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Committee endorses $25-million upgrade for Kilcona Park

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An artist's impression of the refurbished off-leash dog park at the redeveloped Kilcona Park.

CITY OF WINNIPEG COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONEnlarge Image

An artist's impression of the refurbished off-leash dog park at the redeveloped Kilcona Park.

A $25-million redevelopment is being proposed for the Kilcona Park/Harbour View recreation complex.

Plans released this morning call for a dramatic overhaul that includes rebuilding many of the structures at Harbour View, including the wooden tower; fencing and relocating areas of the off-leash dog park; construction of a three-kilometre roadway linking both sides of the area; and a 10-kilometre internal network of active-transportation pathways.

"It’s our fair share, it’s our time," North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty said of the proposal.

The Kilcona/Harbour View complex is a 178-hectare recreational site on the northeast corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Springfield Road. It began as a landfill and storm water retention complex in the 1970s. The landfill has since been closed and sodded and used as the city’s largest off-leash dog park.

The Harbour View component, at the eastern edge of the site, includes a nine-hole golf course, pro shop, driving range, mini-putt, tennis courts, lawn bowling, toboggan hill, indoor concession and lounge area.

The Kilcona Park portion is visible along Lagimodiere, where it includes the 48-hectare off-leash dog park, toboggan hill, and sport fields.

Maureen Krauss, a planner with local firm HTFC, said the park facilities and structures are old and in poor condition. The park’s location — in the far northeastern corner of the city — has kept it off the radar for many residents and made it difficult to access.

Krauss recommended that as part of the redevelopment, the entire site get a rebranding: losing the Harbourview name and formally calling it Kilcona Park.

Browaty said city hall has upgraded parks in other areas of Winnipeg and it is time funds and effort are allocated to the northeast quadrant of the city.

The planning report, presented at a special meeting of the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee, envisions the redevelopment to be phased in over a six-year period, with the first projects being the fencing of the dog park and rebuilding of the dock areas at Harbourview, which is estimated to cost $9.3 million.

Other park upgrades include: new community picnic and recreation sites; washroom upgrades; refurbishment and re-purposing of old maintenance yards into a sports complex; and paving Norris Road.

In addition to improving the park facilities, Krauss recommends making it easier for residents to access the site. She proposes a pedestrian overpass across Lagimodiere into the All Seasons Estate neighbourhood ($4 million) and trails linking to the newly-built Chief Peguis trail and the Cordite trail that goes into north Transcona ($860,000).

Krauss said there is potential for private sector partnerships, with possible commercial development along Lagimodiere Boulevard and commercial operations in selected areas of the redeveloped park, which could offset some of the development costs.

The first phase of the complex was opened in 1982: the Harbourview golf course and recreation complex. The three scenic bridges, visible from Lagimodiere Boulevard, were built in 1988 and the parking lot and sport fields near the McIvor Road entrance were built in 1990.

The committee endorsed the plan and instructed the administration to prepare a proposal for council’s consideration and inclusion in budget deliberations.

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Dog park proposals sent back to administration

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A coalition of dog owners succeeded in convincing city hall to reconsider a controversial set of guidelines for off-leash dog parks.

The proposed guidelines were to go to council for approval next week but the dog owners found a receptive audience among members of the senior political committee.

Several members of the executive policy committee were critical of a consultant’s report that produced the guidelines.

"I don’t think (the report) went anywhere near far enough to deal with the issues," said Coun. Grant Nordman.

The dog owners coalition said the consultant had done a poor job, with inappropriate consultation, full of error and unfounded assumption.

"The analysis appears to be sloppy," said Donna Henry, spokeswoman for Winnipeg Network of Dog Owner Groups (WINDOG).

Henry’s group wants Winnipeg to establish four mega-offleash dog parks across the city, with community parks in every ward and several smaller off-leash parks in neighbourhoods across the city.

The group wanted the city to shelve the consultant’s report and conduct more consultations with dog groups and prepare another proposal for council’s consideration.

