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Greenwood Dog Off-Leash Area Online Community Meeting
November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Earlier this year due to COVID-19, staff resources were deployed to essential functions and as a result work on the Greenwood Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA) was paused. In recent weeks, things have been steadily getting back to normal operations and staff are ready to show the community the work that has been undertaken on a new design.
I hope you can join me and City staff on November 30th for a virtual community meeting to view the design and provide feedback on some of the elements. This meeting will take place on Zoom, so please register in advance.
Date: Monday, November 30th
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Register in advance online here:
Dog owners do not need to be reminded of the issues posed first by the crushed granite surface and subsequently by the pea gravel surface, to which they contributed $10,000 through a major fundraising campaign led by the local dog group.
Unfortunately, the pea gravel caused significant problems with owners reporting injuries and illnesses in their pets. More concerning, the surface proved to be unsafe for anyone using a mobility device making the DOLA entirely unusable for them.
This has been a very challenging situation for the community and one that needed to be addressed. Prior to the pandemic, staff invested considerable time and resources in researching potential surfaces and speaking with other cities to learn about best practices in Ontario and in other parts of North America. The results are in, along with some very exciting ideas designed to entertain and exercise our dogs.
The objectives for the surface are clear – it must meet AODA standards for dog off-leash areas, it has to be safe and user-friendly for people and dogs, it needs good drainage, and it needs to eliminate dust and odour issues often associated with DOLAs.
This has been a long time coming and I appreciate your patience and understanding. We listened to your comments and we worked to get it right. I am very grateful to the staff whose professional assistance in guiding us to a solution that addresses all of the existing issues has been instrumental.
The Greenwood DOLA was a much loved and well used off-leash area and I know how much we would all like to see it restored and enjoyed by dogs and dog owners alike.
I’d also like to hear from you before the meeting. I’d like to know how often you use the DOLA, what is your favourite East End DOLA, and the name(s) of your dog(s). Please also share a photo of your dog(s) with me – I will show them during the meeting to help spread some #EastEndLove! Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.