Leash Free Updates For #Guelph!

(Yes, that’s the Guthrie’s new dog “Rogue”! Posing like he’s all that!)

There have been a number of recent inquiries regarding the Leash Free Policy update and progress on this project.

City Council approved through the Open Space Planning in the 2018 capital budget to begin the process of developing a Leash Free Policy.

The purpose of the project is to determine what the Leash Free Policy for the City of Guelph should look like. To do this, an extensive community engagement plan is being prepared. It is expected that the City will review and receive input on the existing bylaws, policies and off leash facilities to help shape our Leash Free Policy.

The anticipated outcome of the project is to have a Leash Free Policy that is comprehensive and reflects the community needs from all park and open space users (both with and without dogs as members of their household). It is anticipated that the new Leash Free Policy will provide design guidelines and direction for future off-leash facilities. (It is not as simple as putting up a fence around an existing park.)

To date, all inquiries received since mid-2017 will be taken into consideration when developing the new policy. All residents that have shared their thoughts to the City have been added to the list of residents to be engaged directly. The City appreciates residents’ interests on this topic and will be sure to send out invitations to upcoming public meetings so that they may have opportunity to share their thoughts, experiences and expectations.

The community engagement process is expected to start in the spring/summer of 2018. Once the dates are firm, residents will be notified a few weeks.

Take care!

Cam

9 Comments on “Leash Free Updates For #Guelph!

  1. Best news ever. Long overdue. So glad this is being done in a thorough way. The outcome should well reflect all needs. Look forward to next steps.

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  2. Oh how I hope we’ll get a wonderful, fully enclosed dog park. Currently, the most accessible one for me is on Maplegrove and it’s nothing but a glorified mud pit for at least another month. I know my beloved hometown will be able to provide something better.

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    • Would love a fenced-in dog park in Guelph, we just moved into town, and found that the closest one is still in Cambridge/Kitchener! Large enough to let dogs really run, but small enough that the people can keep track of them.

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  3. Yes. This is great news. It would be nice to have a section for small dogs to run around in as well. Can’t wait.

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  4. Would love a fenced in dog park for the furbaby! Often I’m having to travel to acton for a fenced in dog park (and my dog oddly enough hates car rides) but he LOVES to run and play with other dogs, so would love to see something like this be an outcome

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  5. Enforcement of the by-laws would be great. I don’t even take my dog (leashed) for walks in my favourite trails, because of off leash dogs, specially south end and Guelph lake. I call to report, but nothing happens. Picking up poop is another issue as well, specially in the south end. If you are going to change the policy – change enforcement and education of how to be a responsible dog owner. We share the community, it’s not their own back yard to let a dog run free and not be respectful to other people, animals and the community.

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