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Vernon OKs on-leash dogs in Polson Park for next two years

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September 19, 2017 - 10:45 AM

VERNON - Vernon council has decided to let on-leash dogs into Polson Park as part of a two-year pilot project to encourage more visitors.

The project is expected to start sometime this fall, and will involve additional garbage cans, dog bag dispensers, new signage and a drinking fountain for dogs, according to a release from the City of Vernon.

“Vernon residents will have an opportunity to provide their comments about the trial through a questionnaire that will be launched during the trial period,” the city says in the release.

Council has also endorsed improvements along the pathway and boardwalk at the south end of the park, including more trimming of trees and foliage, and the replacement of benches and signage.

“These improvements are intended to make the area feel safer for residents and to prepare for the increase of pedestrians and cyclists that will be travelling through the area when the Kalamalka Lake Road Multi Use Path opens next year,” the city says.

The installation of facilities to support on-leash dogs in the park has a budget of $28,150 while the improvements to the pathway and boardwalk have a budget of $32,000. These projects will be funded by the Polson Park Reserve and the 2016 year end unexpended and uncommitted funds. The additional maintenance to the boardwalk is expected to cost $31,185 annually.

The start date for the on-leash dog pilot project will be announced this fall.

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