What you need to know
Off-leash area renewal and expansion at Emery Barnes Park
We’re planning a full renewal and expansion of the off-leash area at Emery Barnes Park.
Based on input from round 2 of public engagement, the design was revised and the final concept is now available. The final concept design was approved by the Park Board in spring 2023.
New off-leash areas coming to Heather and Granville Parks
To improve access to dog off-leash areas in Kitsilano, Fairview, and Mount Pleasant, new, fenced off-leash areas are coming to both Heather Park and Granville Park.
Based on input from round 2 of public engagement, the designs have been revised and the final concepts are now available. The final concept designs were approved by the Park Board in spring 2023.
John Hendry Park renewal plan approved by Park Board
The John Hendry Park Renewal Plan was approved in May 2022. The plan will see the dog off-leash area remain in its current location, its boundaries will be clearly defined, and amenities added (for example, signage, dog wash station, lighting in certain areas, seating) as per the People, Parks and Dogs Strategy.
- Download the John Hendry Park Renewal Plan and staff report PDF file (18.6 MB)
- Review the amendments and meeting minutes PDF file (671 KB)
Did you know?
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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Our dog population is growing and so is the demand to recreate off-leash dog areas in our parks and public spaces.
The People, Parks, and Dogs strategy reviewed what is working well and what challenges are coming up in Vancouver’s off-leash areas. This review helps us identify what is most needed to support sharing limited park space and reduce conflicts.
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.
The vision for the strategy is:
- To promote the comfort and safety of all park users by fostering responsible dog ownership through clarifying rules, boundaries, and etiquette for dog off-leash activities in parks.
- To integrate a variety of appealing and safe dog off-leash spaces in our parks that are easily accessed by local residents.
The recommendations fall within four themes.
Since the strategy was adopted in October 2017, we have been working towards implementing all of the recommendations.
Check out our current off-leash area projects around Vancouver.
Find all of Vancouver’s dog parks and off-leash areas, whether in your neighbourhood or along the water.
Learn more about the pilot dog waste collection program and how it aligns with the Zero Waste goal.
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