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Delta to enhance safety at off-leash dog area

The detailed design is to be ready this fall
The city has been gathering public feedback on a pair of design options.

The City of Delta is considering changes to an off-leash dog park.

Over the past few weeks, public feedback has been gathered on options for enhancements to the existing off-leash dog area at North Delta Community Park, including improving the safety of the off-leash area by implementing a barrier fence between the existing off-leash area, north of the North Delta Recreation Centre, and the adjacent parking lot.

The barrier fence is proposed to be a minimum of 1.2-metres high.

A couple of design options are being considered, both concepts featuring new seating, shade trees, waste bins and signage that denotes the extent of the off-leash dog area.

The parks department will incorporate the community input into a proposed detailed design this fall. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

Two years ago, city council received a petition with a couple dozen signatures from residents conveying various concerns including the lack of a barrier separating the safe off-leash play area from vehicular traffic, insufficient number of trees and not enough conspicuous signage indicating to park users that the area is being used for off-leash dogs.

The petition asked for a temporary fence between the off-leash area and community centre’s parking lot, more trees for the western portion of the park and better signage.