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

The Dog Park Working Group recently sought input from the public on their preferences between two possible locations for an off-leash dog park in Sparwood. 

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. Construction is expected to begin in Spring, 2019. 

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