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Off Leash Parks Strategy

Off Leash Dog Park Survey: Through a motion of Halifax Regional Council held on June 24, 2014 municipal staff have been asked to review the existing Off Leash Parks Strategy to assess requirements, management and programing costs including the establishment of fenced off-leash parks. Residents are encouraged to provide their input via an online survey which will help inform Halifax Regional Council about park user opinion. Survey closes September 25th, 2014.

Decommissioning of Africville Off Leash Dog Park Background

Regional Council voted on June 24 to close the off-leash area at Africville as soon as a new site is identified and opened. Until that happens, the current site at Africville will remain an off-leash area. Councillors have asked that the new site be in place by the end of 2014.

View the June 24, 2014, Council report: Decommissioning of Africville Off-Leash Dog ParkTo PDF Acrobat Tips

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 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.

Mainland Common Proposed Site

Residents can provide feedback at the public consultation session, which will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 30, at the Halifax Forum, 6209 Almon St., in the Maritime Hall building. For those unable to attend, feedback can be sent to Holly Richardson in Parks & Recreation at

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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