Vancouver dog parks focus of new Park Board public survey

Sep 9 2016, 5:18 am

The Vancouver Park Board launched a new survey this week on how we want to share our parks with our four-legged friends in the furry future.

The survey is part of its People, Parks & Dogs strategy, aimed at minimizing conflict as Vancouver’s dog population continues to grow.

“We are eager to hear from park users about what works and what doesn’t in terms of dogs in parks,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung in a release.

“The goal is to create welcoming and well-designed areas for people with and without dogs.”

There are an estimated 145,000 dogs in Vancouver. Meanwhile, there are more than 230 parks in the city. Dogs are allowed on-leash in all of them, and off-leash in 36 areas.

You can tell the Park Board what you think about the safety, maintenance, location and design of dog off-leash areas between now and October 14.

As well as the online survey, there will also be a series of drop-in open houses throughout the city. The schedule can be found here:

An advisory group of dog owners, residents without dogs, industry representatives, seniors, cyclists, community gardeners and environmental groups is also providing input.

A final report with recommendations will go to the Park Board in spring 2017.

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