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Parks and Open Space

Off-Leash Dog Area - Hockey Pens

As the demand for off-leash areas in the city grows, many community centres are considering turning their outdoor rinks into dog parks during the non-winter months.

The City has worked with the Greater Council of Winnipeg Community Centres to develop a process that allows individual centres' boards to request such a designation easily and expediently.

One of two things starts the process:

  • A resident submits to their community centre board a request to convert their community centre's ice rink to a temporary, seasonal off-leash area; or
  • A community centre board initiates the conversion in and of their own accord.

The following steps then occur:

  1. The board discusses and votes on the request and - if approved - submits a written request to the City of Winnipeg's Manager of Parks and Open Space.
  2. The appropriate park superintendent provides an outline of maintenance responsibilities to the board. In all cases, the City is responsible to provide signage for the off-leash area.
  3. If the board is agreeable to the maintenance terms, the City CAO (or designate) either approves or denies the request.
  4. If approved, the site is added to the City's website and is available annually for public use until such a time as the community centre terminates their agreement.

For more information, contact 311


Last update: September 24, 2019
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