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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September 2020

Final Stakeholder Meeting

Public Survey

A second survey was conducted that asked for feedback on potential strategies for addressing common issues.

October 2019

‘Pup’ Ups in 10 Sites

The City organized drop-in sessions at 10 diverse off-leash area locations.

Review the summary of feedback and pup-up panels.

Stakeholder Meeting 3

September 2019

Public Survey

A survey was conducted that asked for feedback on common issues and potential strategies to address them.

Stakeholder Interviews

Interviews with user group representatives from each of the 10 off-leash area pup-up case study locations were conducted.

August 2019

Stakeholder Meeting 2

June 2019

Stakeholder Meeting 1

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.

In October 2023, Council directed the City of Toronto review and update the City’s approach to planning, locating, funding, building and maintaining Dogs Off-Leash Areas (Item 2023.IE6.8). This comprehensive review builds on the work undertaken in Phase 1 and will be informed by the condition assessment outlined in Phase 2.

This review will also include public consultation, in addition to those undertaken in Phase 1 to ensure the results are up-to-date and encompass all areas outlined in the council-directed review.

Further information on opportunities to participate in the consultations and updates on the review will be posted to this webpage when available.