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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. 

What's happening

Proposed off-leash areas at Heather and Granville Parks 

To improve access to dog off-leash areas across Vancouver, we are proposing new, fenced off-leash areas at both Heather Park and Granville Park. In fall 2021, we will be seeking input from the community to help us design a safe and engaging park space.  

Provide your feedback from September 23 to October 15, 2021.

Give feedback on Heather Park
 

Give feedback on Granville Park 


Off-leash area renewal and proposed expansion at Emery Barnes Park

We’re planning a full renewal and potential expansion of the off-leash area at Emery Barnes Park. 

Provide your feedback from September 23 to October 15, 2021.

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John Hendry Park master plan

The John Hendry Park master plan includes the off-leash area.

Public consultation for the draft master plan will take place in fall 2021. 

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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.

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.

Background

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.