Guelph’s Leash-Free Policy guides how we assess, build, maintain and enforce new off-leash areas as our city continues to grow.
Following the construction of Peter Misersky Park’s fenced leash-free area, we’ve begun engagement efforts to understand the community concerns and benefits of fenced leash-free areas.
- Report to Council goes live on February 3, 2020 at guelph.ca/council
- Delegation and written comment submissions due 10 a.m. on January 31, 2020
- Committee of the Whole meeting on February 4, 2020
Engagement on fenced leash-free areas
Leash-Free Policy engagement
We engaged with the community about leash-free areas between July 27, 2018 and August 27, 2018 to create the final Leash-Free Policy.
Peter Misersky Park community meeting: November 14, 2019
On November 14, 2019, Open Space Planning staff held an invitation-only meeting to residents of Peter Misersky Park, facilitated by Sage Solutions. The goal of the meeting was to provide a neutral place for residents to share their concerns, ask questions of staff and provide potential solutions for consideration.
Bristol Street Park open house: November 20, 2019
On November 20, 2019, Open Space Planning staff held an open house for community members to learn more about the fenced leash-free area proposed at Bristol Street Park. Residents requested a question and answer period where they shared their concerns, asked questions and provided feedback for anticipated problems. The remainder of the meeting was used for residents to move between four stations dedicated to waste, bylaw enforcement, policy and construction. Residents shared written feedback for staff.
About the policy
In our Leash Free Policy, you will find:
- Standard procedures for creating off-leash areas
- Recommended locations for future fenced-in off-leash areas
- Rules for our off-leash areas to keep people safe
For more information
Luke Jefferson, Manager
Open Space Planning, Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2527