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

What you need to know

We adopted the People, Parks, and Dogs Strategy (6 MB) in October 2017 to help create safe and engaging park spaces for people with and without dogs. 

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.

Learn more on Shape Your City 

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.

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Heather Park
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Granville Park

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.

Learn more about
the renewal plan

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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Understanding Vancouver's dog off-leash areas

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.

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.

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.

What we are doing

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.

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.

Suggest a new park feature or amenity

Our Park Development and Planning teams review suggestions on a regular basis 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 us

Give feedback about a park, community centre, pool, rink, or other Park Board facility.