Old Ottawa East dog regulations update

The office of Councillor Chernushenko has been working with the City’s Parks group, By-law services and community representatives to come up with a plan to address changes at the former Oblate land, where off-leash dogs were regularly exercised.

Earlier this year, a group representing community dog owners presented at the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA) and it was thought that a full consultative process would be possible this spring. Unfortunately, due to unexpected staff vacancies in by-law services, this has not happened.

Recently, Councillor Chernushenko met with community representatives from the OOECA, the Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East (CAG) and the Old Ottawa East dog group to discuss next steps. The Councillor committed to working with By-law services to conduct the consultative process as early as possible, but due to election regulations, this will have to wait until the end of October.

The community will be invited to participate in the consultation process by official postings by by-law in the proposed parks and through the Mainstreeter and the Old Ottawa East eUpdate.

In the meantime, here are the plans that the dog group and the Councillor propose to present during the consultation:

Click here for downloadable version:  Proposed Brantwood and Springhurst Designation Maps

5 Responses

  1. Hi, I would like to be included in this process. Recently, an offleash dog attempted to bite my son in Brantwood. When I discussed this with other parents of small children, I discovered that many were unhappy about the proposed changes. As the committee appears to be specific to dog owners, you can take comfort in the fact that I’m also a dog owner. I requested the opportunity to speak up on this issue with David C but his office ignored this request so I’m hoping as a member of this association I can participate. Thanks!
    • Carol Workun
      Our understanding is that there will be a a late Fall consultation on the proposals and everyone will be invited to participate.
  2. Would the off leash area be fenced in? How would children playing baseball in this area be protected from dog urine and feces? Thank you
    • ottawaeastcag_satgtb
      The current proposal from the Councillors office does not include fencing. CAG and the Old Ottawa East Community Association have met with the Councillor and asked for a full community consultation so that the community has a chance to express their views before any decision is made. If you have concerns do be sure to share them during that process. The consultation will be publicised through the eUpdate, Mainstreeter and by signage in the parks. It is expected to take place towards the end of October.
  3. I'm not sure why this convoluted set of rules would in improve the situation. The rules we currently have are totally unenforced and new creating time/season/area based rules will just lead to more confusion. Surely we can come up with a simpler approach that lets everyone enjoy the park. Perhaps we should allow dogs on-leash on the paths and create a fenced-in area for dogs to run in each park? This seems like it would give both sides much of what they want. These fenced in areas have been used to great effect in other Ottawa parks (i.e. Jack Purcell) .