(From left) Jennifer Green

South Surrey dog-park plan gets rethink

Parks department revising plan after receiving feedback from irate dog owners

Surrey’s parks department appears to have had second thoughts about the potential location of new fencing in South Surrey’s Dogwood Park, a favourite off-leash park for the dog-owning community.

Ted Urich, manager of parks planning, research and design told Peace Arch News this week that revised plans will actually increase – rather than reduce – the off-leash area of the park.

Signs posted in the park earlier this month had seemed to suggest that fencing improvements in the park to be completed by “summer 2015” would whittle down the area for exercising dogs off-leash – prompting a chorus of disapproval from dog owners.

At the time, parks manager Owen Croy insisted the city was merely seeking feedback on the idea.

“We got a lot of feedback on the proposed location of the fence,” Urich confirmed Tuesday. “We heard loud and clear. We’re re-drafting plans to take into account the feedback, and the reworked plans will be posted at the park and on the city’s website.”

Urich said that while plans were not finalized, they would amount to “increasing the area for off-leash dogs,” which will necessitate some path and trail realignment.

He said the city recognizes the value of off-leash parks, but also the importance of trails and paths to walkers, runners and cyclists. He was optimistic, he said, that the potential for confrontations between different types of users can be minimized.

 

“We hope to be able to accommodate all uses of the park,” he said.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Surrey man to bike across Canada

Last minute decision to take Rajiv Dhaliwal on three-month journey

White Rock RCMP reviews street checks for racial bias

Report indicates checks are being conducted bias-free

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

PHOTOS: Surrey rally supports Mona Wang, calls for wellness check reform

Security camera footage shows Wang being dragged, stepped on during RCMP wellness check at UBCO

Filming applications ‘coming in slowly’ to the City of Surrey

Netflix cancels ‘Sabrina’, but filming manager says new calls coming in to film in Cloverdale

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Fraser Valley loses the Keith Wilson Waver as Ron Hupper passes away

Hupper brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of people traveling Chilliwack’s Keith Wilson Road

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Most Read

l -->