On Tuesday October 3 council approved the installation of two new dog parks. The two parks that were approved are the Hubman and Palliser locations. These parks will be smaller neighbourhood parks in locations that are easy for residents of the area to walk to. These parks are part of a plan to reduce the number of off leash dogs in the wildlife corridors.
Installation update December 18, 2017
Palliser Dog Park: This park is now open for use. Landscaping and final placement of garbage bins, mutt mitt dispensers and signage will take place in the Spring.
Hubman Dog Park: Installation of fencing will tentatively start the week of November 20. The signs, garbage bins and mutt dispensers will be temporarily installed once fencing is complete and permanently installed in the Spring of 2018. Minor landscaping and trail work will be completed in the Spring of 2018.
The Town of Canmore has three existing dog parks (Quarry Lake, 1A/Cougar Creek and Elk Run / Glacier Drive). Even so, several existing neighbourhoods don’t have convenient access to a dog park. We know through monitoring that incidences of off leash dogs throughout the community and in important wildlife habitat areas are high. By providing up to three additional, conveniently located, thoughtfully planned dog parks, we hope to see a reduction in the number of illegal off leash dogs.
Proposed New Sites
How Did We Get to These Three Sites?
16 candidate sites throughout the community were initially identified. This list was then shortlisted to 10 sites from which the final 3 were selected. Key criteria for the sites included:
- Town owned land, or a willingness to consider the use by the owner.
- Ability to fence the area.
- Compliance with land use district for the use of dog park.
- Number of dogs in the area.
- Walkability to the site.
- Distribution of dog parks throughout the community.
Here are the initial sites that were considered:
Summary of Feedback
We asked the community for feedback in July and August. The engagement included an online survey and on-site visits at each proposed location. We received 414 responses to the online survey, and 47 people attend the on-site visits.
In the online survey we asked the question for each site: “What concerns do you have about the proposed site?”. Below is a summary for each site with responses broken out into “Support or no concerns”, “Opposed or concerns expressed” or “Neutral or unclear”. Note the charts are in individual responses not percentages.
We received 32 letters from residents in support and opposition. Below is a summary of letters received (as of September 28, 2017). Note the charts are in individual responses not percentages.
Standard Mitigations on Each Site
- Four or five foot fencing
- Poo bag dispensers
- Pedestrian garbage bins
- Self-closing gate
There are over 140 registered dogs in Three Sisters, and currently no off leash dog parks in the area. Please see the map below for the location of the proposed site in Three Sisters.
There are over 155 registered dogs in Spring Creek & South Canmore, and currently no off leash dog parks in the area. Please see the map below for the location of the proposed site in Spring Creek.
There are over 45 registered dogs in the Palliser and Silvertip area, and currently no off leash dog parks in the area. Please see the map below for the location of the proposed site in the Palliser area.
- Collect community feedback on candidate sites – Complete
- Consolidate feedback - Complete
- Present to Council for decision - Complete