The City of Toronto provides 45 off-leash parks. For a list of leash free park locations, or The People, Dogs and Parks - Off-Leash Policy you can visit the City of Toronto website at: People, Dogs and Parks - Off-Leash Policy: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/pdf/policy/Parks/dogs/dogs_off-leash_policy.pdf If you have a concern about an off-leash area in a City of Toronto Park, please contact 311 and you will be directed to the park supervisor.
The City of Toronto provides 45 off-leash parks. For a list of leash free park locations, or The People, Dogs and Parks - Off-Leash Policy you can visit the City of Toronto website at:
People, Dogs and Parks - Off-Leash Policy: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/pdf/policy/Parks/dogs/dogs_off-leash_policy.pdf
If you have a concern about an off-leash area in a City of Toronto Park, please contact 311 and you will be directed to the park supervisor.
For litter bins in off-leash areas see: Garbage or recycling bins - litter bins - in City parks - overflowing - request for installation
Dog owners interested in establishing an off-leash area in a City-owned park, green space, waterfront area or alternative site must establish a local dog-owner association. The dog-owner association must provide two key contacts and submit an off-Leash Area Application For to Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
The regulations for leash free areas are approved by City Council. After amalgamation we found that there were off leash areas for dogs in parks in North York, Etobicoke and Toronto. Through the Medical Officer of Health and the Commissioner of Economic Development, Parks and Culture, a report went to the Community and Neighbourhood Services Committee recommending rules for the establishment and operation of off leash areas. http://www.toronto.ca/parks/facilities/dogs/application.htm
Reports from staff make recommendations and provide reasoning why they should be adopted. These proposed rules were debated in the Committee, Community Council as well as City Council. The City of Toronto encourages participation in its deliberations from the public, and during the debate in 1998 and again in 1999 on off leash areas, hundreds of residents submitted, either in writing on in person, their comments on the rules. Subsequently, the rules which are in effect today were approved by Council which also called for regular reviews in the future.
Fencing is NOT compulsory for off leash areas - it is at times discouraged as it does not encourage owners to have control over their dogs or a firm recall command.
TMC Chapter 608
While in a park, no person as owner or person having control of a dog shall allow the dog to run at large, except in a posted designated off-leash area.
While in a park, every person as owner or person having control of a dog shall ensure that it is on a leash or chain not exceeding 2.4 metres in length when not running at large in a posted designated off-leash area.
High Park Off-leash Update - Construction/Improvements
Construction and improvements in the off-leash area are starting this month and scheduled to end later in August. Construction may start as soon as the end of this week (July 4-8, 2011) .
General scope of work includes:
Note that the slope presently within the off-leash area, south of, adjacent to, the allotment gardens is being fenced off to protect the slope and landscape from erosion. Areas of tree root zones are also being fenced off to protect the trees. There is no significant change to the extent of Dog Hill.
Please ensure that you keep your dog in sight and under voice control when off-leash. We want to make sure that the construction workers and our dogs are safe at all times.
Bikes/Skateboards on Spring Road
School is out and that means more children are in the park on their bikes, skateboards and roller skates. Many dogs don't like skateboards, etc., and may chase after them. If you see someone on a skateboard or roller blades, and you know your dog will react, please put your dog on leash or hold their collar until they pass. Spring Road is a multi-purpose road and everyone in the park has the right to use it. Many people walking, biking, jogging, etc., through this area often don't realize it is off-leash for dogs. This is an opportunity for dog owners to educate non-dog owners about the park, the off-leash area and our wonderful four-legged friends. Let's try to make it positive for everyone in the park.