The City of Winnipeg wants to hear from its dog-loving citizens about the long-awaited off-leash area master plan.
The master plan will present a vision, criteria for determining how off-leash dog parks are selected, an implementation strategy for dog parks, policies to address conflict and maintenance issues, and will identify potential partnership and funding opportunities.
On March 29, 2017 CTV News’ Beth Macdonnell reported that of nine major Canadian cities, Winnipeg has the second highest ratio of licensed dogs per person. It appears that City officials have finally gotten the message that almost 40% of Winnipeg homes have a resident dog – and they’re prepared to do something about it.
The City’s online portal inviting Winnipeggers to get involved acknowledges the growing interest and demand for off-leash dog parks and the corresponding need to expand the City’s off-leash recreational green space.
“In recent years, use of off-leash dog areas has significantly increased, and as a result, a need has been identified to increase the number of off-leash dog areas available to citizens. Based on number of park visits, it is estimated that off-leash dog areas may be one of the most popular activities in Winnipeg parks“, adding that “off-leash dog parks build stronger community ties by fostering social opportunities for dogs and people.”
Public consultation will begin in June. Those interested will be able to provide feedback about current challenges, issues and opportunities for off-leash areas, shared parks, recreational spaces, seasonal sites, and underutilized locations through an online survey and mapping tool, and at pop-ups in parks across the city.
The project team will also be meeting with a wide variety of stakeholders: WINDOG, local dog park advocacy groups, recreation groups, community members, and park users to gather additional information and knowledge.
For more information on how to get involved, follow the link.