On Nov. 27, 2017, Amherst Town Council voted in favour of establishing, as a pilot project, an off-leash dog park at the Robb Complex. The pilot will commence in December and will continue until the end of April.

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History

May, 2011      
Amherst Town Council asked staff to start reviewing all aspects of establishing a dog park.

June, 2011     
Staff provided information to Council on criteria that should be considered prior to proceeding with a dog park. This include the need for adequate fencing, benches, signage, and waste disposal containers.

June, 2013     
Amherst Town Council directed staff to continue researching location and costs related to a dog park in Amherst and prepare a report for consideration in 2014 capital budget planning.

April, 2014     
Staff provided information to Council on the costs and operational issues for dog parks in other communities.

October, 2016
The   Amherst Recreation Master Plan Report  identified the Robb complex as a suitable location for an off-lease dog park.

December, 2016
Council asked staff to proceed with a feasibility study on an off-leash dog park.

Community Input

In January, 2017, Council asked staff to get public input on developing, maintaining, and operating an off-leash dog park in Amherst. At each public meeting, community members were asked for input on six potential locations and a code of conduct. Three public meetings were held, with one during the day and two in the evening:

  • August 8 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • August 17 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • September 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

  Presentation at Public Meetings

  Survey results from Public Meetings

Council’s Decision

As a result of the feasibility study and community consultations, several options were presented to Council for consideration, along with environmental and financial implications. At the Sept. 28, 2017 meeting, Council asked staff to investigate the scope of work required to create, as a pilot project, an off-leash dog park within one of the ballfields of Robb’s Park.

On reviewing information provided by staff, Council decided to proceed with a pilot project off-leash dog park at Robb’s Park. This location provides relatively low cost, reversible opportunity to better determine if, how, and where such a facility might be provided on a more permanent basis.

Staff report to council

Next Steps

We’ll keep you posted on the development of the pilot off-leash dog park on our website and on our Facebook page.  If you have any questions, let us know. You can reach us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have you used the dog park yet? Complete our survey to tell us what you think:

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