Submitted/District of Sparwood

Construction begins on Sparwood’s first off-leash dog park

Today the District of Sparwood announced that the construction of Sparwood’s first off-leash dog park is underway.

The park, located at 441 Pine Avenue, is said to provide a safe space for dogs and their owners to enjoy off-leash exercise in open grass spaces and forested trails.

Construction is projected to continue for the next six to eight weeks, which will include approximately 600 metres of new trails, 400 metres of fencing, three double-access gates and a maintenance gate. It is also said to include a new trail alongside the fenced dog park area which will be made to ensure those who do not wish to go into the park can still enjoy the area.

“Council is thrilled to see this project begin,” said Sparwood mayor David Wilks.

“We commend the Friends of the Sparwood Dog Park volunteer group for all their hard work, extensive consultation, fundraising and continued dedication to this park. We know this space will be well utilized in the community.”

Chair of the Friends of the Sparwood Dog Park volunteer group, Lynn Edward, thanked the many groups that helped get them this far.

“The Friends of the Sparwood Dog Park volunteer group would like to sincerely thank the District of Sparwood, Teck, Columbia Basin Trust, The Elk Valley Thrift Society, [Sparwood] Husky, Sarah’s Dog Spaw and all of the community members that have supported us through this process, we couldn’t have done it without you,” she said.

“We are very excited for construction to begin on the dog park and look forward to the years of enjoyment it will bring to our community.”

The District explained in a release that park maintenance that includes cutting grass and snow removal to the entrance from the parking lot, installation of dispenser bags, waste receptacles and signage will be overseen by their personnel. The District further explained that all park users will be expected to follow park rules, including being in control of their dogs at all times and picking up after their pets immediately.

“Sparwood residents are encouraged to steer clear of the area during construction and watch for an update on for the official opening of the Sparwood Off-Leash Dog Park,” said the District.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Q&A: Interior Health CEO answers questions on COVID-19 response

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health, answers questions regarding COVID-19

Elk Valley physicians pen letter to the public

The letter, submitted to The Free Press, is signed by over 30 physicians in the Elk Valley

Fernie Women’s Resource Centre continues to meet community needs

The centre will continue to offer their vital community services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes the Kootenays

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout parts of B.C. and Alberta

Elkford shuts down emergency department

Elkford residents requiring emergency care are now to visit Fernie and Sparwood’s health centres

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Interior Health confirms five additional cases in Okanagan COVID-19 outbreak

The total amount of confirmed cases at Bylands Nurseries Ltd. is 19; no further cases expected

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

ANKORS East Kootenay details concerns surrounding harm reduction amid COVID-19

Harm reduction providers are having to keep up with rapidly changing situation

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Most Read