East Vancouver’s Pandora Park to get dog off-leash area

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      Dog owners in East Vancouver will have a new off-leash area for their furry friends.

      The Vancouver board of parks and recreation is scheduled to vote on a proposed fenced dog off-leash in Pandora Park on Monday (December 17).

      The .25-hectare site is part of improvements planned for the west side of the park that serves the Cedar Cove residential area.

      “Pandora Park is the largest and most diverse park in the mixed-income sub-neighbourhood of Cedar Cove, a primarily residential area with a mix of low-rise rental apartments, townhouses and duplexes, as well as some single-family homes,” according to a park board staff report.

      Pandora Park is bounded by Pandora Street on the north, Franklin Street on the south, Nanaimo Street on the east, and Templeton Drive on the west.

      “The approximately .25 hectare OLA [off-leash area] will include a universally accessible loop path, access to drinking water (for people and dogs), shade trees, seating areas and clear boundaries,” the report states.

      The report notes that the off-leash area will be located away from the children’s water spray park and playground.

      “The chance for conflict with users of the adjacent courts, community garden and seating areas has been mitigated with secure fencing around the OLA,” according to the report.

      In addition to the off-leash area, the other upgrades to the park include sports courts renewal, and new seating areas.

      The improvements worth $800,000 will be financed through the 2019 City of Vancouver budget.