The City of Edmonton is developing a concept and design to ensure the existing Off-Leash Area in Keheewin and Bearspaw meets the standard amenities as identified within the Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy.

Project Update - May 2022

The online survey to gather feedback closed on May 11. A What We Heard Report is being developed and will be shared soon.

Thank you to everyone who participated and provided feedback on the concept plan for the Keheewin and Bearspaw Off-Leash Area. 

Project Overview

This project includes the concept and development design of an existing Off-Leash Area, Keheewin and Bearspaw, to ensure that it meets the standard amenities as identified within the Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy.  

Currently, the project is funded through the preliminary design phase and construction would be dependent on securing additional funding.

This project seeks to identify enhancements to standard amenities of the existing off-leash area. The standard off-leash area amenities being explored include:

  • Physical barriers in areas with high potential for conflict with other park users or safety issues for both dogs and humans
  • Changes to off-leash area boundaries to better integrate off-leash areas with other park uses such as playgrounds and shared use paths
  • Identification of future signage locations
  • Identification of future dog waste bag dispensers and waste receptacle locations
  • Design of physical boundaries (hard or soft) including double gate systems at all entry points

This Off-Leash Area Has 2 Distinct Areas

The Keheewin area is located along a pipeline corridor which limits the amenities available to be provided. Additional fencing, access points, or other amenities can not be added to this area. Naturalization will be developed as part of the next capital budget cycle to improve safety and reduce movement in the area along the storm water pond. 

The Bearspaw section of the Off-Leash Area is on the west side of 109 Street. This project would enhance this section with fences and access points to help manage pathways and safety for off-leash dogs and other park users. Each access location will include a double gate system, garbage cans, dog waste dispensers and signage with park information.