Temporary off-leash dog park in Alta Vista

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Survey results


The majority of respondents (84.6% or 126 out of 149 respondents) indicated being in favour of the proposed temporary off-leash dog park.


What we learned


Comments in favour are summarized below:


  • There is a lack of off leash dog parks in the ward.


  • Conroy Pitt Park is well used and at times overpopulated. It is the closest off-leash park to our neighbourhood, requires driving and is not in our ward.


  • Grasshopper Hill Park is also well used by dog owners. It does not have enough parking so people park on Cunningham Avenue near the entrance to the park from Fairbanks.


  • Great way to allow dogs to be off leash in a controlled (fenced) environment rather than having them off leash at Grasshopper Hill Park.


  • Would reduce unleashed dogs on other paths/parks.


  • Several informal off leash areas have popped up around the neighbourhood, but having a single designated hub would be great not only for dog owners, but also for people less comfortable around dogs.


  • This area is already informally used by many area residents for walking dogs.


  • The proposed site is currently under-utilized, has good proximity for many ward residents and is easily modified for the proposed use.


  • There is currently an inefficient parking lot at the north end of the community gardens (accessed from Pleasant Park) that could be improved with a dog park built in the turf area immediately west of there (adjacent to the multi-use path).


  • Dog owners need a space to exercise and socialize their dogs.


  • Off-leash dog parks encourage community gathering, physical fitness and the associated health benefits.


  • The new park must not result in eliminating existing off leash areas in the ward.


Comments against are summarized below:


  • There are already dog parks close by at Conroy Pitt, Grasshopper Hill, and Vincent Massey.


  • Worried about increased traffic on Kilborn.


  • Worried about irresponsible dog owners letting their dogs off-leash before entering the fenced area. There is a risk of people (including children) getting bitten.


  • Off-leash dogs may potentially be harmful/dangerous to humans and other dogs within the park itself.


  • Prevents non-dog owner from using the open space.


  • This is a valuable open space and great habitat for many species. It provides important contributions to biodiversity and the nearby allotment gardens.


  • Worried about increased human and canine noise/activity in an area that is now peaceful.


  • Increased chance of spreading viral, bacterial and parasitic disease.


General comments and questions are summarized below:


  • Why not permanent?


  • Concerned with impact on wildlife.


  • How will this affect other activities in the park (skiing, walking)?


  • When will it be built?


  • Make sure to enforce by-laws.


  • There is an old tennis court off Russel Rd Southvale that could be easily converted to a fenced in dog area.


  • Was a location closer to Lynda Lane, or Balena Park looked at? People with dogs living in Riverview Park could benefit from a location that is closer to walk instead of taking the car.


  • Limit the parking lot size to minimize impact on greenspace.


  • What amenities will be provided in the park?


  • The existing community gardens’ parking lot should be expanded instead of new parking.


  • Will it take away space for expanding the community gardens?


  • There should be a public discussion with ward residents to explore the development of a "Canine Code of Conduct" and how users could be engaged in the maintenance and upkeep of a new space.


  • As the City consulted with a certified canine behaviorist?


  • Will existing trees, shrubs and vegetation be maintained?


  • What is the cost?


  • Will the park be lit at night?


Timeline

Thank you for participating in this survey. A timeline for further public consultation, design, and construction will be determined upon sufficient Cash-in-lieu of Parkland funds becoming available. All comments and questions received will be used to inform the next stages of this project.


Survey

Councillor Carr’s Office along with the City of Ottawa’s Recreational, Cultural and Facility Planning Department would like to get your thoughts on a potential temporary off-leash dog park in the Alta Vista neighbourhood. The site that is being contemplated would be located within the future transportation corridor, more specifically on the south side of Kilborn Avenue, across from the allotment gardens, between Featherston Drive (west) and Haig Drive (east). This temporary park would be in use for several years and would have to be removed if the corridor is needed for transportation purposes. The park would be over a hectare in size and consist of a fenced in grass area with a specialized waste receptacle, a separate leashing area, and a parking lot. It would also be setback from the multi-use pathway to the west and residential properties to the east.

Please indicate below if you are in favor or against the proposed temporary park and explain why.

Should you have any questions, please also leave them below or contact Steve Gauthier.

