Local Off-Leash Dog Park (North Maple Regional Park)

Local Off-Leash Dog Park (North Maple Regional Park)

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Gloria Beresford-Last started this petition to City of Vaughan and

This petition has been organized on behalf of the many dog owners from the Mackenzie Ridge Ratepayers Association and the surrounding communities in the City of Vaughan. 

Based on information shared at the City of Vaughan’s meetings that were held back in 2019 focusing on the development of Off-Leash Dog Parks throughout the city of Vaughan, we are aware that plans to develop an Off-Leash Dog Park at North Maple Regional Park (NMRP) are in the works. That being said, we understand that such a Dog Park may not be constructed for another 8 to 10 years as other plans for development in the park are taking priority.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we can only assume that many of those plans have been set back due to ongoing social restrictions and the uncertainty that the future currently holds. With such plans being set back or even put on hold, we think that this serves as an opportune time to place more focus, time, and resources on the development of the Off- Leash Dog Park at NMRP.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Humane Canada has reported a 30% to 70% increase in pet adoptions and fostering in Canada (this statistic does not account for the increase in pet purchases, only fostering and adoptions) (Pruden). Given this recent boom in pet ownership, it is fair to assume that there is/will also be a MAJOR increase in the need/demand for an Off-Leash Dog Park, especially one that is within close proximity to downtown Maple.

People need to get out with their pets, and while walks are, of course, a healthy and safe way of achieving exercise, proper socialization of pets is also of the utmost importance to their development (Tudor). Not only is proper socialization essential to both the physical and mental health of a pet, but it is also paramount to human physical activity and mental health as well (Tudor). An Off-Leash Dog Park is a great way for both pets and their owners to socialize in a healthy and safe manner while allowing people to maintain proper physical distancing protocols.

As such, we kindly urge the City of Vaughan to reconsider building the NMRP Off-Leash Dog Park AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Taking into account the above-mentioned points, NOW is the time that we need this Off-Leash Dog Park more than ever!

While the establishment of an Off-Leash Dog Park in NMRP would by far be preferential in terms of location (it is a very central point in Maple), if, for whatever reason, it is simply not possible to achieve within a reasonable timeframe, we have attached a map to this petition indicating other possible sites/locations (indicated in red) where an Off-Leash Dog Park can be built in the interim on Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) lands. Please keep in mind that it is very important that any potential site for an Off-Leash Dog Park be easy to find and easily accessible. This includes being within a short walking distance to a parking lot (NMRP) or on-street parking where visitors to the Off-Leash Dog Park can park.

In addition, perhaps acquiring sponsorships could help to expedite the development and construction of this very-much-needed Off-Leash Dog Park (preferably in NMRP).

On behalf of our fellow residents of the Mackenzie Ridge Ratepayers Association, the surrounding communities, AND our pets, we thank you for taking the time to read and sign this petition. 

Now, let’s see some action! 

P.S. When you sign, please feel free to add a comment sharing with us how many dogs you have, what breeds they are, and their names. You are also welcome to add any other information that you wish to share.
Thank you! ☺️


Sources:

Evans, Pete. “Pandemic Isolation Sees Booming Demand for Pets — And for Business That Cater to Them.” CBC, 27 December 2020, https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/pandemic-pet-business-1.5850051 Accessed 27 April 2021.

Pruden, Jana G. “Dogs in High Demand as Canadians Crave Companionship During COVID-19 Lockdown.” The Globe and Mail, 17 May 2020, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-dogs-in-high demand-as-canadians-crave-companionship-during-covid-1/
Accessed 27 April 2021.

Tudor, Ken. “4 Reasons Why Socialization is Important for Your Dog’s Health.” PetMD, 13 August 2014, https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/ken-tudor/2014/august/4-reasons-why-socialization important-your-dogs-health-31938

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