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City of Burlington Looking for Input on the Leash-Free Area Criteria

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Please see the media release from the City of Burlington below.

Burlington, Ont. — Aug. 1, 2019 — The City of Burlington is looking for feedback on the City’s current Leash-Free Area Criteria. Residents are encouraged to visit to review the criteria and provide the City with feedback and suggestions.

The City currently has three public Leash-Free Areas:

With feedback from residents, staff will report back to City Council by the end of this year.

“Leash-Free Areas are great amenities in our parks. They encourage play and socialization for all. We also know there are challenges when developing new Leash-Free Areas, and with the general operation of them. We are looking for your input, ideas and opinions regarding our Leash-Free Areas and the current criteria we use when new requests come in. We are calling on all residents to help shape our Leash-Free future.” — Rob Axiak, Manager of Recreation Services.

The current Council-approved criteria, described below, is used when the public expresses interest in requesting a new Leash-Free Area. The survey is looking for resident feedback on the criteria along with any suggestions on the criteria that residents may have.

Current Criteria for Creating a Leash-Free Area

  • Parks must be within City of Burlington boundaries
  • Leash-Free Area must be at least 0.3 hectares (30 metres x 30 metres)
  • All Leash-Free Parks must be enclosed with permanent fencing, which the City will provide as part of the budget process
  • An assessment will be made to whether parking will be required at a proposed leash-free site, based on the size of the Leash-Free site, location and any disruption to park function.
  • A significant barrier must exist between Leash-Free Areas and children’s playgrounds, splash pads, sports fields, waterfront, cemeteries and residential housing.
  • Leash-Free Areas cannot be located beside schools or in the City’s waterfront parks
  • Area must be accessible to the public for year-round use


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1 thought on “City of Burlington Looking for Input on the Leash-Free Area Criteria”

  1. Thomas C. Riddell

    There are not Close enough to down town core for people who don’t drive
    how about Port Nelson Park there already some fencing there.
    it close to downtown and not very busy ..

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