People Parks and Dogs
The need for this Vancouver Dogs in Parks Strategy emerged from the growing urban dog population and the recognition that “recreating with a dog is a legitimate park use”.
The existing 36 dog off-leash areas in Vancouver were mapped, evaluated and their park visitors surveyed - creating a view of how off-leash areas, licensed dogs and people are distributed across the city. This analysis made clear where there’s demand for more off-leash areas now and in the future. This research also leads to a better understanding of how people and dogs uses these spaces. Park board and City staff were consulted to gather the challenges and opportunities they associated with dog activity in Vancouver parks. A precedent study of dog strategies in other cities was conducted.
All the information gathered from research and analysis was used to develop guiding principles. Strategies and recommendations for the development of Vancouver’s off-leash areas were driven by these principles.
Vancouver, BC (citywide)
Public Consultation, Research and Analysis, Concept Development, Guidelines
Strategy adopted by the Vancouver Park Board Fall 2017.
Kirk and Co., Public Architecture + Communication, Mountain Math, Rebecca Ledger
City of Edmonton - Dog off leash strategy, City of Surrey - Dog off leash strategy.