No dogs allowed in parks in and around Vernon

The City of Vernon Bylaw Enforcement Department would like to remind pet owners that there are no dogs allowed in City or Regional parks, including Polson Park and Lakeview Park, on the beaches, or on the board walk at the rear of Polson Park unless the park is specifically signed as a dog park.

“Recently we have had a number of complaints regarding dog owners attending Polson Park, and being rude and obnoxious when approached by other park users, who mention the regulation restricting dogs. We would like to remind the public that you may be subject to a $50.00 to a $100.00 fine, and may be banned from access to the park, if found in a park with your dog, when that park does not specifically allow dogs. There are a good number of easily accessible dog parks in the community. There is a park near Polson Park above the Hospital and across from Armoury Park that allows dogs, and another one at the bottom of the DND grounds just above 15th Street west of 32nd Avenue that are close by,” said Clint Kanester, Manager of Bylaw Enforcement. 

A few other great places to exercise and socialize your dog include:

- The Gray Canal trail (good for dogs on leash) – 1.2 km north of BX Elementary School on Silver Star Road. Parking is on Blackcomb Way.
- BX Ranch Park - 1.5 km E. on BX Rd. from the junction of 46th Ave. & Pleasant Valley Rd.
- Marshall Field Park – 6601 Okanagan Landing Road along Vernon Creek
- Becker Park – behind Vernon Recreation Centre. Park in the Curling Rink lot.

In addition, most school properties allow dogs to be walked during non-school hours. A full list of dog parks is found on the website
Dog owners are asked to keep their dog under their care and control, keep a bag handy to clean up after their dog and place any trash in garbage cans. Please be respectful of other park users.

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