Walk your dog in Ambleside parks!
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!