It has been 8 months since I provided you an update on the Brenda Leipsic Dog Park activities so this message is overdue! I would like to share with you three items of interest.
The first item is the status of our redeveloped dog park. The Board has been diligently working with the City of Winnipeg on the design and amenities that will make Brenda Leipsic Dog Park the envy of all dog parkers. The “60% design” has been completed by the landscape architects and the Board had an opportunity to provide comments. On October 18, the Board submitted 32 comments on the design that are now being considered by the City. We will continue to work with the City as the design gets refined. The next version of the design will be available to the public for input in the spring of 2018. The City has confirmed that the redeveloped dog park will be ready for use by November 1, 2019.
The second item to report on is the status of a temporary dog park. As many already know, the construction of the Hurst extension and Georgina St. is now complete and in service. GEM has started the residential development in the forested area and the majority of the trees have been removed. Unfortunately that has left us without a dog park to walk our four legged friends. The good news is that the City and Manitoba Hydro are working to establish a 3.5 acre temporary dog park in very close proximity to Brenda Leipsic Dog Park that we will be able to use until November 1, 2019. More details to follow!
The third item is related to the City of Winnipeg Dog Park Master Plan. The consultation process continues until December 21 and I would encourage you to participate. The goal is to develop a plan that the City will use to guide future dog park developments. I am confident that this is a worthwhile effort and will increase the quantity and quality of off-leash dog parks in the City. Your input is crucial so please participate by checking out the City PROJECT WEBPAGE.
Lastly, are you stumped on what to buy yourself or a friend(s) for the upcoming holiday season? If you are, remember that a membership to Brenda Leipsic Dog Park is always appreciated (plus it only costs $5.00!). Click HERE to make it happen.
All the best for the upcoming holiday season!
Dan McInnis – Chair BLDP Inc.
It seems that winter may be taking a little longer to leave us this year but hopefully by the time you read this spring will be out in full force! I would like to share with you the latest updates.
Our Annual General Meeting was a great success and we said adieu to Kristy Slough and welcomed Steve Douglas to the Board. We are very lucky to have a strong and dedicated Board that keeps working to look out for the interests of the users of Brenda Leipsic Dog Park. That is not to say we would not welcome others who would like to join the Board! If you feel the urge to volunteer a little of your time we would be glad to appoint you to a vacant Director position. It is rewarding work on a great cause. Contact us through the website if this is something of interest to you.
Attendees at the Annual General Meeting also benefitted from the presentation of Kas Zurek of the City of Winnipeg on the stormwater retention basin project that is just starting at the east end of the Parker lands. Thanks for Kas and Ray Offman from KGS Group for taking the time to join us on a Saturday afternoon. If you were unable to attend the AGM, information on this project can be found at the LINK.
The other item from the Annual General Meeting that I would like to share is the change to the membership dues. The dues have been reduced from $10 to $5 per year. The membership year remains unchanged and begins on October 1 of each year. For those folks who paid the $10 membership prior to the AGM, your membership will be extended to September 30, 2018. This was done in order to increase membership and be consistent with the membership dues at other dog parks in the City.
Work on the Bus Rapid Transit Project (and our redeveloped dog park) will be starting up again shortly. Our existing parking lot will be relocated to the north to allow for the extension of Hurst Ave to happen and to allow us access to the forested area to walk our dogs. There may be a few days during the next few months where we will be unable to access the parking lot due to construction activities – PLEASE be safe and avoid any conflicts with the construction equipment.
This summer we will also begin reviewing the design for the new dog park! Plenary Roads (the company that is designing and building the new bus rapid transitway) is also required to design and build our redeveloped dog park. A functional design will be completed over the summer months and the Board looks forward to sharing the design with you and seeking feedback. Expect that to occur in the fall of 2017. We are still on track to see construction completed by the fall of 2019.
