Parks & Recreation

Summerland Off-Leash Dog Park – Phase 3

District staff engaged Outland Site Design to provide concept design options for a fenced off-leash dog park at Dale Meadows Sports Complex.  The Council Report, presentation slides, design drawings, construction cost estimates, and correspondence received are available through the links in the August 9, 2021 Council Agenda (Item 7.3) available here

At this August 9, 2021 Council Meeting, Council made the following resolution R(a)-2021-176:

THAT staff move forward with Option 3 at the Dale Meadows location on a temporary ‘pilot’ basis, with the purchase and installation of temporary fencing; AND THAT staff be directed to report back to Council in one year from the opening of the temporary location regarding the use of this site.

The temporary off-leash dog park is now open at Dale Meadows Sports Complex (10502 Dale Meadows Road) from dawn to dusk.  Please provide any feedback on this dog park to

Staff will be reviewing the viability of a large off-leash dog park at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds in 2022 as part of the Master Planning process of that property.

The Parks Regulation Bylaw 95-013 is currently under review.  Updates are being considered to increase permitted access to dogs in parks throughout Summerland.

Summerland Off-Leash Dog Park - Community Consultation Phase 2

The project consultant has completed her work to explore the potential dog park sites that were identified by Council in March as well as the community engagement work.  The consultant provided the Final Report to Council on December 14, 2020.

The report is available here.

Council made the following resolution at the December 14, 2020 Council Meeting R(a)-2020-185:

THAT Council direct staff to investigate the Fosbury Highway Easement location and the Dale Meadows location as outlined in the “Dog Park Project” report from the Director of Community Services dated December 14, 2020; AND THAT staff report back with a comparison between the Fosbury Highway Easement and the Dale Meadows location for Council consideration, and a final decision on a future dog park for the District of Summerland.

The District thanks the community for their input provided for this project work.

Background Documents

Background documents summarizing key information are available for review:

  1. What is a Dog Park (467 KB PDF)
  2. Proposed Off-Leash Sites (412KB PDF)
  3. Impact and Mitigation Options (242 KB PDF)

These documents provide key background information and were revised based on feedback from community stakeholders. Please note that more detailed costing will be done following the selection of the preferred site.

Printed versions of these materials are available on request by contacting the Parks and Recreation office at or 250-494-0447.

Community Consultation

There will be several opportunities for the public and stakeholders to ask questions and provide feedback … stay tuned as details become available!

1.  Online stakeholder focus groups (September, complete)
2.  Online Open House/Q&A  (October 22, complete)
3.  Online Public Survey (October 23 – November 8, now closed)   

Public Survey Summary Results (620 KB PDF)
Parks & Rec Advisory Committee Presentation Slides (November 25, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

FAQ's (227 KB PDF)

To facilitate community engagement and ensure transparency, a comprehensive list of questions and answers regarding the proposed off-leash dog park sites and impacts will be maintained. Please submit your questions to 

Community Correspondence

Letters and documents received from individuals, groups and organizations will be made available for the public to review and posted here as they are received and reviewed.

Community Correspondence Nov 16-25, 2020 (143KB PDF)
Community Correspondence Nov 9-15, 2020 (214KB PDF)
2020-11-08 Letter Summerland Minor Fastpitch (Girls) (50KB PDF)
Community Correspondence Nov 3-8, 2020 (124KB PDF)
Community Correspondence Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2020 (987KB PDF)
Community Correspondence Oct 10-27, 2020 (282KB PDF)
Community Correspondence Sept 9-Oct 9, 2020 (108 KB PDF)
Summerland Dog Owners Assoc Correspondence to Council Sept 26, 2020 (176KB PDF)
2020-09-19 SDOA_Park_Layouts Recommendations (473KB PDF)

Council Report and Supporting Documents

Please see the below links to review the March 9, 2020 Council Report regarding Fenced Dog Park Proposed Next Steps and the associated supporting documents.

Council Report - Dog Parks
1. Summerland Ball Diamond Report
2. Letter from Summerland Minor Baseball
3. SDOA Letter of Support with Signatures (2014-2019)
4. Correspondence - Miscellaneous Emails
5. Appendix F - Sites Visited and Reviewed (Final Report)


Parks and Recreation Office
Phone: 250-494-0447
Mailing address: Box 159, Summerland BC V0H1Z0