Lauderdale off-leash dog park reopens with bring-your-own bags reminder

Editor’s note: Info on fenced off-leash dog parks has been updated on May 15, 2020. Check Two fenced off-leash dog parks set to reopen on long weekend, Manning Village remains temporarily closed

Welcome bark!

The Lauderdale off-leash dog park reopened this morning, 34 days after it was temporarily closed as a safety precaution against the spread of COVID-19. 

“We’re coming to play at the dog park because my dogs go crazy without it,” said Brooklyn Matton-Moe, who, being up to speed on physical distancing rules, quickly added: 

“We’ll keep our distance, like, six feet apart.” 

City of Edmonton crews put up signs and removed locks on the park gates just before the announcement was made official at 10 a.m. The dogs took it from there. 

Lauderdale off-leash dog park is open again!

Here’s the poop

In a new safety move, the dog bag stations are no longer being equipped with bags at either Lauderdale, near 127 Avenue and 113A Street, or any of the 38 open dog parks in Edmonton. 

Dog owners are asked to bring their own bags, and to pick up after their animals. 

The City’s three other fenced dog parks—Manning Village, Paisley, Alex Decoteau—are still closed for the next bit. 

“We reopened the Lauderdale fenced dog park this morning and will follow with the remaining three dog parks in the coming days, once we monitor the performance at the Lauderdale site,”  Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin told a physically distanced City Council meeting. 

“We are encouraged that dog owners have been respecting the physical distancing requirements and avoiding mass gatherings in parking lots.”

Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin, City Hall, May 7, 2020

The City announced that peace officers will continue to monitor Lauderdale to make sure dog owners follow physical distancing rules. And the City reminded people that the Lauderdale dog park’s fences, latches and gates are not being sanitized. Washing your hands and not touching your face continue to be good tips to prevent COVID-19.

Take a look at the happy scene this morning as Lauderdale reconnected with its dogs and owners. 

Thanks to dog owners for their patience. 

Editor’s note: Big dog at Lauderdale off-leash park appears in video played at Edmonton City Hall, May 7, 2020.