About the Pilot Project
To accommodate the growing demand for residents and dogs in public spaces, the City carefully is considering the way it addresses the unique needs of the 40+ dog off-leash sites in the City, including Lauderdale. The Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy looks at how dog off-leash areas are planned, designed and managed.
The pilot’s goal is to align Lauderdale off-leash area with the Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy and address community need by adding amenities to the site. The upgrades were guided by the Lauderdale pilot project, which identified the financial impacts of enhancing a district off-leash area, including installing a fence and other amenities. Park users shared their thoughts in two public consultation sessions and two online surveys, and their feedback helped determine how the budget was distributed to create the Concept Plan.
Dog safety at off-leash parks is a top priority. Lauderdale was chosen as the site for the pilot project in part because it presented an opportunity to address community concerns regarding dog safety. While the pilot is underway, the City will be evaluating all existing 40+ dog off-leash areas to identify the priorities and needs of other areas.
Pilot evaluation will include examining the success of the construction project, incorporating guidelines from the Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy, the effects of increased Animal Control Officer presence on site, as well as any changes in park use or user behaviour and feedback before and after construction. The design and effectiveness of the fence will also be evaluated. The results of the pilot will be used to help inform future planning, design and management of off-leash areas.
After two public consultations and two online surveys, Lauderdale off-leash park users have decided that the site will be fully fenced. Construction will take place in fall 2017.
Other upgrades will include a separate fenced area for small dogs, several new trees and shrubs, a new kiosk and signs. Existing access from 127 Avenue will be removed.
Lauderdale off-leash area will remain open to users throughout construction, although areas under construction will be fenced off and signage will be in place.
Additional elements, such as parking lot reconfiguration, lighting and additional landscaping are included in the concept but will not be funded by the existing budget. They may be considered for future projects.
Two public consultation sessions were held on February 16 and May 4, 2017, and each had an accompanying online survey.
On February 16, park users shared their thoughts and concerns, and identified the type of amenities they’d like to see added to the park. To learn more about priorities identified by park users and community members, check out What We Heard.
On May 4, 2017, City staff held a second public consultation to share the feedback compiled from the first meeting and survey, including the two draft design concepts created to address priorities. Attendees shared feedback to help shape the final design.
Fall 2017 - Construction
May 2017 - Setting the Direction
March and April 2017 - Exploring Options
January and February 2017 - Sharing Ideas
September 2016 - Council approval and funding of the pilot project
August 2016 - Present the Dogs in Open Spaces Pilot Project Plan to City Council
March 2016 - Approval of the Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy
2015 - Development of the Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you to CN EcoConnexions for their funding and support towards this project!
Public Engagement History
On February 16, 2017, a public consultation session was held to give community members and off-leash park users an opportunity to share thoughts on how Lauderdale Off-Leash Park can be improved, what amenities are needed, and how the budget should be spent.