Kelowna starts sniffing around for a new dog park location


KELOWNA - In a process that’s sure to ruffle some fur, city planners have begun gathering public opinion on where to put the city’s next off-leash dog park.

Begining today, locals can have their say with an online poll on a subject that has proven politically contentious in the past, pitting increasing numbers of dog owners demanding facilities against residents who don’t necessarily want a dog park in their neighbourhood.

Along with the online poll will be a statistically valid phone survey conducted by NRG Research Group on behalf of the city. It will gauge tolerance and support for off-leash dog parks in local neighbourhoods and identify possible locations.

But dog owners shouldn’t get excited just yet. Staff say possible sites will have to be costed out and approved by council before any paws hit the ground, a process that will take months.

Previous surveys have identified a desire for another dog-friendly beach closer to downtown Kelowna than the only other dog beach in the city at Cedar Creek Park.

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