Why renew Emery Barnes dog off-leash area?

    The People, Parks & Dogs Strategy identified Downtown as a high priority neighbourhood in need of new and renewed dog off-leash areas. As one of the most highly used OLAs in Vancouver, it is essential to improve the Emery Barnes OLA to withstand frequent and heavy use. Due to a growing population of dogs in Downtown, an expansion of the OLA is also being proposed in order to further accommodate the high number of dogs using this space.

    The following information in the PPD strategy helped to identify Emery Barnes Park as an off-leash area in need of renewal:

    • Prioritize under-served and densely populated neighbourhoods
    • Downtown was identified as a high priority neighbourhood
    • Provide access to neighbourhood dog off-leash areas within an approximate 15 minute walk of most Vancouver residents
    • Provide a variety of dog off-leash areas
    • Compatibility with existing park uses

    Given the limited space in the downtown core for new off-leash areas, it is important to renew and enhance existing facilities to accommodate the growing number of dogs in the city. With your feedback, we hope to create a safe and engaging park space for people with and without dogs.

    Who is leading the project?

    The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is leading the project.

    How can I stay updated about the project?

    How can I get involved? / receive future Off Leash Area updates?

    Sign up for email updates about dog related projects using by selecting the tab "Email sign up for OLA updates" on this page.

    What are the priority neighborhoods for Off-Leash Areas

    In an effort to provide equitable distribution of OLAs within the city, the locations for new OLAs are determined based on the prioritization of underserved areas as defined in the strategy. Areas identified as highest priority based on combined assessments and ranked in order of priority by survey respondents were:

    • 47% Kitsilano
    • 45% Mount Pleasant
    • 35% Downtown
    • 33% West End
    • 32% Grandview-Woodland
    • 19% Fairview

    What is the People, Parks and Dogs Strategy?

    The People, Parks & Dogs Strategy (2017) provides a framework to deliver well-planned and designed parks with dog off-leash areas that ensure the comfort and safety of all park users with recommendations within four themes – access, design, stewardship and enforcement. Through mapping and analysis, the strategy identified six neighbourhoods considered deficient in dog off-leash areas. Through this strategy, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is committed to providing equitable access across the city and improving access to OLAs.

    Public engagement is an important part in implementing the recommendations of the strategy. Input from all park users will help to ensure the successful renewal of this well-used amenity, while supporting a safe and comfortable experience for all park users, with and without dogs.