Paisley in the southwest and Alex Decoteau downtown are set to reopen on Saturday morning, joining Lauderdale as fenced, off-leash dog parks no longer closed because of COVID-19.
The Manning Village Off-Leash Dog Park remains temporarily closed for maintenance.
“We expect that there will be good compliance with physical distancing requirements in these locations, like we have seen at other dog parks,” said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin.
Dog owners will notice an important change to the experience at the parks. The City is not supplying dog bags. Dog bag dispensers are commonly touched surfaces that are not being cleaned. Owners are asked to bring their own bags and clean up after their pets.
As well, owners should remember to touch gates, latches and fences as little as possible, wash or sanitize their hands, and to practise two-metre physical distancing.
The fenced dog area at Decoteau Park is significantly smaller than at the other parks. Although the Chief Medical Officer of Health announced on May 15 that outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are okay, dog owners are reminded to, please, follow provincial regulations by keeping gatherings of non-canines small enough to maintain two-metre physical distancing. 😊 😊
Because you love dogs and dog parks enough to have read to this point in the post, here’s a nice little video that shows why dogs and dog parks are loveable:
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Editor’s Note: The pic at the top of the post shows the Paisley Off-Leash Dog Park, 3051 Paisley Green SW. 🐕