Fido is getting a new place to walk.
Kelowna council has approved a plan to increase the number of places where dogs can be walked on a leash, pushing the total number of city parks that allow the activity to 93.
The 10 new parks include:
• Shetland Linear Park in the College Heights neighbourhood
• Bellevue Creek Greenway between Varney Court and Gordon Drive
• Kuipers Peak Park in the Ponds neighbourhood
• Lochview Trail in Knox Mountain Park
• Mount Royal Open Space, part of the Knox Mountain Park trail network
• The Black Mountain trails
• Hill Spring Park in the Ponds neighbourhood
• Mill Creek Linear Park
• Dewdney no. 1 beach access
• Abbott Neighbourhood Park on Abbott Street.
All the additions are city small parks but parks planer Barb Davidson told council together with the existing 83 parks, the total amount of park area now open in the city to pets dogs on leash will total 795.5 hectares.
She said signs and dispensers with bags for owner to pick up after their pets will be installed in the newly added parks once the bylaw allowing them to be added is approved.
In addition to adding to the number of on-leash park, council also approved the removal of 10 recreation corridors from bylaw that described them as on-leash areas.
Davidson said the corridors are, in fact, part of the city’s sidewalk system and, as such already allow dogs to be walked on leash.
At least one councillor welcomed the addition of more dog-walking areas in the city.
Robert Hobson even joked that he expected a “flood” of letter of enthusiasm from the dog-owner community.
In the past, the issue of parks where dogs are allowed, both on and off leash has been controversial in Kelowna.