This is a petition to change the existing by-laws that prohibit dogs in Ambleside Parks which currently ban dogs from the parks with the exception of the off lead dog park area which is on native land. We feel this is an unreasonable restriction of use of our parks to a large percentage of the community, who should be able to enjoy the parks with their dogs. Restricted access to the designated off lead area encourages driving to the park rather than walking. Heavy fines and heavy handed enforcement that has begun in earnest is unprecedented in our community. We believe that dogs should be allowed throughout the park on leash and under control and that the owners should be fully responsible for clean up and disposal of waste. The beach should be out of bounds in the summer months for obvious reasons. This seems to be the case in other Vancouver City Parks i.e. Jericho Beach etc. Given the large number of families that include at least one dog in the household it seems unfair to have Ambleside Parks as undog friendly. Walking dogs is a healthy, social and important recreational activity. Dog walking is much less expensive to support than many sports activities and can be enjoyed by all age groups. Friends of the dogs unite!
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Sarah Reynolds, United Kingdom3 years ago Comments: -
Louise White, Canada7 years ago Comments: I have no problem with most by-laws. Lack of common sense is what needs to be outlawed, not dogs in common areas paid for by all tax payers! As a general rule, people cause far more problems in society than a pet watching a soccer game in a municipal park or enjoying a nice walk. Smarten up!
Steve Reilly, Canada7 years ago Comments: Given the current leash rules, either I can take my dog and daughter for a walk at Ambleside but we can't go the playground (because I can't out Oscar on a leash while my daughter plays), or we can go the playground but we have to leave the dog in the car, which means we can't walk to the park! Doesn't make a lot of sense really.
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