Telephone survey for leash-free areas underway

Feedback to inform report to Council in February 2020

Guelph, Ont., December 12, 2019 – The City is conducting a telephone survey about leash-free facilities in Guelph.

The telephone survey will include questions about fenced leash-free areas, similar to those included in Parks and Recreation Master Plan survey, including:

  • Whether the City should allow or prohibit leash-free areas next to protected natural areas.
  • Preferred options for leash-free areas, including fenced leash-free areas, trails, or none at all.
  • Where residents think fenced dog parks should be located.
  • If residents would want a fenced leash-free area in a park near their home.

The City will use these survey results, other community engagement feedback and staff’s professional expertise, to inform a report presented at Committee of the Whole on February 3, 2020.

The report will provide a summary of engagement efforts to date and recommendations on next steps for leash-free areas in Guelph.

A link to the report will be posted on January 23, 2020. Residents interested in delegating at the February 3 meeting must register no later than 10 a.m. on January 31, 2020. Learn more about delegating or submitting written comments at

For more information

Luke Jefferson, Manager
Open Space Planning, Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2527
[email protected]