I hope the temporary dog park area will dry up shortly and we will see each other soon!
a) Chair Report (Suz Shiells)
b) Financial (Dan McInnis)
c) Membership Report ( Andrea Szwajcer)
4. Changing of bylaws
5.4 Delete “director of stewardship” and the s from Director of Event (s) and add two members at large. Hopefully this will attract members to join the board less formally.
11.4 Change registered office to “The Registered Office for the Organization may be established or changed by Ordinary resolution of the Board of Directors.” so that it does not need to change every time there is a board change.
5. Nomination and Election of officers for 2016/2017
a) Slate of Nominees
b) Nominations from the Floor
c) Elections of Officers
Director of Communications
Director of Marketing
Director of Events
Director of Membership
Member at Large (2)
6. Suggestions for the2016
At this point for anyone who would like to stay there will be a discussion about the future of the park. It will include information about the Phases of Development for Rapid Transit and the future Brenda Leipsic Dog Park
On March 9th, 2016 Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Board sent the below letter to the city of Winnipeg:
On behalf of all our members, the Board of Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Inc. would like to express our appreciation for the recent steps in establishing off-leash dog parks in Winnipeg.
The benefits of dog parks are numerous – a strengthened sense of community, promotes responsible pet ownership, enhanced green space and the social and physical wellbeing of the dog park users. The redevelopment of the Brenda Leipsic Dog Park as part of the Bus Rapid Transit Project (slated to open in 2019), the inclusion of dog park facilities in the predesign of the William Clement Expressway and the establishment of a downtown neighbourhood dog park are all positive steps towards a sustainable dog park infrastructure for the betterment of all Winnipeggers. Continue reading Our letter to the City of Winnipeg
Phase 1 of the Bus Rapid Transit is starting. Important information regarding parking, and relocation of the BLDP:
GEM Equities has graciously agreed to allow our members and all other users of the park to use their property (otherwise known as the Forest) located to the north of the Winnipeg Humane Society, during construction and until such time as they start development of the land. See the picture of the sign and aerial photo of park below for location.
There will be fencing that will close off access of the forest from the field that houses the Manitoba Hydro towers — see next point
Manitoba Hydro will be putting up the fences will be going up this week (January 21, 2016)
Fencing will be placed where the paths in the wooded area meet the open area – please ask everyone (and their dogs) to respect the fencing for their own safety. Keep to the paths in the forest
Manitoba Hydro new tower placement will start February 1, 2016
Towers will start to be delivered on February 17, 2016 and temporarily be placed along the fenced field
There will be a lot of vehicles and equipment moving around and construction trailers will be parked just east of the existing dog park
Contract is slated to be finished July 1, 2016
City of Winnipeg will be putting up a sign stating the Dog Park is closed; this refers to the “legal” dog park and does not refer to our temporary relocation to the Forest. There will be another sign from the City of Winnipeg to located near the “Closed” sign redirecting people to the temporary, Forest location. See a picture of this sign below.
The Community Bulletin Board will be removed this week and placed in storage. The cards, lost and found was collected by our Treasurer Dan McInnis. All lost items will be kept for 1 month and then discarded or donated. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org there are any items of yours that may have been on the Bulletin Board.
Phase 1 Temporary Parking of Dog Parkers – see the captioned image above. Access from Parker will be for construction; access for Dog Parkers will be from Hurst. This access will be from now until 2019.The area marked 24 parking stalls is the phase 2 parking
The phase 2 parking will be developed by the City of Winnipeg. This is anticipated sometime after July 1, 2016.
The Board will endeavor to keep our website and Facebook page as up to date as possible to alert members and non-members alike. With the Bulletin Board to be unavailable for the foreseeable future, digital communication becomes primary. Please encourage everyone to either subscribe to our Facebook and/or Twitter feeds.
Annual General Meeting of the Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Inc. – official call:
BLDP Inc. is combining Spring Clean Up (of the Forest) and the Annual General Meeting together! Be sure to save the date for April 16, 2016. Time, location of AGM and agenda will be forthcoming. There will be much to discuss and report including a WinDog summary, new BLDP park planning and more information regarding construction developments.