Leash free policy

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.

Next steps

  • 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.

Read the Leash-Free Policy engagement summary.

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.

Read the Peter Misersky Park Engagement Summary.
Read our Peter Misersky Park questions and answers.

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.

Read the Bristol Street Park open house engagement summary.
Read our Bristol Street Park questions and answers.

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

Read the Leash-Free Program Policy.
Read the Leash-Free Study that led to our work.
Read the original report to Council, June 4, 2019

For more information

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