Victoria council voted to extend an off-leash pilot project at three local parks. They’ve also opted to shift the off-leash hours later by 30 minutes. Flickr

City to extend dog off leash pilot in three Victoria parks

Off-leash hours at Fisherman’s Wharf, Barnard and Oaklands parks move to 7 to 9 a.m.

Victoria council has voted to extend a pilot project allowing dogs off leash in three City parks, while shifting the hours the rule is in effect.

In 2017, Fisherman’s Wharf Park, Oaklands Park and Barnard Park were made part of a year-long pilot with limited off-leash hours, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., seven days per week. Since the project began, according to staff, the City has received 52 emails and 68 complaints to Animal Control related to the parks.

Emails mostly requested extended hours or larger areas. One contained a 64-signature petition supporting the project at Fisherman’s Wharf. The complaints mostly referred to early morning noise such as barking dogs or owners calling their pets; dogs who were not under control of their owners, or pets being off leash during on-leash hours.

Coun. Charlayne Thornton-Joe said shifting the hours to slightly later might help with noise complaints and additional problems.

ALSO READ: New limits for dogs may come to CRD parks

“With an early start, a dog off leash is a little harder to pick up after, before sunrise hours,” Thornton-Joe added.

Council ultimately voted to shift the hours to 7 to 9 a.m. Asked whether the times should shift during winter hours to accommodate later daylight, Thomas Soulliere, director of parks, recreation and facilities, was firm.

“For the sake of clarity to the public, a consistent time frame is necessary,” he said. “We have the same time-frame in other parks, and haven’t heard negative feedback from them.”

Council also approved extending the pilot for two more years. In 2020, the City will look at a broader set of rules for off-leash dog parks across the City.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
and Instagram

Just Posted

BC Ferries considers passenger only ferry between West Shore and Victoria

Royal Bay, Esquimalt and Ship Point considered as part of study into new route

Sentence handed down for sex assaults committed more than 30 years ago

Man in his 80s will serve a conditional sentence in the community

Saanich police continue to search for attacker in Gordon Head sexual assault

Police urge residents to remain vigilant, lock doors and windows

Victoria amalgamation committee meeting for first time

The citizen’s assembly will hold its inaugural meeting on Tuesday

Simon Keith undergoes second heart transplant

Former pro athlete turned transplant advocate gets another chance

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you consider living in a tiny home?

Victoria is the latest Capital Region community to take a look at… Continue reading

Nearly 40% of British Columbians not taking their medications correctly: poll

Introduction of legal cannabis could cause more issues for drug interactions

Mining company fined $70,000 after two workers killed in B.C. truck crash

Broda Construction pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe workplace at Cranbrook rock quarry

B.C. argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain, but it can protect environment

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says only Ottawa has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines

B.C. poverty plan combines existing spending, housing programs

Target is to lift 140,000 people out of poverty from 2016 level

Avalanche warning issued for all B.C. mountains

Warm weather to increase avalanche risk: Avalanche Canada

Temperature records dating back to 1947 broken in B.C.

The Squamish airport recorded the hottest temperature in the province (and Canada) on Sunday: 21.3 C

Most Read