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Banff dog park survey online

A survey is out to gauge the community’s support for an off-leash dog park inside Town of Banff boundaries. The survey went up on the Town of Banff’s website at Banff.ca last week and ends Nov. 18.

A survey is out to gauge the community’s support for an off-leash dog park inside Town of Banff boundaries.

The survey went up on the Town of Banff’s website at Banff.ca last week and ends Nov. 18.

Susan Webb, the Town’s recreation project planner, said council will review the public feedback and staff recommendation in considering an off-leash dog park.

“We’re hoping that dog owners and non-dog owners will complete the survey so we get a sense on whether the community feels a dog park is necessary in the first place, and if so, which of the two sites is most preferred,” she said.

“Once we finalize our recommendation, and if that decision by council is to go ahead, then we will have to complete a formal application to Parks Canada and they will have final say.”

The Town of Banff identified five potential sites for an off-leash dog park, but three of them were ruled out because of land control issues, zoning or environmental sensitivity.

Parks Canada has indicated they would be willing to consider a forested area between Whiskey Creek and Marmot Crescent, or an area at the corner of Compound Road and Hawk Avenue in the industrial compound.

If approved, the park would be a minimum one-acre parcel of land enclosed by a chain-link fence with a gate. A garbage bin and a dog poop bag dispenser would also be installed.

Webb said Banff has very limited green space available for development, especially for a parcel large enough for a dog park.

“An essential filter used in determining potential sites is the land zoning designation,” she said. “Only land zoned as public parkland or land deemed impractical for any other recreational use made the final cut.”

Officials say many local dog owners run their dogs illegally on Town or Parks Canada land, potentially interfering with other people or wildlife.

“If a safe and protected off-leash dog area were provided, the problem of dogs at large is likely to be reduced,” said Webb.

Local dog owners have been calling for a dog park since 2003.


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