Updated: October 23, 2018
On January 16th, 2018, Regional Council approved Administrative Order 2017-013-OP to guide the decision making regarding the designation of off-leash areas within municipal parks. We invite you to review the staff report that accompanied the new Administrative Order.
Regional Council also directed staff to identify potential additional off-leash areas within the communities of Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, Spryfield and Dartmouth. Staff are currently undertaking this review.
The decision to designate a portion of a park as off-leash is subject to the approval of Regional Council. Staff will be providing recommendations to Regional Council via separate staff reports for identified sites following public consultations.
On October 16th, 2018 Regional Council considered, and approved, the staff recommendation that a portion of Don Bayer Park, 26 Troop Avenue, Dartmouth be designated a year-round dedicated (fully fenced) off-leash area. Details are contained within a Staff Report
This project will now be added to the municipal list of construction projects for completion within the 2019/2020 fiscal year.
When construction is complete the off-leash area will be officially opened to the public. In the meantime, the Don Bayer Sports Field remains available as a seasonal (Nov 1 – May 1) off-leash area.
On June 5, 2018 Regional Council passed the following motion:
“That Halifax Regional Council request staff prepare a comprehensive park plan for the Rehab Lands on Bissett Road, to be completed as a 2019/20 Business Plan deliverable, which shall incorporate community engagement, the Cole Harbour Open Space Plan, and consideration of an Off-Leash Dog Park. MOTION PUT AND PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.”
As such, the former Rehabilitation Centre Lands will be examined for potential inclusion in the off-leash program as part of the comprehensive park planning exercise.
The Eastern Passage Common on Caldwell Road is currently undergoing a comprehensive park plan review and will also be examined for its off-leash potential.
Public consultation for the Eastern Passage Common is commenced on October 22nd, 2018, please check the above link for details.
While there may be some opportunity for an off-leash area to be considered, there are numerous other recreation and institutional uses that may make it challenging to accommodate this activity. Therefore, staff will also continue to review alternatives.
On August 14, 2018 Regional Council passed the following motion:
“That Halifax Regional Council request a staff report to look at potential of off leash dog parks in the Long Lake Provincial Park Area; excluding the new trail system off North West Arm Drive. MOTION PUT AND PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.”
Staff are currently working with the NS Department of Lands and Forestry (formerly the Department of Natural Resources) to further examine a potential partnership for the Long Lake Provincial Park and other potential candidate sites within the community.
For further information, please contact:
Real Property Policy Coordinator, Parks and Recreation