Calgary's Beltline area was chosen as the site of the most recent off-leash park after the City of Calgary identified almost 650 dogs licensed in the area. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now.

City opens downtown off-leash park

New site opens at Cannaught Park

The City of Calgary has opened its first fenced inner-city off-leash area at Connaught Park.

“There are almost 650 dogs licensed in the Beltline, and during public engagement we identified a need for a safe and dedicated off-leash space in the area,” says Doug Marter, development manager for Calgary Parks.

Connaught Park, located at 11th Street and 14 Avenue S.W., was selected for its central location and because it was originally designed as a multi-use park, said the City.

The new fenced off-leash space is about the size of a hockey rink. Nineteen new trees and a handful of shrubs have been added to the space to act as a landscape buffer between the different areas of the park as well as the condos adjacent to the park.

Benches, a concrete seat wall and additional grassed sections were also incorporated into the design to provide more seating areas for people to rest and enjoy the park’s scenery. The area also includes drinking fountains for park users and their dogs to use while visiting the park, and a foot pedal garbage can to make it easier for people to throw out their dog’s waste.

The design of the new off-leash space was inspired by other successful urban off-leash areas in cities such as New York and Chicago. Local residents and other Calgarians had the opportunity to give their input on the park’s design in 2014, and construction started last fall.

For more information about the new off-leash space in Connaught Park, visit calgary.ca/newoffleashareas.

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