Moody Park top priority for new off-leash area

Moody Park will be a top priority in the new dog off-leash management plan adopted by New Westminster council Monday.

“I’m pleased to see that Moody Park has been given some priority,” said Coun. Chuck Puchmayr.

He said there are many seniors in the area who don’t have a car and have pets that need to get some exercise.

“I’m a little disappointed it’s been this far down the road that we’re beginning the consultation process,” he added.

The city will establish a consultation process to plan an off-leash area for Moody Park. The city had requests to add off-leash areas in Grimston Park, Sullivan Park, Simcoe Park, Victoria Hill, Port Royal and Glenbrook Ravine. But city staff recommended “an off leash area in Moody Park continue to be the number one priority area.”

Last November, New Westminster’s parks and recreation committee balked at having an area in Moody Park that wasn’t fenced.

“I originally opposed it because it was in the south end of the park and that’s one of the few urban forests in the city,” said Coun. Bill Harper. “I support it as long as they don’t have it on the south side of the path.”

New Westminster currently has seven off-leash areas. The new management plan includes a recommendation to upgrade existing areas with trees, water, benches, garbage bins, signs, and natural amenities such as boulders and logs for the dogs to play on.

The city will look at developing small dog areas within existing fenced-in areas in Queen’s Park, Hume Park, Westburnco and the West End. Setting up trial off-leash areas without fences in Glenbrook Ravine Park, Tipperary Park and Lower Hume will also be considered. A replacement for the Downtown off-leash area will need to be found because it’s slated for redevelopment.

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