Stop the decommissioning of the dogs off-leash area of Africville Park
  • Petitioned Halifax Regional Council

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Halifax Regional Council

Stop the decommissioning of the dogs off-leash area of Africville Park

    1. Darcy Fuller
    2. Petition by

      Darcy Fuller

      Halifax, Canada

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The off-leash area of Africville Park is enjoyed and beloved 365 days of the year by many residents from all over the Halifax area and their dogs. This park represents a unique and irreplaceable space in which members of the community and their dogs can socialize in a safe and semi-enclosed area large enough to accommodate the many groups that visit regularly.

The off-leash area of Africville park represents the only semi-enclosed off-leash area in Halifax, and draws many members of the community to the space daily in all seasons to benefit from all it has to offer. This space is easily accessible to all members of the community, including those using assisted mobility devices, and provides space to walk, run, and sit and socialize.

The large community of dog owners who enjoy this park so frequently also provide benefits to the space. The high level of foot traffic brought to this space by dog owners, currently bordered on all sides by industrial development, enhances safety and security for all visitors to the park, minimizing the potential for undesirable activities in the area.

We, the community, ask that the Halifax Regional Council immediately stop proceedings to decommission the off-leash area of Africville Park. Further, we ask that Council pursue solutions to directly address the specific concerns raised by other community groups, as it relates to the use of this space, including increased enforcement of existing municipal bylaws related to waste disposal and off-leash area boundaries. 

Should the council in majority choose to set aside the wishes of the community and decommission this asset, we, the community, must insist that such decommissioning and closure be deferred until such time as a suitable replacement space has been placed into service.

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    News

    1. Halifax Off-Leash Dog Areas Survey Closes on September 25!

      Darcy Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      Halifax Regional Council is looking for your input about Off-Leash park strategy, including suggestions for new off-leash areas and whether an increase in your dog licensing fee should be levied to help pay for new spaces. This opportunity to speak up ends on September 25!

      Please take a few moments to complete this survey. This is your chance to add your voice to the recommendations that will be brought to Halifax Regional Council this fall, and ultimately shape the future of Off-Leash Dog Areas in our city!

      Please be forward-looking in your responses - this is an opportunity for us to help shape the future of our parks. Africville, as an off-leash area, is on borrowed time. Help us to move forward and into a new space that we can all enjoy with our beloved pets.

      Some suggestions for new spaces received so far include:

      Northcliffe Park
      Prospect Road, adjacent to Long Lake Provincial Park
      Dingle Park
      Deadman’s Island
      Frog Pond Park

      Please share your voice on this important issue:

      https://fluidsurveys.com/s/Off-Leash-Dog-Areas/

    2. Public Consultation Meeting Wednesday Evening!

      Darcy Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      A reminder, that residents have been invited to attend a public consultation session to discuss a proposed off-leash dog park to replace the off-leash area at Africville Park. You can make your voices heard and help determine the course for a new park! Hope to see you there!

      When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
      Where: Halifax Forum, 6209 Almon St., Maritime Hall

    3. Public Consultation Scheduled for Proposed Replacement Off-Leash Park!

      Darcy Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      Make your voice heard as a proposed off-leash park space to replace Africville Park is discussed at this public consultation with the City of Halifax!

      You can help to ensure that this new space meets the needs and expectations of our diverse community, and that it becomes a place we can all enjoy. Please see the details below, provided by the city of Halifax:

      Proposed Off-Leash Dog Park

      Residents are invited to attend a public consultation session to discuss a proposed off-leash dog park to replace the off-leash area at Africville Park.

      When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
      Where: Halifax Forum, 6209 Almon St., Maritime Hall

      Regional Council voted on June 24 to close the off-leash area at Africville as soon as a new site is identified and opened. Until that happens, the current site at Africville will remain an off-leash area. Councillors have asked that the new site be in place by the end of 2014.

      Council has identified land to the right (east) of the parking lot at Africville Park near the MacKay Bridge as a possible alternative site for the new off-leash park.

      http://www.halifax.ca/property/olps/documents/DogParkPoster.pdf

    4. Thank you for your support!

      Darcy Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      In a 15-2 vote, Halifax Regional Council voted today to decommission the dogs off-leash area of Africville Park. Thanks to your efforts and support however, this closure will only occur after a replacement park has been opened, with consultation from the community, in a fenced in area.

      While this ultimately means that we will be leaving the beautiful space that is Africville Park, your voices were heard at Regional Council. Africville Park will remain open as an off-leash area for dogs until a suitable replacement is ready!

      This is not the end! Details on the community consultation for the new park will be sent out as soon as they are available. You can have a voice in shaping this new space, and ensuring it meets the needs of our diverse community.

      Thank you for all of your support and engagement throughout this process, and thank you to all those who will stay engaged in the steps to come!

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Committee recommends quick closure of Africville off-leash area

      Darcy Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      An interdepartmental committee has released a report recommending that the off-leash dog park at Africville be closed by July 18, 2014 with no replacement space provided. This is not acceptable, and these recommendations must be voted down.

      We need your help! The recommendations in this report will go to Halifax Regional Council for a vote on June 24. This petition will be sent to the mayor and council on June 23. We need your help to gather as many signatures as possible before it is presented. Please share this petition as widely as possible - time is running out!

      Prior to the council vote on June 24, we encourage you to email councillors and the mayor directly, making it clear to them that the closure of this park without a suitable replacement is unacceptable to the community.

      Your voice makes a difference. Make yourself heard!

      http://www.halifax.ca/councillors/

    7. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Krystal Bywater HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      I used to go here before I got a dog to play with them because I didn't have one. Now I bring my own .. It's a great place to hang out for hours talking to others while dogs play

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    • Katherine Thomas HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      There are very few places to take dogs off-leash to run and play with other dogs in the city. I belive in being considerate but this is a park where everyone can enjoy!

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    • Stephen Munro HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Its a great place to meet up with other dog owners.

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    • Louise d'Entremont BEDFORD, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      fellow dog lover who loves to run free :)

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    • Ashley Urquhart HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Centrally located, predominately used by people with dogs. This is 2014 and people such as myself do not have children and our pets become our fur babies. I would much rather go to a park with a bunch of barking dogs, risking stepping on do-do, than to have a bunch of screaming, snot nosed children running around, not listening to their parents and leaving garbage lying around.

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