Kelowna city hall wants public input on new off-leash dog beach plan

City is considering adding four new off-leash beach areas and another off-leash park.

Kelowna city hall is looking at adding four new off-leash dog beaches and one new off-leash dog park in the city.

To gather public input, residents are invited to attend a meeting the city is calling a “community discovery session” on June 15 to learn more about potential locations: Cedar Avenue Beach Access, Lake Avenue Access, Poplar Point Drive Beach Access, Munson Pond Park and a “mini” beach near the Sails sculpture at the foot of BernardAvenue downtown.

“A statistically valid survey conducted earlier this year indicated that there is a demand for more off-leash dog beaches in particular,” said Robert Parlane, parks  and buildings planning manager.

“The purpose of this session is to enable residents to provide feedback on the proposed locations. It’s also an opportunity to identify potential concerns and look at possible solutions.”

The meeting will be held Wednesday, June 15 from 4  p.m. to  6:30 p.m. in Kerry Park, adjacent to the Sails sculptpture.

Residents unable to attend are encouraged to get involved by viewing information boards posted on the city’s website and providing feedback online at getinvolved.kelowna.ca from June 7 until June 28.

The potential neighbourhood locations were identified based on the survey results.

All proposed off-leash areas are subject to community input, council approval and budget approval.

For more information about dog parks and the public engagement process, including the results of the survey, go to kelowna.ca/parks.