Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The first phase of Halifax’s new off-leash dog park officially opened today, Dec. 31, at the Halifax Mainland Common, near Westridge Drive.
The second phase of the park will focus on the wooded area. Additional enhancements in that phase will include adding shelter space, a water source, trails and changes to the fencing. All Phase 2 work is scheduled to proceed as weather permits over the winter and in the spring of 2015.
Once finished, 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.
This new park replaces the off-leash area at Africville Park. Council directed staff to decommission the Africville site once a new park was identified and opened, no later than Dec. 31, 2014.
That means that effective Jan. 1, 2015, Africville Park will no longer be 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.
For more information on municipal off-leash areas and the Off-Leash Parks Strategy, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/property/OLPS/index.php.