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People, Parks, and Dogs: A strategy for sharing Vancouver's parks

We have an extensive network of parks that provide year-round recreation opportunities, including facilities for people with their dogs. 

Like many North American cities, Vancouver’s dog population continues to rise and there is greater competition for the use of parks and public spaces. With population growth and increased density, we have identified the need for a comprehensive strategy for how parks can be used by people and dogs. 

The strategy will provide a framework for parks to be well-planned and designed to minimize conflict and accommodate all park users.


The Park Board approved the Dog off-leash area guidelines in 2012.

Read about the guidelines

What will be included in the strategy

In spring 2016, the Park Board engaged a team of consultants, led by space2place design, to develop People, Parks, and Dogs, a strategy for sharing Vancouver's parks. 

The comprehensive strategy will:

  • Provide evidence-based and data-driven policy recommendations for the development and management of our city’s dog facilities
  • Draw on the expertise and experience of park staff, professionals, park user groups, and the general public
  • Lay the foundation for well-designed off-leash areas that are successfully integrated within the our park system and the neighbourhoods they serve
  • Assist the Park Board in ensuring park facilities throughout the city meet the needs of park users

How you can provide feedback

The Park Board is committed to engaging with a diverse range of park users – including dog owners, cyclists, persons with disabilities, children and youth, seniors, sport and environmental groups, and others – to gather input into a strategy for park use by people and dogs.

You will soon have several opportunities to learn more and provide feedback during People, Parks, and Dogs planning process. 

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