Kaloya Park signage allowing dogs off leash October to March

 

Pilot projects are officially underway in two regional parks in the District of Lake Country.

 

One of the pilot projects allows dogs to be off-leash in Kopje Regional Park, while the other allows dogs on-leash on trails within Kaloya Regional Park.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach area of either park.  Until this trial, neither of the two regional parks has allowed dogs within park boundaries.  The pilot projects provide more dog-friendly access options and run during the slower off-season months from October through March next year.

 

To prepare for these trial projects, RDCO Parks Services staff have increased signage for visitors and provided dog-bag dispensers and waste containers for dog owners to place bagged dog waste.

 

All dogs in the Central Okanagan must be licensed, and responsible dog owners ensure they always have control of their dog, even if by voice command when in a designated off-leash area.  Any issues about dog behavior should be reported to RDCO Dog Control – 250-469-6284.

 

The pilot projects are in response to a request earlier this year from the District of Lake Country Council to allow on-leash dogs within Kaloya Regional Park and dogs off-leash in Kopje Regional Park between October 1 and March 31.

 

Visitors are reminded that neither parking lot is maintained from November 1 to the end of March and the entrance gate at Kopje Regional Park is closed during that period.  Visitors are asked to ensure they park along the shoulder and off the travelled portion of Carrs Landing Road. Please do not block or park in front of the main gates due to access still being required.

 

The Regional District offers more than 2,100 hectares of parkland including 74 kilometres of formal trails in 30 regional parks for visitors to safely explore while practicing physical distancing.  Visit rdco.com/pickapark to plan your next outing.

 

 

 

Contacts:

Wayne Darlington

 

Park Planning, Capital Projects, Parks Services manager

 

250-469-6200

 

 

 

Bruce Smith
Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs Officer | Corporate Services

 

Regional District of Central Okanagan
250-469-6339 | bruce.smith@rdco.com
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