Heather Park: proposed off-leash area

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Dog with ball, photo by Anna Dudkova

Share your thoughts about a new dog off-leash area (OLA) in Heather Park.

The Park Board approved the People, Parks and Dogs (PPD) Strategy in 2017, to help deliver well-planned and designed parks that accommodate park users with and without dogs. Selection criteria in the strategy identified Heather Park as a suitable location for a new off-leash area.

Our next step is to hold a series of public engagements to help us learn from the community and design a safe and engaging park space for people with and without dogs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. The survey for the first round of engagement is now closed and results will be posted in November.

Why Heather Park?

The People, Parks and Dogs Strategy identified the importance of providing off-leash areas (OLAs) within a 15 minute walk for most residents. OLAs at Heather and Granville Parks will increase access for dog off-leash activity in three priority neighbourhoods that are currently underserved. Both Granville and Heather Parks have suitable space and amenities that an off-leash area could be added while maintaining space for other activities.

The following criteria in the PPD strategy was used to identify Heather Park as a site for a new dog off-leash area:

  • Add new dog off-leash areas and prioritize under-served and densely populated neighbourhoods. (Kitsilano and Fairview identified as highest priority)
  • Provide access to Neighbourhood dog off-leash area within an approx. 15 minute walk of most residents
  • Provide a variety of dog off-leash areas
  • Compatibility with existing park uses

Share your thoughts about a new dog off-leash area (OLA) in Heather Park.

The Park Board approved the People, Parks and Dogs (PPD) Strategy in 2017, to help deliver well-planned and designed parks that accommodate park users with and without dogs. Selection criteria in the strategy identified Heather Park as a suitable location for a new off-leash area.

Our next step is to hold a series of public engagements to help us learn from the community and design a safe and engaging park space for people with and without dogs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. The survey for the first round of engagement is now closed and results will be posted in November.

Why Heather Park?

The People, Parks and Dogs Strategy identified the importance of providing off-leash areas (OLAs) within a 15 minute walk for most residents. OLAs at Heather and Granville Parks will increase access for dog off-leash activity in three priority neighbourhoods that are currently underserved. Both Granville and Heather Parks have suitable space and amenities that an off-leash area could be added while maintaining space for other activities.

The following criteria in the PPD strategy was used to identify Heather Park as a site for a new dog off-leash area:

  • Add new dog off-leash areas and prioritize under-served and densely populated neighbourhoods. (Kitsilano and Fairview identified as highest priority)
  • Provide access to Neighbourhood dog off-leash area within an approx. 15 minute walk of most residents
  • Provide a variety of dog off-leash areas
  • Compatibility with existing park uses
  • Park description

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    Heather Park is a neighbourhood park located in the north end of the South Cambie Neighbourhood. The park has an open playing field (0.6 hectares), a small playground area, and four tennis courts. Mature street trees surround the park and provide shade during the hot summer months. A preliminary analysis of the park revealed that the layout of existing amenities on the west side of Heather Park makes it a suitable location for a new off-leash area due to the available space and compatibility with adjacent park amenities.

  • Why Heather Park?

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    Why Heather Park?

    The People, Parks and Dogs Strategy identified the importance of providing off-leash areas (OLAs) within a 15 minute walk for most residents. OLAs at Heather and Granville Parks will increase access for dog off-leash activity in three priority neighbourhoods that are currently underserved. Both Granville and Heather Parks have suitable space and amenities that an off-leash area could be added while maintaining space for other activities.

    The following criteria in the PPD strategy was used to identify Heather Park as a site for a new dog off-leash area:

    • Add new dog off-leash areas and prioritize under-served and densely populated neighbourhoods. (Kitsilano and Fairview identified as highest priority)
    • Provide access to Neighbourhood dog off-leash area within an approx. 15 minute walk of most residents
    • Provide a variety of dog off-leash areas
    • Compatibility with existing park uses

  • People, Parks, and Dogs Strategy

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    About 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.

    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
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