The City of Winnipeg is asking for dog owners’ feedback on its long-awaited proposed city-wide off-leash dog park master plan.The plan is scheduled to go to City Council for approval in 2018.
With your help, the plan when completed, will address the growing interest and demand for off-leash dog parks in Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Network of Dog Owner Groups (WINDOG), of which Kilcona Park Dog Club and Maple Grove Park Dog Owners Association are founding members, expects the plan will create standards for the level of services and amenities for Winnipeg’s regional, community, and neighbourhood dog parks. These parks are the only public spaces where dogs can legally be off-leash to exercise and socialize with other dogs and other people.
WINDOG has asked the City to approve a plan that will ensure dog parks are single-use parks. WINDOG believes that – just as municipal golf courses, soccer and baseball fields, skateboard parks, and children’s pools and splash pads are all designated for specific user groups – dogs and their families need their own designated recreational spaces.
However, during the planning process, there has been some resistance on the part of City officials and consultants to the concept of single-use dog parks.
WINDOG encourages all dog park users to to complete the City’s survey. Let City officials know your views – why you and your dogs value of off-leash areas and what services and amenities you expect in dog parks. View the survey site and check out the City’s presentation boards at http://winnipeg.ca/offleashareas