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People, Parks, and Dogs: Park Board seeks feedback on time restrictions, boundaries, and stewardship in off-leash dog areas

January 31 2017

“The Park Board is keen to hear the public’s feedback on these recommendations,” said Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe. “We look forward to finalizing a strategy this spring that will improve the shared use of our parks by people with and without dogs.”

A woman stands at the shore of Kitsilano Beach while her dog plays in the water.

The Vancouver Park Board is set to begin round two of a citywide consultation on People, Parks, and Dogs next week. This will complete the community engagement that began last year allowing the Board to chart a path toward greater shared use of parks for the next decades.
 
We received more than 4,000 responses from the public in the first round of this consultation and we've now come up with draft recommendations for round two.

These recommendations offer more clarity and consistency for all park users and encourage a new model of community responsibility, stewardship, and respect for parks, people, and four-legged friends.

Give your feedback on the draft recommendations

In round two of the consultation, we're asking for your feedback on the draft recommendations. For example, we propose to:

  • Outline new types and priority locations for off-leash areas with clear boundaries
  • Remove time restrictions at off-leash areas where appropriate, while clearly restricting this activity on sports fields and in ecologically-sensitive areas
  • Propose neighbourhood networks of off-leash stewards and an expanded code of conduct to support responsible shared use of our parks

The recommendations are grouped in five themes:

  1. Stewardship: Formalize citizens’ role in off-leash area stewardship
  2. Access: Improve access to dog off-leash areas throughout the city
  3. Boundaries: Provide clear and effective off-leash area boundaries
  4. Variety of parks: Offer a variety of off-leash experiences in destination-, neighbourhood-, and downtown parks
  5. Design and amenities: Support the needs of people with and without dogs in parks with off-leash areas

We created the draft recommendations based on:

  • Feedback from round one of the consultation
  • Lessons learned from other cities
  • Analysis of existing off-leash areas in Vancouver

Ways to participate

“The Park Board is keen to hear the public’s feedback on these recommendations,” said Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe. “We look forward to finalizing a strategy this spring that will improve the shared use of our parks by people with and without dogs.”

Take our online survey, and join our eight drop-in open houses and small group discussions throughout the city. The round two consultation period runs from January 31 to March 10, 2017.

Learn more and participate

The final recommendations in the People, Parks, and Dogs citywide strategy are expected to go to the elected Park Board for review and decisions in late-May or early-June 2017.