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

The Vancouver Park Board is working on a comprehensive strategy to create safe and engaging park spaces for people with and without dogs.

Draft recommendations

The recommendations that emerged from your feedback from fall 2016 fall under five themes:

  1. Design and amenities: Support the needs of people with and without dogs in parks with off-leash areas.
  2. Boundaries: Provide clear and effective off-leash area boundaries.
  3. Access: Improve access to dog off-leash areas throughout Vancouver.
  4. Variety of parks: Offer a variety of off-leash experiences.
  5. Stewardship: Formalize residents’ role in off-leash area stewardship boundaries.

Learn more about the key draft recommendations in the discussion guide PDF file (2.5 MB)

Strategy goals

  1. Draw on the expertise and experience of park staff, park planners and designers, park user groups, and the general public.
  2. Provide evidence-based policy recommendations.
  3. Lay the foundation for well-designed off-leash areas.
  4. Help Vancouver parks meet the needs of a broad range of users.

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Get involved and help shape the strategy
– open houses and online survey

In fall 2016, we received more than 4,000 pieces of feedback from residents on the challenges and opportunities related to dog activity in Vancouver parks.

Now we’re asking for your feedback on key draft recommendations PDF file (2.5 MB) aimed to improve how people with and without dogs share Vancouver parks.

Share your thoughts

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the People, Parks, and Dogs Strategy and the draft recommendations.

We are now analyzing the feedback we received.

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Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Apr 2016

    Planning process begins

  • Jun 2016

    Creation of advisory committee

  • Sep – Oct 2016

    Round 1 consultation

    • Online questionnaire
    • Open houses and small group meetings
  • Nov 2016

    Development of draft recommendations

  • Winter 2017

    Round 2 consultation

  • Summer 2017

    • Online questionnaire
    • Open houses and small group meetings
  • We are here
  • Fall 2017

    Delivery of the strategy to the Park Board


View our consultation documents and learn about the 2012 dog off-leash area guidelines.