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Why is an Off-Leash Dog Park proposed for the York Street area?
Development of an off-leash dog park in the South End is identified as an
action plan in the City of Greater Sudbury Parks, Open Space and Leisure Master
Plan Review (2014).
Over the past three years, residents have
formed the York K9 Club to work towards the development of an official
off-leash dog park in the York Street area.
Volunteers serving with the York K9 Club
applied and qualified for a grant under the City of Greater Sudbury’s Healthy
Community Initiative Fund to develop an off-leash dog park in this area.
The total grant for the dog park is
$47,000. The York K9 Club will contribute donations from supporters of this
Where is the proposed location for the York Street Off-Leash Dog Park?
Undeveloped land in the York Street north
parking area, bordered by Paris Street and Boland Avenue, has been identified
for a potential off-leash dog park.
This location offers a balance between
central urban access and relative distance from nearby residences and institutions.
The property’s proximity to Bell Park will
encourage residents to exercise their dogs in a dedicated park, rather than
public green space.
The existing parking lot has capacity to
serve both visitors to Bell Park and the proposed dog park.
An off-leash dog park is in spirit with the
Bell Park Covenant which states that Bell Park lands are to be used for public
park and recreation purposes.
How are noise and pet waste controlled in off-leash dog parks?
The City of Greater Sudbury owns, operates
and maintains off-leash dog parks. Dog owners and handlers are subject to the
Ontario Dog Owner’s Liability Act, the City of Greater Sudbury’s Animal Care
and Control By-law and the City of Greater Sudbury’s Dog Park By-law 2012-145.
Failure to abide by park rules and regulations may result in loss of privileges
By-law regulations include:
and handlers are limited to three dogs in the off-leash park
owners must always stoop and scoop
hours are between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily
owners and handlers must always be in care and control of their dog and
keep a leash readily accessible at all times
demonstrating aggressive behaviour must be removed from the park
Through the site selection and public
consultation process, the city will determine whether there is a sufficient
buffer between the proposed dog park and nearby residences to minimize the
impact of noise from park users.
Why has a fence been erected for a dog park at Riverdale Playground?
A grant through the City of Greater Sudbury’s Healthy
Community Initiative (HCI) Fund was
originally approved for an off-leash dog park at Riverdale Playground on York
Street. An alternate location is now
being explored. Existing fencing can be moved to a new site.
Are there other Off-Leash Dog Parks in the City of Greater Sudbury?
The City of Greater Sudbury currently has
two off-leash dog parks: the Minnow Lake Dog Park and the Azilda Off-Leash Dog
Park. Both parks are located on previously vacant properties.
The Minnow Lake Dog Park, located at the
corner of Donna Drive and Second Avenue North, is an initiative of the Minnow
Lake Community Action Network and its sub-committee Dogs Off-Leash Greater
The Azilda Off-Leash Dog Park, located at
3878 Municipal Road 15, is an initiative of the Azilda Community Action Network
and its Azilda Dog Park Subcommittee.
Both groups canvassed the community to
raise funds and donations in-kind for fencing, gates, landscaping and other
amenities to build the parks. Volunteers continue to act as park stewards for
park clean-up, promotions and enhancements.
What are the requirements for public consultation for an Off-Leash Dog Park?
The City of Greater Sudbury Parks, Open
Space and Leisure Master Plan Review (2014) recommends the development of
complete site selection process for off-leash dog parks. The City of Greater
Sudbury is working towards this goal.