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

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.


Would you like to see a positive change at your dog off-leash area? 

The Park Board launched an initiative this summer to recognize and encourage stewardship in Vancouver’s off-leash areas.

Find out how you can become a steward.

Off-leash areas update

Check out the new, upgraded, and proposed off-leash areas throughout Vancouver!

The off-leash areas include a wide range of amenities from:

  • Fencing
  • Surface material
  • Seating
  • Agility features
  • Clear signage

Signage update

Feedback from the People, Parks, & Dog strategy identified inconsistent and confusing signage.
Visit the following parks to see the first phase of updated signage:
  • 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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Dog signage

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Dog off-leash areas

Find all of Vancouver’s dog parks and off-leash areas , whether in your neighbourhood or along the water.

Dog waste collection

Dog waste collection carts will be installed at 3 parks throughout the city as part of a pilot project.

Responsible dog ownership

Owning a dog is a happy experience, but it's a lot of responsibility too. Be aware of everything that you will have to do if you own a dog.


View our background documents and key project information including the 2012 guidelines for off-leash areas.