Community rinks are owned and maintained by community leagues. Only community leagues are able to apply to participate in this program. If you’re interested in having your community league take part and are willing to help out, reach out to your local community league. A list of all community leagues and their contact information can be found here.
Approximately one out of every 3 households in Edmonton have a dog. In fact, there are now more dogs than children in Edmonton!
Many dog owners consider their dogs to be a part of the family and want to provide safe and fun opportunities for both their dogs and themselves to exercise and interact with other members of their community.
There are many benefits of having a community off-leash area:
Within the Off-Leash Area
Provide a place for both dogs and their owners to interact and connect with other members of their community. Themed parties, social media pages, and dog playdate groups have been formed by many off-leash area visitors to increase the sense of community within the space.
The presence of off-leash areas can help to deter crime and other undesirable activities. Dogs need to be exercised every day, regardless of the weather and even on the coldest days, dogs and their owners will visit off-leash areas.
In the Community
Most responsible dog owners would prefer to exercise their dogs in a safe place. Off-leash areas help to reduce instances of dogs being off-leash in parks, playgrounds, school yards, sports fields and sidewalks.
Dogs that are exercised appropriately usually show fewer undesirable behaviours while out on walks and at home. Off-leash areas can help to reduce unwanted behaviours such as barking and aggression towards other dogs or people.
The presence of dog owners within the off-leash area can be a deterrent for vandalism and other crime in the area.
Provide a place for dog owners in the community to form friendships. In many cases, these friendships extend beyond the off-leash area and help to build a sense of belonging and connectedness in the larger community.
Temporary off-leash areas must be physically accessible to all citizens. Using the double maintenance gates and then adding ramps for access into the space are some potential solutions to accessibility that could be considered.
The on-site contact person is the main point of contact between the Community League and the City of Edmonton.
This person would be responsible for monitoring the off-leash area, ensuring that dog waste and garbage does not accumulate, and participating in any discussions with the City of Edmonton around noise, waste or other concerns around the off-leash area.