in Snohomish.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Where: Willis D. Tucker Community Park

Location: 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish

Length: Walks in and around 84-acre park.

Level of difficulty: Easy, with few steep slopes.

Facilities: An amphitheater, two picnic areas, two ballfields, playgrounds, restrooms and off-leash dog area. Ample parking. The Activity Center includes classrooms and facilities that can be rented out for events. The center also serves as headquarters for the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department.

Setting: Located three miles east of Mill Creek, this is one of the most frequented parks in Snohomish County, with a 9-acre off-leash dog park and an amphitheater used for concerts and movies. You get a nice view of Mount Baker on a clear day. A walking trail is on the perimeter, with more trails planned within two years. Area is used more as a dog play area.

The park is still under development with trucks and construction signs, and areas fenced off. In the next three years, the county will add 201 parking spots and a multiuse field that will double as additional parking on show nights. By June, park officials expect to pave 49 parking stalls and add a walkway directly to the dog park. Currently it's a 10-minute walk on a gravel trail to the off-leash area. Bring water for your dog. No water fountains within or near the off-leash park.

Highlights: This is the largest off-leash dog park in Snohomish County, with three designated play areas. The 4-acre Open Meadow area is the largest, outfitted with a dog agility course — a ramp, jumps, weave poles and hurdles. Plenty of open space for dogs to roam. Across is a modest, "low-impact" area designated for "shy" and "senior" dogs. Nearby, the Forested Trail is where pet owners can stroll with their dogs in a lush landscape of firs, alders, cottonwoods and maples.

Restrictions: Leash law in effect except for the designated dog-play area. Open daily, 7 a.m. until dusk.

Directions: From Interstate 5, take Exit 186 and go eastbound on 128th Street (128th Street Southwest becomes 132nd Street Southeast and then 134th Place Southeast). Turn right onto Snohomish-Cascade Drive. Turn left onto Puget Park Drive.

For more information: 425-388-6600 or www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks

Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or tvinh@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle.

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