Off-Leash Dog Parks in Sparwood!

Currently, no animals, including dogs and cats, may run at-large in the District of Sparwood. With direction from Council, District of Sparwood Staff are exploring the option of creating one or more off-leash dog parks in Sparwood to provide an area for dog owners to let their dogs off-leash. We have created a survey for residents to complete so we can gather input about off-leash park(s) in Sparwood.

Fill out the survey below, or click here to fill out the survey online!

Why do we need off-leash dog park(s)?
Off-leash dog parks would provide dog owners with specific areas to let their dogs go off-leash safely and socially. This will benefit not only dog owners, who currently have no permitted area to let their dogs off-leash, but also the wider public, as the bylaw requiring dogs to be leashed is not always followed. Having a specific area for off-leash dogs would guide dog owners to this space, rather than utilize areas of Sparwood which are not permitted to have dogs off-leash.

Where will the off-leash dog park(s) go?
The location of the dog park(s) will be determined over the next year. The first step is determining what concerns residents may have about any future dog park(s), what location preferences residents have, and what types of features dog park users are looking for.

What are the current rules for off-leash dogs in the District of Sparwood?
No animals, including cats and dogs, may run at large in the District of Sparwood. If your pet is off your property, it must be on a leash and led by a competent person. Failure to comply may result in a fine of $100

How can I voice my opinion?
We have created this survey to get input from all residents about an off-leash dog park. The online survey can be filled out at this URL:

Surveys will also be distributed via Facebook, Twitter, and will be available for pickup at the District Main Office (136 Spruce Avenue) and the Recreation and Leisure Centre (367 Pine Avenue). We are asking residents to complete and submit surveys by September 15, 2017.

What will be done with the survey results?
District staff will be compiling the survey results in late September, 2017 to help guide decisions about the dog park location and design.

What kinds of questions are we looking to answer?
We want to know where residents think off-leash dog parks are needed, and what they should look like. For instance, what types of things do off-leash dog park users need (i.e. shade, water, seating, trees, etc.)?

If the links above don't work for you, you can copy and paste the URL below into your web browser address bar to fill out the survey online:

or download the survey to print it at home and submit it at the Main Office or Recreation Centre by following this link: