People, Parks and Pups: A strategy for sharing parks and open space in New Westminster

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Share your input: Complete the online survey, provide feedback about specific parks, off-leash areas or other places on the Map tool, and contribute your ideas in the Forum.

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Conversations with the community are underway to better plan and design parks and open spaces that meet the needs of all residents - including seniors, adults, children and dogs! With population growth and people living in smaller spaces, it’s important that we hear all perspectives (dog and non-dog owners) on how best to foster the health and wellbeing of all park users and promote responsible dog ownership.

The Parks & Recreation Department is seeking input from all residents to help develop a long-term strategy called People, Parks and Pups: A strategy for sharing parks and open space in New Westminster. The strategy will consider all points of view in planning, designing and maintaining space for dogs that respects a diversity of park uses.


WHY DO WE NEED A STRATEGY?

The People, Parks and Pups Strategy is an opportunity for the Parks & Recreation Department to hear from the community on how to successfully include more space for dogs into the existing parks and open space system in New Westminster. The goal of this project is to be proactive in planning and providing space for dogs, while balancing the many other (and often competing) recreational needs within our parks and opens spaces. Meeting the growing demand for dog off-leash areas in New Westminster requires conversations with a diverse community of park users to develop creative solutions.


How can I Engage?

Provide your feedback, input and ideas through our survey, map tool and community forum. Click the links or scroll down to access the tools. The survey is open until April 30, 2021.

Thank you to all who participated in the interactive Virtual Open House on April 8, 2021. You can review the PDF of the presentation boards and the video recording of the presentation session.

Please share the engagement opportunities with your neighbours too - we need to hear from both dog owners and those who don't have dogs to make sure we are balancing the needs of all park users.


WHERE ARE NEW WESTMINSTER'S DOG OFF-LEASH AREAS?

Map of New Westminster's Dog Off-Leash Areas

Off-leash dog areas provide safe and secure spaces where dog owners can legally run their dog off-leash and are a valued service in urban settings. The City of New Westminster currently operates eight Dog Off-Leash Areas:

Downtown (temporary location), Hume Park, Moody Park, Quayside (temporary location), Queen's Park, Westburnco, West Side, Ryall Park.

Share your input: Complete the online survey, provide feedback about specific parks, off-leash areas or other places on the Map tool, and contribute your ideas in the Forum.

introduction

Conversations with the community are underway to better plan and design parks and open spaces that meet the needs of all residents - including seniors, adults, children and dogs! With population growth and people living in smaller spaces, it’s important that we hear all perspectives (dog and non-dog owners) on how best to foster the health and wellbeing of all park users and promote responsible dog ownership.

The Parks & Recreation Department is seeking input from all residents to help develop a long-term strategy called People, Parks and Pups: A strategy for sharing parks and open space in New Westminster. The strategy will consider all points of view in planning, designing and maintaining space for dogs that respects a diversity of park uses.


WHY DO WE NEED A STRATEGY?

The People, Parks and Pups Strategy is an opportunity for the Parks & Recreation Department to hear from the community on how to successfully include more space for dogs into the existing parks and open space system in New Westminster. The goal of this project is to be proactive in planning and providing space for dogs, while balancing the many other (and often competing) recreational needs within our parks and opens spaces. Meeting the growing demand for dog off-leash areas in New Westminster requires conversations with a diverse community of park users to develop creative solutions.


How can I Engage?

Provide your feedback, input and ideas through our survey, map tool and community forum. Click the links or scroll down to access the tools. The survey is open until April 30, 2021.

Thank you to all who participated in the interactive Virtual Open House on April 8, 2021. You can review the PDF of the presentation boards and the video recording of the presentation session.

Please share the engagement opportunities with your neighbours too - we need to hear from both dog owners and those who don't have dogs to make sure we are balancing the needs of all park users.


WHERE ARE NEW WESTMINSTER'S DOG OFF-LEASH AREAS?

Map of New Westminster's Dog Off-Leash Areas

Off-leash dog areas provide safe and secure spaces where dog owners can legally run their dog off-leash and are a valued service in urban settings. The City of New Westminster currently operates eight Dog Off-Leash Areas:

Downtown (temporary location), Hume Park, Moody Park, Quayside (temporary location), Queen's Park, Westburnco, West Side, Ryall Park.

  • Introduction

    The City of New Westminster is developing a strategy to guide the planning and design of dog off-leash areas in the city, to improve the safety and comfort for park visitors with and without dogs.

    As part of our first round of public consultation, we want to know what you think about park space for people with and without dogs. Fill out this survey to tell us what’s important to you about dogs in New Westminster’s parks. Feedback from this survey will be used to help generate recommendations to guide the planning, design and management of dog off-leash areas in New Westminster.

    Please fill this out by April 30th, 2021.

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