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Effective April 4, the City has closed four fenced dog parks and is now restricting 38 off-leash areas to on-leash only, until further notice. 

The City has closed four fenced dog parks and is now restricting all other dog parks to on-leash only, until further notice. This action addresses crowding issues and promotes better physical distancing, which helps to manage the spread of COVID-19. 

Keeping dogs on-leash reduces the potential for owners to have to intervene should their dog approach another dog or individual. This helps dog park users maintain two metre physical distancing, which is now a legal requirement in Edmonton and province-wide. 

City of Edmonton Peace Officers are monitoring the more-than-forty parks with off-leash areas. People who do not keep their dogs on-leash as of April 4 are subject to warnings and fines. This restriction will be in effect until further notice.

Gates will be locked at four dog parks: Lauderdale, Paisley, Alex Decoteau and Manning Village.

For further information, please contact 311. 

Q&As

Updated April 3

Dogs On Leash - New Dog Park Closures and Off-leash Restrictions 

Why is the City introducing the on-leash only restriction at off-leash areas?

The safety of Edmontonians is the City’s top priority. Keeping dogs on-leash will help dog owners maintain the required two metres of physical distance between themselves and others. It reduces the potential for dog owners to have to intervene should their dog approach another dog or individual.

What areas are closed?

Four dog parks are closed: Lauderdale, Paisley, Alex Decoteau and Manning Village. They will be closed by locking gate access. All other off-leash areas are now on-leash only.

How long will the restriction last?

All off-leash areas are restricted to on-leash only as of April 4 and until further notice.

What should people do if they see dogs off-leash?

City of Edmonton Peace Officers are monitoring off-leash areas. People who do not keep their dogs on-leash are subject to warnings or a $100 fine. People who are concerned about dogs off-leash can call 311.

What will happen if people don’t maintain physical distancing in dog parks even with their dogs on-leash?

If City Peace Officers continue to see a lack of physical distancing, the City may close these areas entirely.

Where in Edmonton can people let their dogs go off-leash?

With the new restriction, dogs are not allowed to be loose and off-leash anywhere in Edmonton unless they are on a person’s private property.

Are people still allowed to be outside and using parks? Aren’t we all supposed to stay at home?

The City encourages dog owners to be outside safely with their dogs on-leash and maintain two metres of physical distance between themselves and others. The City’s action is in line with Alberta Health Services advice that people who are not in self-isolation or quarantine can go for walks while maintaining two metres of physical distance from others.

Will you be reducing dog licence costs because of this measure?

No. Pet licences help the City reunite owners with their lost pets. Pet licence fees also help pay for many important services including supporting local rescues and shelters and providing emergency first-aid veterinary care to injured, lost and stray animals. 

Edmonton has over 40 areas where your dog can run and play without having you on the other end of the leash. You too, can get physical and emotional benefits from exercise and by socializing with other dog owners.

Disclaimer:  Use of City of Edmonton dog parks is at your own risk. Owners are legally responsible for the actions and behaviours of their dog(s) at all times. By entering a City of Edmonton dog park, the user agrees to hold the City of Edmonton harmless and free from liability from any actions of any park user(s) or their dog(s). Park users agree to fully comply with all of the park rules. The City of Edmonton assumes no responsibility for any accidents/injuries to dogs or people while in the dog park. The City of Edmonton is not responsible for lost dogs or any injury to dogs, adults, or children. Usage of this dog park constitutes acknowledgement of this Disclaimer.

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Off-Leash Area Basics

What you need to know about off-leash areas:
Before You Go
  • License your dog
  • Have your dog vaccinated
  • Make sure your dog obeys your voice commands immediately
  • Remember to bring your pooper scooper
At An Off-Leash Area
  • Look out for other users. The City has a multi-use policy, so expect to share off leash areas with people that don't bring dogs
  • Keep your dog within your sight
  • Have your leash always ready, even in off leash areas
    Remember to use your pooper scooper
  • Bear in mind Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw C13145 and Parkland Bylaw C2202
Restricted Dogs

A restricted dog is a dog that has been deemed restricted as a result of a conviction under the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw for any of the sections pertaining to chases, attacks or bites. Restricted dogs must be leashed and muzzled any time they are outside the owner's property. Restricted dogs are not allowed in off leash areas.

Fines
Issue Fine
No licence $250
Failure to scoop $100
Dog bite causing injury $500-$2500
Dog attack, no injury $100
Dog not under control $100
Dog on posted parkland, school ground, playground, picnic site, golf course, roadway and flower beds $100
Dog off leash in a non-designated area (including paved trails) $100
Failure to display dog licence tag $100
Failure to carry a leash $100
Failure to control or leash a dog $100

For More Information

Parks and River Valley Operations - General Information

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton:  780-442-5311

Off Leash Program Coordinator

For Off Leash Area questions and Dogs Off Leash Ambassador Program applications:

Telephone

311

Email OffLeash@edmonton.ca

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