Approved guidelines for dog off-leash areas
Dog off-leash areas should be conveniently located across the city, providing for both neighbourhood and destination use. Off-leash areas should be carefully located within parks, considering other park uses and environmentally sensitive areas.
Dog off-leash areas should be available all day for off-leash use. The Park Board and Animal Control should continue to work together to decrease conflicts.
Websites and signage concerning dog off-leash area locations, boundaries, and rules should be clear and easy to understand.
Dog off-leash areas should be attractive to dogs and dog owners, and constructed with durable, dog-friendly materials.
Fencing or natural barriers should be used to reduce conflict, prioritizing high-conflict areas and ensuring appropriate fencing and separation for each park. (This guideline was amended to reflect public feedback.)
Draft guidelines online forum summary of results
Draft guidelines were posted to an online forum for the public to vote "agree" or "disagree" and to comment on each guideline from June 5 to July 4, 2012.
Comments were visible to all users, allowing for discussion between participants. Comments were also welcomed through email or by letter to the Park Board. The online forum was advertised through social media, City webpages, seven local newspapers, and a CBC Radio interview.
542 comments were made by 286 forum participants, in addition to 40 emails and 3 letters. The percentages of "agree" votes from the online forum are listed below to show support for the draft guidelines:
- Communication guideline (98% agree)
- Location guideline (95% agree)
- Rules guideline (94% agree)
- Design guideline (92% agree)
- Fencing guideline (62% agree)