Toronto is exploring ways to improve its 70+ dogs off-leash areas to accommodate a growing population and the many different ways Torontonians want to use our parks.
Phase 1 explored what kinds of features and maintenance approaches could support and protect human and dog safety, health and enjoyment, harmonious relationships and the natural environment.
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A second survey was conducted that asked for feedback on potential strategies for addressing common issues.
The City organized drop-in sessions at 10 diverse off-leash area locations.
Review the summary of feedback and pup-up panels.
A survey was conducted that asked for feedback on common issues and potential strategies to address them.
Interviews with user group representatives from each of the 10 off-leash area pup-up case study locations were conducted.
So far, lessons learned have informed:
In Phase 2, the City will assess the physical condition of all 70+ off-leash areas in Toronto. The assessments will examine the state of surfaces and drainage, tree protection, entrances and fencing, seating, shade and other amenities. Results will assist the City in identifying where repairs and upgrades are needed, as well as estimated costs for the identified work.