Do you think more Dog Off-Leash facilities are required in the lower mountains?
One of the principles of managing dogs in open space areas is to provide a heirarchy of opportunities. This includes,
Local Use. Everyday use within 1km of most people, and includes ON Leash exercise opportunities.
Occasional Use. Accessible within 15 minutes of most people and may include time share Off-Leash opportunities.
District Use. One facility should be available over a broader geographical/planning area, which can offer Off-Leash opportunities through daylight hours. This may incorporate a social setting and could require additional infrastructure.
Other principles to consider are (i) Visiting a Park with a dog is a valid form of recreation, (ii) Community benefits are provided from people excercising dogs, (iii) Equitable provision of recreation space, (iv) Sharing limited open space, (v) Dog owners have an obligation of responsibility in public spaces, (vi) Some spaces are not appropriate for dogs or off-leash activities.