Saanich’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Committee (PTR) is moving forward with their ‘Paws in Parks’ pilot project, testing various locations for future off leash dog parks in Saanich.
The concept was born after the Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association (CBRA) requested a fenced area for dogs in Cadboro-Gyro Park to see if they would reduce pressure on the beach.
As a result, Council approved $30,000 in funding from the Council Strategic Initiatives Fund to run the pop-up program.
Starting June 29th, pups will be able to enjoy off-leash fun at newly designated parks within the following five Saanich locations:
- Fowler Park: June 29th to July 12th
- Hyacinth Park: July 13th to July 26th
- Gorge Park: July 27th to August 9th
- Rudd Park: August 10th to August 23rd
- Cadboro-Gyro Park: August 24th to September 7th
These fenced off-leash dog parks will open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily until September 8th, with the exception of the first day in each location which will be ready for use late afternoon.
The pilot project hopes to gauge whether an off leash park in Gyro park reduces the demand for an off-leash beach area, receive feedback to understand how to most effectively implement off-leash dog parks around Saanich and determine the best location for a possible future off-leash park or parks.