Share your feedback and perspectives about the temporary Pop-up Dog Park program by completing the Phase 2 survey. The survey will be open until October 1 and you can either complete it online using the link below or there are paper versions of the survey at the entrance to each Pop-up Dog Park site.
Neighbourhoods were selected based on their proximity to existing Off-leash Areas, number of licenced dogs and requests from residents that City Councillors have received since 2016.
An online survey for residents in selected neighbourhoods was available from March 6-27, 2023 to gather feedback on the proposed temporary Pop-up Dog Park locations. We used that survey’s results as well as technical considerations such as accessibility, land ownership, and future projects in the park to determine the specific neighbourhoods where we would install temporary pop-up dog parks. A
What We Heard Report
has been created with the results of the survey.
This program installs temporary Pop-up Dog Parks in neighbourhoods identified as high need for an off-leash area. All Pop-up Dog Parks have dog waste bags and dispensers, signage that includes the responsibilities of dog owners and clearly identified boundaries.
There will be 19 Pop-up Dog Parks installed throughout Edmonton in spring 2023 and will be operating for up to 6 months.
Neighbourhoods were selected for placement of Pop-up Dog Parks by their proximity to existing off-leash areas, number of licensed dogs, requests for the establishment of off-leash areas by residents and presence of off-leash dogs.
Some of the considerations for the locations of the Pop-up Dog Parks were based on:
Availability and zoning of parkland
Adjacent land uses and setbacks
Fit within the overall park site
Ability to be serviced by operations crews
Accessibility factors like the terrain, proximity to paved trails and sidewalks with curb cuts to access them
Availability of active transportation options and parking
Pop-up Dog Parks will be available starting in May and will close in fall 2023. Closure dates will depend on weather conditions. As they open and close, they will be added to the map at edmonton.ca/offleash.
All Pop-up Dog Parks will be available to be used by dogs of all sizes. Small dog-only areas are typically only included in larger District Level destination off-leash areas or can be added by Developers in off-leash areas in dog-focused neighbourhoods.
Pop-up Dog Parks are small in size and having a separate area only for small dogs will push all dogs that use the space into closer contact with each other. A small dog-only areas are available in Lauderdale and Paisley Dog Parks.
With the addition of 19 Pop-up Dog Parks along with 60 existing off-leash areas throughout Edmonton, we anticipate that there will be lots of space for all dogs to relax and enjoy their off-leash time.
Based on the results of public feedback collected during the six month trial period and site evaluations, technical and operational feasibility, available funds, City priorities and programs, the City can decide to make the Pop-up Dog Parks locations permanent with standard amenities including signage, dog waste bag dispensers, garbage cans and clear boundaries. If significant site enhancements are required such as fencing, trails or lighting, a funding request would need to be brought forward to City Council.
The City fills the dog waste bag dispensers on a weekly schedule and is not able to refill dispensers outside of that weekly schedule. Bringing your own bags ensures that you will be able to pick up after your pet even if dispensers are empty.
Dog waste left over in parks, open spaces and sidewalks has a lasting impact on the environment, water quality and the health of people and animals. Fines of $100 can be given to any dog owner that does NOT pick up after their dog.
Coyotes can be territorial and could consider dogs a threat. Pop-up Dog Parks are not going to be installed in areas that are known to be denning sites or high conflict locations. To reduce the risk of negative encounters with coyotes, keep your dog close and within eyesight at all times, train your dog to recall quickly even with distractions around, always clean up your dog’s waste and remove any potential food sources for coyotes. For more information about coyotes in Edmonton, visit edmonton.ca/coyotes.