Off-leash dog park proposal killed

A spark of hope for a new off-leash dog park in Kelowna was snuffed out earlier this week, when a city staff report cited high costs as a prohibitive measure.

At a March 28 meeting, city councillors asked staff to report back on the feasibility of using a portion of the future DeHart Park in the Mission as a temporary off-leash dog park.

When the report returned they learned that fencing the site, at the corner of Gordon Drive and DeHart, and various other work required to bring it up to snuff would cost $20,000, prompting council to back off from the idea.

“I asked council to take a look at it, and it’s expensive,” said Coun. Michele Rule, adding that it’s not worth pursuing.  As is, the Mission neighbourhood already has a number of parks.

There are six on-leash dog parks, and there are two off leash parks nearby.”

What Rule did want to learn more about, however, was whether plans to build a dog park in the Parkinson Recreation area were coming together.

That, she learned, wasn’t on city staff’s radar as there is no money allocated for off-leash dog parks in the city’s budget this year.


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