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.