Henry said the proposed guidelines didn’t go far enough, a position shared by the senior politicians.

"This report did not do a good job in thoroughly consulting with a broader cross-section of dog owners and dog people across the city," Coun. Jeff Browaty said, adding Winnipeg doesn’t provide enough amenities for people who own dogs.

The committee sent the proposals back to administration for review and another report in July.

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Jeff Keele on a Winnipeg committee voting for new guidelines aimed at improving off-leash dog parks, while paving the way for new ones.
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Published Monday, May 12, 2014 10:30AM CST
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A city committee has voted for new guidelines aimed at improving existing off-leash dog parks, while paving the way for new ones.

Committee member Coun. Scott Fielding said Winnipeg needs four to five more off-leash areas.

But dog advocates say the new guidelines for things like fencing and signage don't go far enough.

They want a three-tier system like Calgary that includes several neighbourhood parks, plus larger community and regional spaces.

Winnipeg currently has 11 off-leash dog parks.

But some of them are temporary spots, with developments set to transform them or they occupy land not owned by the city, which could be closed at any time.

"You put a dog park on somebody else’s land - there's development pressure. The city goes, ‘Oh, too bad, we can't have a dog park here anymore,’” said Bill McDonald from the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS).

“We believe that dog parks are a right. They’re the same as all city parks,” said Donna Henry from Winnipeg Network of Dog Owner Groups (WINDOG).

They want the city guidelines set in stone and say a plan should be formed to put smaller off-leash dog parks in every neighbourhood for better access, with larger community-based and regional ones to complement those.

"It separates dogs from people who are afraid of dogs. It gets dogs off the streets. It gives them their own spaces,” said Henry.

The city said that plan would be too costly and there might not be enough green space to accomplish it.

WINDOG dog parks should be a core service and the WHS agrees.

Two members of the city committee, Coun. Brian Mayes and Coun. Scott Fielding, called dog parks amenities and not core services at Monday's meeting.

- with a report from Jeff Keele



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City committee approves off-leash guidelines despite Humane Society concerns

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QMI_WS20140511KK01Carson (left), 13, and Noah, 7, walk flat-coated retriever Sam in Voyageur Park on Sat., May 10, 2014. Some area residents have objected to a proposal to turn the park into an off-leash dog park. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency)

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The largest dog owner group in the city — the Winnipeg Human Society — is questioning why it was left out of the consultation process for the city’s guidelines for off-leash dog parks.

 

Bill McDonald, CEO of the WHS, said he found it “strange” that no one asked for their input when putting together the 70-page report.

“Guidelines are excellent, but they also need to have a plan and the citizens who are going to use these facilities should be consulted, including the biggest dog guy in the city, which is the Winnipeg Human Society,” McDonald said. “I find it a little strange, because we are the biggest neighbour to the Brenda Leipsic off-leash park ... and the only discussions on that park have been with the transit consultants.”

Delegates from both the Winnipeg Network of Dog Owners Groups and the Winnipeg Humane Society spoke in opposition to the guidelines at Monday’s protection and community services meeting, asking for a delay in passing it so more community consultation could occur.

The guidelines were commissioned over two years ago and presented to committee on Monday. The report, which cost $20,000, is to give the public service guidelines for the creation of future dog parks and maintenance of current parks.

McDonald said the guidelines didn’t go far enough to make decisions as to where exactly the parks should be, raising the question of whether they should be in neighbourhoods or in larger regional areas.

Committee member Coun. Scott Fielding said he’d like to see four or five new dog parks in the city and the guidelines passed on Monday will allow for that.

“I don’t think there is enough space for the big mega-parks they are talking about ... but what I would support is having four or five more small dog parks,” he said.

By creating a framework, as opposed to a policy for the parks it allows flexibility for new developments, he said.

“It’s make sense that you can follow the guidelines. Guidelines aren’t set in stone and you can make that decision on a case-by-case basis,” he said. “You want some flexibility.”

 

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