Heather Park proposed dog off-leash area

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Dog with ball, photo by Anna Dudkova

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 the importance of providing off-leash areas (OLAs) within a 15-minute walk of most residents. An OLA at Heather Park will increase access for off-leash dog activities in two priority neighbourhoods that are currently underserved. Heather Park is large enough that a small, fenced off-leash area could be added with minimal impact to other activity spaces in the park.

In our first round of engagement, we heard from you on topics including park use and your likes and dislikes of fenced off-leash areas. Take a look at the engagement summary from round 1.

Round 2 of public engagement ran from April 27-May 18 and has now concluded. Staff are now compiling feedback and an engagement summary will be posted on the project pages when available. Take a look at the round 2 engagement boards to see how your feedback from the first round of engagement shaped the design concept.


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 the importance of providing off-leash areas (OLAs) within a 15-minute walk of most residents. An OLA at Heather Park will increase access for off-leash dog activities in two priority neighbourhoods that are currently underserved. Heather Park is large enough that a small, fenced off-leash area could be added with minimal impact to other activity spaces in the park.

In our first round of engagement, we heard from you on topics including park use and your likes and dislikes of fenced off-leash areas. Take a look at the engagement summary from round 1.

Round 2 of public engagement ran from April 27-May 18 and has now concluded. Staff are now compiling feedback and an engagement summary will be posted on the project pages when available. Take a look at the round 2 engagement boards to see how your feedback from the first round of engagement shaped the design concept.


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.

*Note: the translation service on our website is hosted by Google Translate. As this is a third-party service, we cannot guarantee the quality or accuracy of any translated content.

  • Park description

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    Heather Park is a neighbourhood park located in the north end of the South Cambie Neighbourhood in close proximity to Fairview and Mount Pleasant Neighbourhoods. The park has a lawn (0.6 hectares), a small playground, and four tennis courts. Mature street trees surround the park and provide shade during the hot summer months

  • Why Heather Park?

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

    The maps below show how much of the underserved area can be serviced by off-leash areas at both Heather and Granville Parks.


  • People, Parks and Dogs Strategy

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    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.

Page last updated: 26 May 2022, 10:26 AM