The Pop-Up Dog Park program is launching in spring 2023 to bring temporary pop-up dog parks to neighbourhoods around Edmonton. Check back for more information on how you can provide feedback and see where pop-up dog parks are located.

What is the pop-up dog park program?

This program installs temporary pop-up dog parks in neighbourhoods identified as high need for an off-leash area. All pop-up dog parks have dog waste bags and dispensers, signage that includes the responsibilities of dog owners and clearly identified boundaries. Up to 30 pop-up dog parks will be installed throughout Edmonton starting in spring 2023 and will be operating for up to 6 months.

Which neighbourhoods are being proposed?

Pop-up dog parks are proposed for: 

  • Trumpeter or Starling or Hawks Ridge
  • Westview Village
  • Secord or Rosenthal
  • Suder Greens or Webber Greens
  • Granville or Breckenridge Greens
  • The Hamptons or Glastonbury
  • Edgemont
  • Jamieson Place
  • La Perle
  • Brittania Youngstown or Glenwood
  • Glenora
  • Windermere
  • South Terwillegar
  • Haddow/Terwillegar Towne
  • Ambleside or Glenridding Heights
  • Allard
  • Rutherford
  • Summerside or Walker
  • Crawford Plains
  • Matt Berry or Hollick Kenyon
  • Kilkenny
How were the neighbourhoods and sites selected?

Neighbourhoods were selected for placement of pop-up dog parks by their proximity to existing off-leash areas, number of licensed dogs, requests for the establishment of off-leash areas by citizens and presence of off-leash dogs. 

Some of the considerations for the locations of the pop-up dog parks were based on:

  • Availability and zoning of parkland
  • Adjacent land uses and setbacks
  • Fit within the overall park site 
  • Ability to be serviced by operations crews
  • Accessibility factors like the terrain, proximity to paved trails and sidewalks with curb cuts to access them
  • Lighting 
  • Sight-lines
  • Availability of active transportation options and parking
  • Presence of foot/vehicle traffic 
Where are pop-up dog parks located?

Once sites are finalized in spring 2023, a map of the pop-up dog parks will be available at edmonton.ca/offleash.

How long are the pop-up dog parks going to be available?

Pop-up dog parks will start to be installed in spring 2023 and will close in fall 2023. As they open and close, they will be added to the map at edmonton.ca/offleash.

What are the hours of operation?

Like all City of Edmonton parks, pop-up dog parks are open 5am-11pm.

What accessibility factors were considered?

Accessibility will be a key consideration in selecting sites and set-up of pop-up dog parks including:

  • Terrain and park surfacing
  • Proximity to paved trails and sidewalks with curb cuts
  • Availability of parking nearby
  • Presence of lighting
  • Proximity to seating areas
  • Location and path to garbage cans
  • Positioning of dog waste bag dispensers
  • Design and installation of signage
  • Barrier free entry and gate systems

If you have suggestions for improvements to accessibility, please contact us at offleash@edmonton.ca.

What amenities (fencing, seating, parking, lighting, dog waste bags, etc) are in the pop-up dog parks?

All pop-up dog parks will have: 

  • Signage which includes the responsibilities of dog owners
  • Dog waste bags and dispenser, refilled weekly 
  • Garbage can
  • Clear boundaries which could include temporary fencing or the use of signs
Are there small dog only areas?

All pop-up dog parks will be available to be used by dogs of all sizes. Small dog-only areas are typically only included in larger District Level destination off-leash areas or can be added by Developers in off-leash areas in dog-focused neighbourhoods.

Pop-up dog parks are small in size and having a separate area only for small dogs will push all dogs that use the space into closer contact with each other. A small dog-only areas are available in Lauderdale and Paisley Dog Parks.

With the addition of up to 30 pop-up dog parks along with 60 existing permanent off-leash areas throughout Edmonton, we anticipate that there will be lots of space for all dogs to relax and enjoy their off-leash time. 

How can I provide feedback on the location and/or operation of pop-up dog parks?

Once individual sites are selected, surveys will be made available on our Engage Edmonton page to provide feedback.

Are any pop-up dog parks going to be made permanent?

The first year running the pop-up dog park program begins in 2023. Based on the results of public feedback collected during the six month trial period, and site evaluations, pop-up dog park locations could potentially be made permanent with standard amenities including signage, dog waste bag dispensers, garbage cans and clear boundaries. If significant site enhancements are required such as fencing, trails or lighting, a funding request would need to be brought forward to City Council.

How to report that a dog waste bag dispenser is empty?

The City fills the dog waste bag dispensers on a weekly schedule and are not able to refill dispensers outside of that weekly schedule. Bringing your own bags ensures that you will be able to pick up after your pet even when dispensers are scheduled to be refilled. 

Dog waste left over in parks, open spaces and sidewalks has a lasting impact on the environment, the health of rivers and water systems, as well as people and animal health.

Fines of $100.00 can be given to any dog owner that does NOT pick up after their dog, according to Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw 13145.

Will the installation of pop-up dog parks increase coyote conflicts?

Coyotes can be territorial and could consider dogs a threat. Pop-up dog parks have not been installed in areas that are known to be denning sites or high conflict locations. To reduce the risk of negative encounters with coyotes, keep your dog close and within eyesight at all times, train your dog to recall quickly even with distractions around, always clean up your dog’s waste and remove any potential food sources for coyotes. For more information about coyotes in Edmonton, visit edmonton.ca/coyotes.

What do I do if my dog or myself are attacked in a pop-up dog park?

To report a dog attack or bite, contact the Animal Care & Control Centre by calling 311. 
The following information is useful:

  • Date, time and place of the incident
  • List of injuries sustained in the attack
  • Information about the dog (breed, size, gender, colour, features) and its owner 
  • Order of events
  • Contact information of other witnesses