Ten more Kelowna parks are going to the dogs - no doubt, a treat for their owners.
With barely a whimper Monday, city councillors didn't turn up their noses at adding to the on-leash park list, which will now provide nearly 800 hectares of open space in 93 parks.
"There is a high demand in Kelowna for dog facilities in public parkland as the community continues to grow and the popularity of exercising dogs in public spaces continues to rise," said parks planner Barb Davidson.
The 10 parks have 5.5 kilometres of new trails, which are in addition to the city's recreation corridors and sidewalks where it is legal to walk a dog on-leash, she noted.
City council's bark of approval does come with conditions: on-leash parks must have a trail, dogs must be separated from and not allowed in children's playgrounds/areas, swimming areas and sports fields, and not negatively impact riparian or environmental areas.
Signs will be posted to make the general public aware that dogs are allowed on the trails and to identify areas not appropriate for dogs.
Responding to a question from Coun. Mohini Singh, Davidson said plastic bag dispensers will be installed with the new signs. Coun. Robert Hobson described it as "a great addition to the system."
Here are the locations of the new parks:
â€¢ Shetland Linear Park in College Heights
â€¢ Bellevue Creek Greenway between Varney Court and Gordon Drive in the Mission
â€¢ Kuipers Peak Park south of the Mission
â€¢ The new Lochview Trail north of Paul's Tomb
â€¢ Mount Royal Open Space next to Know Mountain Park
â€¢ Black Mountain Trails
â€¢ Hill Spring Park in South Mission
â€¢ Mill Creek Linear Park adjacent to Mill Bridge Park on Ethel Street
â€¢ Dewdney No. 1 Beach Access in McKinley Landing
â€¢ Abbott Neighbourhood Park