Kelowna’s dog park dreams put off

Fido’s fantasies of a watery frolic will have to wait at least another year, much to the dismay of those who have been lobbying for a lakeside pooch park.

“It’s disappointing,” said Kitrin Neeland, of the Okanagan Dog Owners Association, following news that city council felt the best way forward with the contentious dog park issue was to put out a survey in 2012, assuming $25,000 needed for the endeavor was available.

Through that survey, the city will suss out current patterns of use, potential issues, compliance rates and areas of conflicts.

“In terms of the city doing another survey, there’s no need. We don’t need to put this back any longer,” said Neeland, adding there are an ample amount of off-leash parks already.

“There is need for beach-front dog park. There’s so much space in this town, there’s got to be room somewhere.”

While the bulk of city councillors thought the idea of the 2012 study indicated an appetite to move forward on the issue in the best way possible, Coun. Charlie Hodge echoed Neeland’s sentiments the day earlier, and was noticeably ruffled by the direction laid out by staff in the dog study.

“I am disappointed in this report—I have found the tone of the report to have a negative edge,” he said, indicating he’d rather see an interim park open in the summer than have survey taken some time in the offing.

“Because we have no dog accessible (water) parks, we have a whole bunch of people regularly breaking our bylaws. We don’t have the people or the time to enforce those bylaws.”

Hodge went on to say that the perception he’s beaten the issue to death is erroneous, but it’s high time that there’s some effort to allow dogs access to waterfront parks, and a survey is little more than a waste of money.

“We have one petition with 850 names on it, and there was a march in the summer that shows there are a great amount of people who feel there are a great need for (water) parks.”

Hodge conceded that there is one water park available to dogs, but pointed out it’s a nudist spot near Cedar Creek, and that’s not an area most tourists, let alone locals, would like to tread.

“Do we want to be perceived as a dog friendly community?” he said.

While Hodge was passionate in his fight for a dog park, the rest of council agreed that the budget didn’t have room for the expenditure and the city is dog-friendly enough considering the economic conditions at present.

Just Posted

Vernon one of Canada’s most dangerous places

Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lake Country and Salmon Arm also make Maclean’s list

Fence to go up along part of Mission Creek

360 metres of chain-link fence to go up in Mission Creek Regional Park

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

Three-vehicle accident on Highway 33

Crews are on the scene of the multi vehicle collision about 10 kms east of Kelowna

Cram the Cruiser back in Lake Country

The annual fundraiser will be held Dec. 2 at the Save On

Okanagan ski hills open for the season

Both Big White and Silverstar Resort open for the 2017-18 season Thursday

Four years for discharging shotgun in home, school break-in

Yvon Martel also threatened his wife and broke into an elementary school

Traci Genereaux: Gone, but not forgotten

COLUMN: Family, friends want justice for Vernon teen

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Up close and personal roots performance on Vernon stage

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society presents William Prince Nov. 29-30

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

Letter to the editor: Missing woman’s parents appreciate search effort

To take part in the banner drop, poster distribution and the drone… Continue reading

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

Most Read