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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.

What's happening

We want to hear from you: Coopers' Park

Provide feedback on the Coopers’ Park dog off-leash area renewal. Survey closes April 6.

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Survey feedback

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts our new off-leash areas (OLAs) at Renfrew Community and Sunset Park.

Review the survey summary (1 MB)

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How the strategy is guiding us

The People, Parks, and Dogs strategy (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.

Key priorities

Through mapping and analysis (354 KB), 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:

  • Kitsilano
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Downtown
  • West End
  • Grandview-Woodland
  • Fairview

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.

Signage update

Feedback from the People, Parks, & Dogs 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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Dogs at beaches

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)

Review details on all dog off-leash areas

Other resources

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

Learn more about the pilot dog waste collection program and how it aligns with the Zero Waste goal.

Responsible dog ownership

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

Request park improvements

Know of a perfect off-leash area location? We review requests regularly to see how they align with capital funding and planning strategies.


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

Contact Park Board Commissioners

Do you have a question or comment for the Park Board Commissioners? Tell us about it now using our online form.