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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 updated recommendations that emerged from consultation and refinement with staff and our stakeholder advisory committee fall under four themes:

  1. Access - More and easy-to-access off-leash areas
  2. Design - Better quality amenities
  3. Stewardship - Formalized role in caring for off-leash areas and new communication channels with Park Board staff
  4. Enforcement - Expanded enforcement

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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Stay informed with this key project information 

Since September 2016, we have had over 7,000 interactions with the public about people, parks and dogs. This included in-person events, online questionnaires and surveys. Catch up on some of the important information here:

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
  • Spring -
    Summer 2017

    Internal review and strategy refinement

  • We are here
  • Fall 2017

    Delivery of the strategy to the Park Board


View our background documents and key project information including the 2012 guidelines for off-leash areas.

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