District of Sparwood Staff are exploring the option of creating one or more off-leash dog parks in Sparwood.

The Dog Park Working Group is seeking input from the public on their preferences between two possible locations for an off-leash dog park in Sparwood. The locations being considered, are:

  1. a portion of the lands near the cross-country ski trails east of Sparwood Drive in Sparwood Heights
  2. a portion of the wooded land along Pine Avenue, north of the public works yard

Both areas would require some work (some ground levelling and minor tree removal) to provide a comfortable place to let dogs play.

The Working Group will use the input from the public to help inform their final recommendations to Council on an off-leash dog park in Sparwood later this summer.

The survey poll that has been created to get input from residents is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJ7LYGP and in hard copy at the Main Office (136 Spruce Avenue) and Recreation & Leisure Centre (367 Pine Avenue).

Completed surveys will be accepted until July 31, 2018.

A survey was open from July to mid-September to get input about dog parks. We had 126 responses to the survey and a summary of the results is available here.

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The following resources are available for review:

We are welcoming thoughts, comments and concerns about this project. Please submit them to sparwood@sparwood.ca.

Why do we need off-leash dog park(s)?
Off-leash dog parks would provide dog owners with specific areas to let their dogs go off-leash safely and socially. This will benefit not only dog owners, who currently have no permitted area to let their dogs off-leash, but also the wider public, as the bylaw requiring dogs to be leashed is not always followed. Having a specific area for off-leash dogs would guide dog owners to this space, rather than utilize areas of Sparwood which are not permitted to have dogs off-leash.

Where will the off-leash dog park(s) go?
The location of the dog park(s) will be determined over the next year. The first step is determining what concerns residents may have about any future dog park(s), what location preferences residents have, and what types of features dog park users are looking for.

What are the current rules for off-leash dogs in the District of Sparwood?
No animals, including cats and dogs, may run at large in the District of Sparwood. If your pet is off your property, it must be on a leash and led by a competent person. Failure to comply may result in a fine of $100