It has not been a Happy New Year so far for Garden
volunteers and supporters.
A group of dog walkers has started
an on-line petition to stop the growth and development of the
The major premise or justification
for this petition is that the BirthPlace Forest and Gardens are
located in their "Dog Park" and that we should not be infringing on
A 30 second Google search will reveal that there is
no such thing as a "dog only park" in Calgary.
Check out this City of Calgary document that emphasizes that
off-leash parks are "multi-use areas."
off-leash bylaws define a Park as:
"a public space controlled by The City and set aside as a park to be
used by the public for rest, recreation, exercise, pleasure,
amusement, and enjoyment."
have already dealt with this issue at length with the Off-leash
Group and on our website.
Rather than repeat ourselves,
please read what has already been said
about off-leash areas and what the bylaws require of dog walkers.
The Silver Springs
Community Association Board has also made a clear unequivocal
statement that reiterates that dog walkers have no special
privileges or priorities in City Parks designated as off-leash
To read the Silver
Springs Community Association Board of Directors' position on the
issue, click here.