Off-Leash Redevelopment Project
About this Project
We are looking at updating this park to enhance the space and promote healthy interactions between all park users. This project will include adding natural boundaries, low profile fencing, and removal of noxious weeds
Background & Timeline
Construction is due to start again tentatively Monday, October 22 for approximately three (3) weeks (weather dependent).
This phase of construction will include:
- The installation of a secondary gravel pathway to be located between the existing paved regional pathway and the shoreline from the dog beach, south over the existing wooden bridge to the existing paved pathway just north of the entrance by the library parking lot.
- Construction will address existing drainage issues in the park, specifically in areas where stormwater pools on the regional pathway. Some of these areas being rehabbed will cause a temporary closure on some sections of the pathway. Please respect the posted signage.
- Sodded berms to be installed in pinch points between the regional pathway and active dog play areas.
Footsteps of the dog beach as well as the use of goats for plant management & reclamation of the park. More information here.
An Open House was held on May 30 to gather residents’ feedback on the proposed concept for the park. You can view the slides and introductory video above.
In the winter of 2018, City staff secured a consulting team for the project. Repairs to the lake access point for the dogs (a pebble dog beach) were completed while the lake water was lowered. A preliminary conceptual plan was developed in the spring and presented to residents at an open house on May 30.
Based on the study and public engagement from 2016, City staff created a three year budget which was approved by City Council. Following the budget creation, they created a 'Request for Proposal' and project scope to secure a contractor.
In 2016, the Parks and Recreation Division presented an off-leash area/dog park management study, as planning for current and future off-leash areas is important in establishing a positive environment for all park users.
The study included:
- Reviewing the suitability of the current dog park location after the research and consultation process has been completed
- Consulting with residents, experts and other municipalities to inform the findings
View this presentation for survey findings.
View this infographic for workshop results.
For more information, please contact the City’s Community Recreation Coordinator at (403) 207-2807 or email
Note: As part of the City's weed management approach to the park, goats will be visiting the off-leash area three times this summer. More information here.