We adopted the People, Parks, and Dogs Strategy in October 2017 to help create safe and engaging park spaces for people with and without dogs.
Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts our new off-leash areas (OLAs) at Renfrew Community and Sunset Park.
How the strategy is guiding us
The People, Parks, and Dogs strategy PDF file (6 MB) provides a framework for the next ten years and beyond, to deliver well-planned and designed parks that accommodate park users with and without dogs and minimize conflict.
The recommendations fall within four themes.
Through mapping and analysis PDF file (2 MB), six neighbourhoods were identified in the strategy as underserved.
To provide equitable access across the city, priority for new or enhanced dog off-leash areas are based on combined assessments of:
- The greatest number of licenced dogs
- The highest residential population density
- Projected population growth
The 6 neighbourhoods are:
- Mount Pleasant
- West End
What we have done
Since the strategy was adopted in October 2017, we have been working towards implementing all the recommendations.
Check out the new, upgraded, and proposed off-leash areas throughout Vancouver.
- Andy Livingstone Park
- Devonian Harbour Park
- Emery Barnes Park
- Hinge Park
- Nelson Park
- New Brighton Park
- Sunset Beach Dog Park
- Sunset Park
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By City of Vancouver
Dogs are only allowed at the following beaches and must be in the designated off-leash areas:
- New Brighton Park (seasonal and time restrictions apply)
- John Hendry Park
- Spanish Banks Beach Park
- Sunset Beach Park
- Hadden Park (seasonal and time restrictions apply)
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