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Surrey survey to help guide city’s off-leash dog strategy

This is for the next decade, at Survey closes July 5
Dog in park. (Pixabay)

Time will tell if this becomes a bone of contention…

The City of Surrey is asking park users – those who own dogs, those who don’t, and “other interested and affected parties – to weigh in on the City’s Dog Off-Leash Areas Strategy by participating in a survey designed to help guide dog “amenities and services” for the next decade, at

This includes where such things are built, materials used, and how they’re paid for. The survey closes July 5.

“As Surrey continues to grow and evolve, it’s important that our dog off-leash areas adapt to meet the changing needs of our community,” reads a statement attributed to Mayor Brenda Locke in a press release issued by city hall. “Our current Dog Off-Leash Areas Strategy is due for an update to ensure these spaces remain safe and accessible for residents in the years to come. I encourage all residents to participate in the survey and share their thoughts on how we can improve our dog off-leash areas, so that we can create a more inclusive and welcoming city for everyone. We are committed to ensuring that our city’s parks and green spaces are enjoyable for all.”

The press release notes that Surrey already has 19 off-leash areas for dogs.

People with opinions on the matter are also encouraged to attend a community pop-up event. They are being held on June 15 – Freedom Dog Off Leash Area (Fleetwood) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; on June 20 – Newton Community Centre (Newton) from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; on June 22 – Paw Play in the Park (Surrey Animal Resources Centre) – Forsyth Park (Whalley) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on July 1 – Canada Day Celebration - Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre (Cloverdale) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About the Author: Tom Zytaruk

I write unvarnished opinion columns and unbiased news reports for the Surrey Now-Leader.
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