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Paws In Parks



"PAWS IN PARKS" 


WHAT IS PAWS IN PARKS?

"Paws in Parks" is designed to provide off-leash access within specific municipal parks to accommodate the needs of dog owners to exercise their pets where they won't be subject to the Municipal By-law.


IS THIS A PERMANENT PROGRAM?

The Paws in Parks program began as a pilot project in 2016. In early 2017 Municipal Staff reviewed the project's success through public meetings and communication with residents. A Staff Report, based on resident feedback, was presented to and adopted by Municipal Council on Feb 8th, 2017. These changes included the removal of the River Flats location in Kilworth and the relocation of the Arva “Off Leash Area” to another area within Douglas B. Weldon Park. The Ilderton Rail Trail area will remain as it was piloted.

Staff are continuously looking for feedback on how to improve the program and for additional off leash areas as they come available. Please forward all questions, concerns or feedback to Scott Mairs, Director, Community Services at mairs@middlesexcentre.on.ca.


ARE THERE AREAS WHERE DOGS ARE NEVER ALLOWED?

As there is a current municipal by-law that prohibits dogs being run off-leash at all municipal parks, only parks identified through the Paws in Parks program is where dogs can legally be run off-leash.  To keep our parks clean and safe for children, dogs must always stay outside of playground and sport field boundaries.

WHICH AREA CAN I GO WITHOUT MY LEASH?

Clearly placed signs within each park will direct your handler whether dogs are allowed off-leash.  If a green off-leash sign is not posted, your handler must have you on a leash at all times.



WHY THESE AREAS?

Municipal Staff along with consultation through the Community Services Advisory Committee has determined the best options for off-leash areas.  They looked at a variety of needs in an effort to balance the interest of all park users.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

In addition to knowing where dogs are allowed off-leash, there are some simple rules for your handler to follow.

RULES TO PAWS FOR:

  • Make sure your dog is wearing a current licence tag on their collar
  • Pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in a garbage can
  • Keep your dog outside of playground and sport field boundaries
  • Do not allow your dog to dig holes in a municipal park
  • Do not let your dog jump on people
  • Ensure you have control of your dog at all times whether on or off leash

    ARVA    
                                                      


    ILDERTON  


More information or feedback?

If you have any questions or feedback on the Paws in Parks program,
Please contact:
Scott Mairs - Director, Community Services 519-601-8022 ext 102
or mairs@middlesexcentre.on.ca