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Off-Leash Parks Strategy

Find information and maps for Off-Leash Areas & Sportsfields in the Halifax region.

Review of Off-Leash Parks Strategy

On June 24, 2014, Regional Council directed staff to review the existing Off-Leash Parks Strategy to assess requirements, management and programing costs, including the establishment of fenced off-leash parks. In late 2015, Regional Council approved the updated Off-Leash Parks Strategy and directed staff to move ahead with preparing an Administrative Order. That work is underway now, with the new Administrative Order expected to be back at Regional Council for its consideration by the spring 2016.

Decommissioning of Off-Leash Area at Africville Park

PLEASE NOTE: As of Jan. 1, 2015, Africville Park is no longer an off-leash area. Signage throughout the park indicates that dogs are still permitted, as long as they are on a leash and accompanied by their owner. Those in violation may be ticketed.


After discussing a staff report and recommendation to decomission the off-leash area at Africville Park, Regional Council voted June 24, 2014, to close the site as soon as a new location is identified and opened. Council directed that to happen by the end of 2014.

Staff held a public consultation meeting in July to discuss a proposed new off-leash dog park on land to the east of the parking lot at Africville Park, near the MacKay Bridge. The overwhelming consensus was that site would not meet the needs of the public and staff were directed to consider new sites. Staff identified five new sites for consideration in an updated staff report, which was discussed at the Oct. 21, 2014, Council meeting. In the end, Council approved a staff recommendation to hold community consultation on a proposed fenced-in off-leash site southwest of the artificial turf fields at the Halifax Mainland Common.

Council later approved the Mainland Common site and construction began in December. The first phase of the new park is now open. Once Phase 2 is complete this spring, the park will offer approximately three acres of fenced-in green and wooded space for people and their dogs to enjoy off leash. The park is adjacent to the popular Mainland North Linear Trail, which will continue to be an on-leash area.

Mainland Common Proposed Site

Flinn Park Off Leash Area Proposal

The Off Leash Parks Strategy Committee has reviewed the following report of the recent public meeting concerning an application to consider an off leash area in Flinn Park.  The Committee also reviewed several emails from local residents regarding the application.  In light of the strong division of opinions for, and against, the off leash area, the Committee has decided that the development of an off leash area in Flinn Park would not be successful at this time and that it would serve to further divide the neighbourhood.  The Committee encourages local residents to continue to discuss this matter and seek out ways to achieve consensus.   In the meantime, dog owners are reminded that their pets must be leashed in all areas of the park.   

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