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Off-leash areas - proposed changes and new locations

The City of Calgary Parks provides over 150 public off-leash areas for Calgarians and their dogs to enjoy.

In 2011, the Off-leash Area Management Plan was developed to provide The City of Calgary with consistent, city-wide guidelines for operating off-leash areas.

Below is information about the off-leash areas currently under review for changes or new implementation.

Evanston proposed off-leash area

The City of Calgary has received multiple requests for off-leash space in NW communities, including Evanston. An analysis of available spaces in those communities was completed, and an area in Evanston was identified as a potentially suitable location.

The City hosted an information session on May 14 to gather feedback and gauge the level of community support to designate that space as an off-leash area. Citizens also had the opportunity to provide online feedback at engage.calgary.ca between May 14 and May 28. Thank you to everyone for participating and providing valuable input.

Public Input Results
Most respondents supported an off-leash designation, the complete summary can be found at engage.calgary.ca.

Decision
The City of Calgary Parks has carefully reviewed the engagement feedback and input from stakeholders and will proceed with a pilot project designating the green space as off-leash. The pilot project will begin December 01, 2018 and end November 30, 2019. The off-leash area will include signage that indicates it is a pilot project, and garbage bins on-site.

Pilot Assessment
The pilot project will be monitored and assessed for responsible pet ownership and use, including the removal of pet waste, pet control, parking violations, citizen complaints and 311 calls. The pilot project will be reviewed in Q1 2020 to determine if the off-leash designation will remain.

The area is 1.5 hectares, and would be intended to serve residents who live within walking distance (up to 800 metres away).
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Learn more about Calgary's off-leash areas​​​