Saskatchewan

City of Regina considers 6 new off-leash dog parks

City administration is recommending Regina put in six new dog parks.

Recommendation goes before committee on Wednesday

Dog owners in Regina could be getting more off-leash areas for their pups to play in if council approves a city administration recommendation. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

Regina residents may soon be getting more off-leash dog parks.

City administration is recommending three new fenced off-leash parks in areas under development in Regina's south, east and northwest.

It's also calling for a pilot project for three more off-leash areas in the city in 2017 that wouldn't be fenced in. 

The recommendation comes out of a report that looked at dog parks in Regina compared to other cities, paying attention to population. 

The report found numbers across Canada vary greatly. Kamloops, B.C. has one unfenced space for about every 5,000 residents, whereas Toronto has one fenced or unfenced park for about every 106,000 residents.

Regina only has one partially fenced dog park available all year, and five parks that are seasonally available. Saskatoon has eight year-round dog parks, all of which are fenced in.  

Partially fenced dog parks in Regina 

  • Cathy Lauritsen Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park 

Seasonal off-leash areas in Regina

  • Leslie Park (central)
  • Mike Badham Park (south)
  • Glencairn Park (east)
  • M.J. Coldwell Park (north)
  • Rosemont School Park (west)

A survey conducted by Ipsos of 600 adult residents of Regina found 82 per cent are in favour of more off-leash dog parks. Some 37 per cent of the people surveyed own dogs. 

The recommendation will head to the planning committee on Wednesday, and still needs council's approval to move ahead. 

Corrections

  • Due to an error in the city of Regina report, an earlier version of this story said 64 per cent of people surveyed own dogs. In fact, 37 per cent are dog owners.
    Mar 08, 2016 9:33 AM CT

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