The deadline for providing comments is October 20, 2023.

Survey results


The majority of respondents (84.6% or 126 out of 149 respondents) indicated being in favour of the proposed temporary off-leash dog park.


What we learned


Comments in favour are summarized below:


  • There is a lack of off leash dog parks in the ward.


  • Conroy Pitt Park is well used and at times overpopulated. It is the closest off-leash park to our neighbourhood, requires driving and is not in our ward.


  • Grasshopper Hill Park is also well used by dog owners. It does not have enough parking so people park on Cunningham Avenue near the entrance to the park from Fairbanks.


  • Great way to allow dogs to be off leash in a controlled (fenced) environment rather than having them off leash at Grasshopper Hill Park.


  • Would reduce unleashed dogs on other paths/parks.


  • Several informal off leash areas have popped up around the neighbourhood, but having a single designated hub would be great not only for dog owners, but also for people less comfortable around dogs.


  • This area is already informally used by many area residents for walking dogs.


  • The proposed site is currently under-utilized, has good proximity for many ward residents and is easily modified for the proposed use.


  • There is currently an inefficient parking lot at the north end of the community gardens (accessed from Pleasant Park) that could be improved with a dog park built in the turf area immediately west of there (adjacent to the multi-use path).


  • Dog owners need a space to exercise and socialize their dogs.


  • Off-leash dog parks encourage community gathering, physical fitness and the associated health benefits.


  • The new park must not result in eliminating existing off leash areas in the ward.


Comments against are summarized below:


  • There are already dog parks close by at Conroy Pitt, Grasshopper Hill, and Vincent Massey.


  • Worried about increased traffic on Kilborn.


  • Worried about irresponsible dog owners letting their dogs off-leash before entering the fenced area. There is a risk of people (including children) getting bitten.


  • Off-leash dogs may potentially be harmful/dangerous to humans and other dogs within the park itself.


  • Prevents non-dog owner from using the open space.


  • This is a valuable open space and great habitat for many species. It provides important contributions to biodiversity and the nearby allotment gardens.


  • Worried about increased human and canine noise/activity in an area that is now peaceful.


  • Increased chance of spreading viral, bacterial and parasitic disease.


General comments and questions are summarized below:


  • Why not permanent?


  • Concerned with impact on wildlife.


  • How will this affect other activities in the park (skiing, walking)?


  • When will it be built?


  • Make sure to enforce by-laws.


  • There is an old tennis court off Russel Rd Southvale that could be easily converted to a fenced in dog area.


  • Was a location closer to Lynda Lane, or Balena Park looked at? People with dogs living in Riverview Park could benefit from a location that is closer to walk instead of taking the car.


  • Limit the parking lot size to minimize impact on greenspace.


  • What amenities will be provided in the park?


  • The existing community gardens’ parking lot should be expanded instead of new parking.


  • Will it take away space for expanding the community gardens?


  • There should be a public discussion with ward residents to explore the development of a "Canine Code of Conduct" and how users could be engaged in the maintenance and upkeep of a new space.


  • As the City consulted with a certified canine behaviorist?


  • Will existing trees, shrubs and vegetation be maintained?


  • What is the cost?


  • Will the park be lit at night?


Timeline

Thank you for participating in this survey. A timeline for further public consultation, design, and construction will be determined upon sufficient Cash-in-lieu of Parkland funds becoming available. All comments and questions received will be used to inform the next stages of this project.


Survey

Councillor Carr’s Office along with the City of Ottawa’s Recreational, Cultural and Facility Planning Department would like to get your thoughts on a potential temporary off-leash dog park in the Alta Vista neighbourhood. The site that is being contemplated would be located within the future transportation corridor, more specifically on the south side of Kilborn Avenue, across from the allotment gardens, between Featherston Drive (west) and Haig Drive (east). This temporary park would be in use for several years and would have to be removed if the corridor is needed for transportation purposes. The park would be over a hectare in size and consist of a fenced in grass area with a specialized waste receptacle, a separate leashing area, and a parking lot. It would also be setback from the multi-use pathway to the west and residential properties to the east.

Please indicate below if you are in favor or against the proposed temporary park and explain why.

Should you have any questions, please also leave them below or contact Steve Gauthier.

The deadline for providing comments is October 20, 2023.

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