Richmond eyes adding dog parks
Dog walkers in Richmond's McDonald Beach Park — on the city's outskirts — which was one of the city's six off-leash parks from 1999 to 2012 before the city started opening new off-leash locations. (CARMINE MARINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
"At this point we want to observe these areas under the pilot project and ensure they’re being responsibly used. Then make recommendations for the future after one year." — Mike Redpath, City of Richmond
Richmond’s parks committee will vote today on whether to support the municipality’s rapid expansion of off-leash dog parks that envisions them moving from the city’s fringes to urban centres.
Parks senior manager Mike Redpath told 24 hours that between 1999 and 2012 the city’s dog parks — there were six in all —remained on the outskirts of the island community in places such as McDonald Beach Park on Sea Island, or Horseshoe Slough to the city’s south.
Any expansion to more off-leash parks had actually been frozen until two years ago when the city opened a new area in Steveston Park, and just last year tried another pilot project at Dover Park near No. 2 Road and Westminster Highway.
It’s now chosen spots for another three potential pilot projects — five new fenced off-leash projects in two years.
Redpath said one would be situated at a vacant lot on Elmbridge Way — near the city’s provincial courthouse — with another two on land at Garden City and South Arm.
“The smallest is approximately the size of a tennis court up to about half of a soccer field,” he said.
“Subject to council approval we would be looking at implementation this summer, (which includes) site preparation, the installation of temporary fences, benches and also signage and waste receptacles.”
The total cost, he said, would be about $5,000.
Part of the staff recommendation would also be to move the Dover Park area to the north end of Railway Avenue.