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07/11/2018 2:38 PM
Off-leash dog park master plan passes first hurdle
A long-awaited master plan for the creation of additional off-leash dog parks passed a hurdle at city hall Wednesday despite objections from several dog club representatives.
The city’s proposed off-leash areas master plan was unanimously endorsed by Mayor Brian Bowman and members of his executive policy committee.
The plan would, if council approves, set aside $300,000 annually for the next six years to set up additional off-leash parks.
However, representatives from several dog clubs objected to the provisions of the plan that would see existing green spaces doubling as off-leash areas.
The dog club representatives argued that single-use areas are preferred, as having shared sites results in conflicts with other users.
Parks manager Dave Domke told EPC that the goal is to ultimately have separate off-leash areas but it’s not possible to meet public demand without having some shared spaces at the outset.
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City of Winnipeg presentation:
Hello, my name is Lloyd Johnson and I represent the Little Mountain Park Pet Owners Association and the Little Mountain Conservancy Group . I am here to talk to the council about the value of single-use off leash dog parks.
Little Mountain Park is located outside the City boundaries within the R.M. of Rosser. It is the site of the original City of Winnipeg foundation quarry’s that were opened before the City was incorporated. Little Mountain Park was the original location to the village of Mount Royal Manitoba where 200 people called the area home. Little Mountain is also home to many at risk plants, a Leopard Frog population, a variety of animals and our environment plays host to a large a varied group of birds like owls, hawks and the occasional bald eagle. Our native hazelnut tree seeds have found a home in the Arbour seed catalogue farm located in the States. As an interesting side note, we are also part of Haunted Manitoba!
The pet owners of Little Mountain have been stewards of the park for years, working hand in hand with the City’s park personnel. We have enjoyed a positive relationship in matters of park maintenance, garbage clean-up and the introduction of recycling bins. We have introduced two new bat houses and worked on a bird house project with a special needs group to enhance the beauty of the environment.
The trails of Little Mountain Park have long provided a release from the tensions of the day for both people and their dogs. The health and wellness provided by a simple walk are immeasurable. There is a strong sense of community created by just walking and talking to other park users. The trails of Little Mountain also allow a “dog to be a dog’. Running, playing, chasing and being with other dogs is all part of the psychological make-up that goes into having a well behaved dog. We had a petition a while ago to make the entire Little Mountain Park a legally off leash park instead of just having one small area that is bordered the busy Klimpke Road and Farmer Road. The single use park concept being presented represents an open space to walk, enjoy the natural environment at every time of the year.
There are several examples of group use activity that have not worked out well. The placement of a football field in the middle of the ‘off leash area’ would be one and the large fairs that have been using the park have done major damage to the environment. The vandalism of the washroom facility is a constant sore spot with both the dog owners and the parks personnel. Partying, bon fires and the breaking of bottles have made the quarry areas dangerous to everybody. The setting off of fireworks and tall grass prairie do not mix well!
Our location is unique to the city. As mentioned before, we fall outside the City limits and as such are considered an “orphan park”. We do not have any official political representation on City Council, however Brian Mayes has kindly taken us under his wing and has been a great supporter of our park and our efforts to make it a better place.
In conclusion, each and every park has different concerns and circumstances. All have something to offer both in physical and mental health. But it is the love for our pets that bind us together. And that is worth fighting for!
Thank you for the opportunity to speak.
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New Opportunities for Engagement
Last summer, your answers to our Questions of the Week gave us guidance on where to focus on improving engagement and we want to hear from you again.
The Question of the Week is back. The next four newsletters will ask questions about your experiences to build on what we've heard so far.
Answer Question 1 now: Have you noticed any changes with regards to public involvement in City projects in the past several years?
Interested in 2017 responses? Visit winnipeg.ca/publicengagement for all of our past newsletters, including question of the week results.
Ongoing Opportunities for Engagement
Route 90 Improvements Study phase 2 engagement
Phase two of public engagement provides Winnipeggers with an opportunity to share input on key areas for the preliminary design, including: active transportation, traffic changes, transit, local improvements and access, accessibility and other design elements. Winnipeggers are invited to participate in a second online survey, available from June 13 to July 30, 2018.
For more information, please visit: winnipeg.ca/route90
Eastern Corridor potential route options
Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend an open house to provide feedback on potential route options for the Eastern Rapid Transit Corridor. The open houses ran from June 18 to June 21. If you were unable to attend, please visit the website and provide feedback on the potential route options using the online mapping tool. The deadline for input has been extended until July 13, 2018.
For more information, visit winnipeg.ca/easterncorridor.
Residential Infill Strategy Public Engagement Summary 2
Feedback from the public priorities workshops has been summarized and is available inPublic Engagement Summary 2. The prioritized actions identified through these workshops will form the basis of the draft workplan, detailing short, medium, and long term actions at a forthcoming open house in fall 2018.
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The city is one step closer to getting more off-leash dog parks.
The city’s Protection and Community Parks Committee voted in favour of spending $1.8 million over the next six years to add dog parks — $300,000 each year over the next six years totalling $1.8 million.
Right now, there are 11 off-leash dog parks in Winnipeg. In November 2017, the city opened the Bonnycastle Dog Park downtown, which is a fenced, 0.12-hectare area on Assiniboine Avenue.
READ MORE: Downtown dogs have a new place to unleash
The city will also look at sharing unused community centre hockey rinks that could be flipped in the summer months.
Executive Policy Committee and City Council will both be voting on this before it’s official.
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8 hrs ·
Hello Everyone this is Tim (Peters Son)
it is with a sad heart that I have to announce that my Father Peter has passed away this morning peacefully in his bed. he was not suffering from anything at all it was just his time.
Peters wishes were not to have any large gathering or funeral. Pleas remember Peter in your way.
Thank you very much
Peter was a dear friend. Always leading a hand. Of us will truly miss him. We wish Lynn and the family all the best in these sad times.
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