ADD A FENCED-IN OFF-LEASH DOG AREA IN RICHELIEU PARK

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PETITION TO ADD A FENCED-IN OFF-LEASH DOG AREA IN RICHELIEU PARK

To: the Council of the City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

CC: Mathieu Fleury, City Councillor Ward 12; Jim Lethbridge. Area Manager Parks & Grounds; Jean Malavoy, Executive Director, Vanier Muséopark 

I/We the undersigned, petition the Council of the City of Ottawa as follows:

We request that the City Council of the City of Ottawa add a fenced off-leash dog area at Richelieu Park, 300 des Pères-Blancs in Vanier. We implore the city to consider potential location, size, benefits and best practices.

Context: The Richelieu Park has a mixed designation: The forest is on-leash at all times. The remainder of the park is dogs-on-leash, 9am-6pm daily; dogs allowed off-leash all other times (recognizing that city parks open at 7am and close at 11pm). We are not contesting the designation.

Issues: The park lacks an area where dogs can be off-leash during opening hours without a) safety concerns with other park users and b) risk of dogs running out of the park.

While dogs are allowed off-leash at the designated areas and times listed above, the designated areas are also shared by various patrons of the park, library, community centre, Muséopark sugar shack and playground. There are pedestrians, cyclists, children, those playing recreational activities, gardeners and others also using the pathways, areas of the soccer field and community garden. Moreover, while the large park’s boundaries are fenced, neither the parking lot, road nor various entrances are closed or gated.

Benefits of an enclosed off-leash area:

  • Create a safer and more user-friendly area for all park patrons, not just dog-owners.
  • Attract park patrons: Parks with enclosed dog areas, especially ones that adhere to the best-practices and etiquette, are few and far between. There are currently no enclosed dog areas in the Vanier area and the closest one is about 4KM away in downtown Ottawa (Jack Purcell Park). We see an opportunity to learn from existing models and create an attraction to the Vanier area.
  • Complement the park: This feature could complement the park’s features, and potentially complement any recreational activity offerings that the Richelieu Community Centre or other organization may offer in the future (i.e., pet therapy, basic dog socialization and obedience, agility).

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We request that the City Council of the City of Ottawa add a fenced off-leash dog area at Richelieu Park, 300 des Pères-Blancs in Vanier. We implore the city to consider potential location, size, benefits and best practices.