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New Delta off-leash dog area now open

The new off-leash area had been years in the making
The City of Delta has a dozen leash-optional areas for licensed dogs. Sandor Gyarmati photo

The new off-leash dog area at Pebble Hill Park in Tsawwassen is now open to the public.

Trent Reid, General Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture, told the Optimist the project is almost complete with only the water drinking foundation left to install.

The new enclosed area includes two separate fenced areas for dogs: a small dog area with wood chip surfacing and a large "all-dog" area with wood chip and gravel surfacing.

The dog off-leash area was established in 2010 within a BC Hydro transmission right-of-way. The old off-leash area was not fenced and had relied on signage and natural boundaries.

The new project includes fencing, gates, benches and landscaping. Since the new off-leash park would also be within the transmission right-of-way, special design considerations have been put in place for the unique location, according to the city.

The city began looking at creating an off-leash enclosure back in 2019.

The original plan would undergo design changes and the city last year finally received conditional approval by BC Hydro.

The path, the double gates with accessible latch and compacted gravel pad are accessible for wheelchairs.

The off-leash enclosure was part of a bigger package of improvements for the park.

As far as the sport courts at the park, that work is to be completed by Metro Vancouver and will include the restoration of the four tennis courts in conjunction with the regional district’s reservoir upgrades. Reid noted they've been informed by Metro that work will be completed this year.

Pickleball will not be included as originally planned.