My Office has heard from Ward 4 residents on the issues of the off-leash areas on Nose Hill Park regarding dogs. If you see any issues in the area, or witness behavior that is concerning please call the City at 311. The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw requires pet owners to have dogs on-leash when on a pathway or any area not indicated as off-leash. Also, the City has done extensive work to return pathways to grass, but your cooperation is needed to make this a success. Please refrain from making new bike paths, or walkways, and stick to the existing paved walkways.
The City has taken some steps to address the issues of the off-leash area:
- In 2016 there were 46 dog related calls to Animals Services, linked to the Nose Hill Park area.
- In 2016, Parks and Calgary Community Standards (CCS) jointly participated in several education programs. This included two P.U.P.P.Y (Pick Up Pooch’s Poo Yourself) events, eight off-leash ambassadors volunteered at the park, six educational blitzes (Parks and CCS officers), and several unscheduled patrols.
- We have also made progress in implementing the 2005 Nose Hill Trail and Pathway Plan and completed the West and East side trails.
Plans for 2017:
- Continue with implementing the 2005 Nose Hill Trail and Pathway Plan, and complete the North and South sections of the plan. This project is close to $1.2 million.
- Improve Parking lots, known as the Edgemont and 14 Street Parking Lots.
- Improve off-leash signage to facilitate easier enforcement. This strategy includes reviewing existing signage, proper placement of signs, and providing orientation maps. We also believe that the trail improvements will make way finding easier in the park and help with clarifying if users are in the multi-use zone (including off-leash area), or outside of this zone where dogs are required to be on-leash.
- Continue partnering with Parks and Community Standards in 2017 on running educational programs in the park.
- We are also considering making the boundaries to the multi-use area more clear by adding natural markers or other delineating objects. However, this may require additional funding and may take some time to implement.