Optional Dog Park Separation Gate Pilot Project

The idea to identify opportunities to extend off-leash dog areas with a “separable” area was supported by the community and included in the People, Parks & Pups Strategy (2022).
 

Moody Park Dog Off-Leash Area

In 2018, a small/shy dog area was created in the Moody Park off-leash dog area on a trial basis. At the end of the trial period, a survey was conducted to gather input from park users.
Feedback indicated that the majority of respondents were in favor of creating a new small/shy dog off-leash dog area; however, many residents also expressed a need to create more flexibility within the off-leash area and the amount of space available. In order to test how a more flexible space might work, New Westminster Parks and Recreation will be installing a new a small/shy dog area where we will be piloting an optional separation gate. At users’ discretion, the optional separation gate may be open to create one large all-dog area or closed to create a separate small/shy dog area.

Queen's Park Dog Off-Leash Area

The Queen’s Park dog off-leash area has also been selected as a special study area to pilot an optional separation gate between the all-dog off-leash area and the small/shy dog off-leash area. At users’ discretion, the optional separation gate may be open to create one large, all-dog area or closed to create a separate small/shy dog area.

Important Dates

  • The optional separation gates are scheduled to be installed in July 2022
  • Staff will be visiting the dog off-leash areas between August and October to collect feedback from dog owners

Separable Area Rules

  1. Please keep the gate closed unless you are actively using both areas
  2. Remember to close the gate when you have finished using the space
  3. Please consult with other off-leash area users before opening the gate to make sure everyone using the space is comfortable
  4. Preference for the gate position (open or closed) is given to owners exclusively using the small/shy dog area