At tonight's meeting, City Parks gave details of two off-leash dog walking areas to be established at Sam Smith and Humber Bay West. Their "People, Dogs and Parks" policy can be read on their website. The map below shows the location for our park. It will be approximately one and a half acres in size and be on the R.L. Clark Filtration property behind their existing fence. Toronto Water has given permission for this area to be used, maintained and supervised by Toronto Parks on a "we'll see how it works out" basis. It will be located near the bus loop just south of Father John Redmond School, north west of the Power House parking lot. There will be two access entrances from the roadway and it could be up and running in a month or two. It will be unfenced for the time being - a fence may be constructed to enclose the area in the spring. The area will be open from 6 a.m. to 12.00 a.m., Monday through Sunday There will be no water for dogs to drink. There will be no lighting. Benches and litter receptacles will be provided. Parks may put up coyote warning signs because coyotes have been seen recently in the wooded area close by. Concerns were raised that coyotes might be removed if they were seen as a threat to the dogs. The City has a Code of Conduct for off-leash areas and their by-law officers, we were told, will enforce it. The Dog Owners Association that got this rolling has no legal responsibility.
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