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.
The Board is also pleased with the inclusion of $100,000 in the draft 2016 Budget for the creation of an off-leash dog park master plan. Too often, dog park space is an afterthought in the planning of new developments and this has created challenges when the needs of the dog park community become known after the fact.
A dog park master plan would go a long way in ensuring this important public amenity is part of the development processes. We strongly encourage you to include the dog park master plan in the final 2016 Budget. Again, thank you for your support of the Brenda Leipsic Dog Park and the 100,000 plus dog owners in the City of Winnipeg.
Brenda Leipsic Dog Parkers Inc.