Emery Barnes Park dog off-leash area renewal & proposed expansion

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In 2017, we approved the People, Parks and Dogs Strategy to help deliver carefully designed parks for people with and without dogs. The strategy identified Downtown as being in need of additional and renewed off-leash areas (OLAs) to support the high number of licensed dogs in the neighbourhood. Improvements to the OLA are necessary to withstand the impacts of daily use, and a proposed expansion could help to accommodate the growing number of dogs in the area while maintaining the existing activity spaces in the park.

In round 1 of public engagement, we posted signage in the park, our email newsletter went to 505 people, social media informed followers of our survey, and we sent 49,320 postcards to households and businesses near the park. We heard from you on topics including park use and potential OLA expansion. Take a look at the engagement summary from round 1.

In this second round of public engagement, the design concept shown was shaped by your feedback from round one and we are now seeking your input on the proposal. Take a look at the engagement boards to see how your feedback has taken shape.

Round 2 of public engagement has been extended and the survey will now be available until May 18. Take the survey below to let us know what you think.


The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation acknowledges, with respect, that our parks are located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

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In 2017, we approved the People, Parks and Dogs Strategy to help deliver carefully designed parks for people with and without dogs. The strategy identified Downtown as being in need of additional and renewed off-leash areas (OLAs) to support the high number of licensed dogs in the neighbourhood. Improvements to the OLA are necessary to withstand the impacts of daily use, and a proposed expansion could help to accommodate the growing number of dogs in the area while maintaining the existing activity spaces in the park.

In round 1 of public engagement, we posted signage in the park, our email newsletter went to 505 people, social media informed followers of our survey, and we sent 49,320 postcards to households and businesses near the park. We heard from you on topics including park use and potential OLA expansion. Take a look at the engagement summary from round 1.

In this second round of public engagement, the design concept shown was shaped by your feedback from round one and we are now seeking your input on the proposal. Take a look at the engagement boards to see how your feedback has taken shape.

Round 2 of public engagement has been extended and the survey will now be available until May 18. Take the survey below to let us know what you think.


The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation acknowledges, with respect, that our parks are located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Translations

The automatic translation tool* is available for: Traditional Chinese [繁體中文] Simplified Chinese [简体中文] Punjabi [ਪੰਜਾਬੀ], Filipino [Tagalog], Vietnamese [Tiếng Việt], French [Français], Korean [한국어], Japanese [日本語] and Spanish [Español] – please see the tool at the top-right of this page.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We’re planning a renewal of the existing dog off-leash area (OLA) and proposing an expansion for a separate small/shy dog area to add to the overall OLA space in Emery Barnes Park. Improvements to the OLA are guided by the People, Parks and Dogs Strategy (2017), with the goal of creating carefully designed parks for people with and without dogs.  

    Emery Barnes is a well-loved park that balances a variety of features including the OLA. Improvements to the OLA are necessary to address ongoing safety and maintenance issues, as well as to accommodate the growing number of dogs in the area. In all of Vancouver, Emery Barnes Park serves the second highest number of licensed dogs living within 1 km of an OLA. Click here to see the engagement boards and initial design concept.

    What is planned? OLA renewal including:

    • A proposed expansion for a separate small/shy dog area
    • Improved and more durable surfacing
    • Agility features for enrichment
    • Amenities to improve experience and comfort 
    • Accessible pathways

    This online survey has been will be open April 20 to May 18.

    The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Before starting, please ensure that you are using an updated version of your browser (Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). If you encounter any problems and are able to take a screenshot or video of the issue, please email offleash@vancouver.ca. If you would prefer an email, PDF, or paper version of the survey, please email offleash@vancouver.ca to request one.

    Survey closed
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