Burquitlam dog owners looking for a park to call their own

photo supplied Anita Niven, Tri-City Photography Club

Burquitlam may be walkable for humans. For dogs, however, there’s nowhere to run.

Terry Cummings, who said she was representing about 50 area dog owners, is looking to change that.

Cummings spoke to Coquitlam council Monday afternoon about the pressing need for an off-leash dog park in the area.

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“We have plans for pickleball, all sorts of things, but dogs are left out,” she told council.

With more people living in smaller areas, the need for shared space like an off-leash dog park is increasingly critical, Cummings said. Dog parks allow for pooches to get the exercise and socialization they need to become well-adjusted.

However, off-leash dog parks also benefit the community at large, she contended.

“It builds community and supports residents’ mental health and physical wellbeing,” she said.

Council generally seemed receptive to the idea, with Coun. Dennis Marsden suggesting the city take a “harder look” at the issue.

“Maybe we did miss the boat,” he suggested, adding that the era of dogs running through big backyards is changing.

Coun. Steve Kim voiced a similar sentiment.

“As an uncle to two dogs that use the Mundy Park off-leash, I certainly understand the need,” Kim said.

While there are no concrete plans yet, Coquitlam’s deputy city manager Raul Allueva suggested there could be an interim off-leash dog park at Cottonwood Park in the near future.

“We’re pretty aggressive in terms of acquiring as many properties as we can to expand the park,” he said. “We do understand there’s a need.”

Coquitlam has six off-leash dog parks. More info here.

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