East Village has gone to the dogs! A small, urban dog park has opened in the neighbourhood to offer EV’s 4-legged residents a place to meet up, play and do some business.
The fully fenced park features seating, agility elements, double-gated entry and exit to mitigate any conflicts with the adjacent pathway system, landscaping, wheelchair accessible paths, and a durable turf that will stand up to all the fetches and catches.
After watching the number of dogs in the community grow as new condo buildings were populated, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (EV’s master developer) decided that a dog park was much needed. But this new spot for Spot will be more than just a place to ‘go’—it will also be a place for community-building, where people can connect and meet their neighbours.
For the past year, the interim needs of East Village’s furry residents have been met with a temporary dog run next to the East Village Experience Centre. Now that the permanent location is opening along 6th Street SE, the existing dog run will close so that pups can get together at the coolest canine hang-out.
The new dog park was constructed in Crossroads, an area in East Village already well-loved thanks to the popular playground, community garden and trio of sea-can sheds. To deliver this project, CMLC worked with Stantec—the same landscape architect for the playground and garden—who ensured that the new addition would work seamlessly with the surrounding spaces.
Located just south of the George C. King Bridge, the new dog park will welcome people and pooches to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 20, from 1:00PM - 3:00PM. Event attendees can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while meeting their neighbours, participate in a free dog park etiquette workshop and pick up both human and dog treats.