Off-leash area

Dogs to get another park where they can run free

"The number of people and dogs in Vancouver is growing and so it’s more important than ever to balance different uses of parks and public spaces,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.

December 18 2018 –

The Vancouver Park Board has approved the addition of a new off-leash area (OLA) to Pandora Park.

The new fenced .25 hectare space for dogs to run free will be located in the northwest area of the park and will open next year. It will include a looped path, access to drinking water, shade trees, and seating areas.

Four new off-leash areas

A total of four new OLAs have been planned for parks across the city since the People, Parks and Dogs Strategy was approved by the Board last year.

A new OLA opened this fall at Renfrew Community Park. Next year, a pilot OLA at Burrardview Park will be transitioned to permanent status, while a time-of-use restricted pilot OLA will begin at George Wainborn Park. An OLA at Sunset Park received upgrades this year.

 “The board considers all park users with and without dogs when creating new OLAs. The number of people and dogs in Vancouver is growing and so it’s more important than ever to balance different uses of parks and public spaces,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.

Six neighbourhoods underserved by off-leash areas

“Grandview-Woodland, where Pandora Park is located, is one of six neighbourhoods currently underserved by existing OLAs.”

There are currently 37 OLAs throughout Vancouver. Since the adoption of the People, Parks and Dogs Strategy, the board has been working towards creating new OLAs in underserved neighbourhoods and improving existing OLAs.

This year, the board launched an ambitious initiative to recognize and encourage stewardship in OLAs. Dog ambassadors held pop up events at community centres and parks to consult with dog owners on how they would like to get more involved. They also hosted a speaker series on dog behavior to build community amongst dog owners and start a discussion on ways to activate OLA stewardship. Residents can sign up to receive stewardship updates at parkstewards@vancouver.ca.