Off-leash park just for small dogs being tested in Metro Vancouver

New Westminster Record


Small dogs at play. New Westminster Record file photo.

The City of New Westminster has gone to the dogs – small ones.

It’s testing out an off-leash area in Simcoe Park that is just for small dogs.

The city is looking for feedback by taking a survey.

“New Westminster Parks and Recreation is looking for feedback as we test a small dog only off-leash area in Simcoe Park,” reads an online post. “This trial will take place within the existing off-leash dog area. The space will offer small dogs and their owners a place to feel safe and enjoy the benefits that existing users of off-leash dog enclosures currently receive.”

Map courtesy City of New Westminster

You can take the survey here.

Things to know about the trial period:

  • The small dog area is restricted to dogs under 25 pounds
  • Dog owners are responsible for determining the suitability of their dog for the small dog off-leash area
  • Dogs large and small are welcome in the main off-leash area
  • The trial period will run from October 1 through October 31, 2019
  • This survey will be open until the conclusion of the trial period
  • Decisions regarding a permanent off-leash area for small dogs will be made at the conclusion of the trial period