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Yakima Gets Notoriety as an All American Dog Friendly Cool Desert Town

Yakima Gets Notoriety as an All American Dog Friendly Cool Desert Town

April 14, 2014

Not only has spring been popping up all over, so has Yakima.  In the last few weeks several great distinctions have been thrust upon our fair city:

Coolest Desert Town – Travel and Leisure recently published their list of coolest desert towns, putting Yakima right up there with other places like; Marfa, TX  known for its burgeoning contemporary art scene, Bend, OR for its craft beer scene and of course, Grand Junction, CO for its scenic vistas. 

A Dog Friendly City – National Geographic recently published there list of dog friendly cities.  With a blog ‘written’ by a dog, dog parks, 5K’s for you and your dog, pool days, and a website devoted to visiting Yakima with your dog, it’s no wonder they included Yakima in the list!   

All American City Finalist - The National Civic League recognizes ten communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.  Winners will be selected in June 2014.

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