Ornamental fire hydrants included in amenities for Vancouver rooftop dog park at Bentall Centre

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      Employees at the Bentall Centre in Vancouver will soon be able to hang out with their best friends at an exclusive park.

      The best part? The place is going to be at work.

      Hudson Pacific Properties is developing a rooftop dog park at the premiere downtown office complex for use of its tenants.

      The 2,000-square foot facility is under construction at the Thurlow Street parkade.

      Chuck We, senior vice president for Western Canada of Hudson Pacific, said development is expected to complete by mid-October.

      “The rooftop dog park is being constructed on top of the Thurlow Parkade for tenants to easily access an area that feels secluded with beautiful views and conveniently located onsite for tenant access,” We said.

      We was responding in a prepared statement to a query by the Georgia Straight.

      The dog park will feature amenities such as green turf patches, a fountain, lounge furniture for dog owners, and ornamental fire hydrants.

      Iconic images of dogs often come with fire hydrants.

      Dogs like to mark their territory by peeing on trees, poles, fire hydrants, and other freestanding things.

      “We have heard from many of our tenants that having a more dog-friendly environment is becoming an attractive amenity for their employees,” We said.

      For safety reasons, We said dogs coming to the park will be pre-screened for immunizations, past behaviour, and insurance.

      According to We, his company is working with landscape architectural firm Hapa Collaborative for the project.

      In 2019, the Los Angeles-based Hudson Pacific and Blackstone Property Partners purchased the Bentall Centre complex from the Anbang Insurance Group, a Beijing company.

      The deal provides that Hudson Pacific will own 20 percent as operating partner. Blackstone will own 80 percent as managing partner.

      Anbang bought Bentall Centre in 2016.

      The rooftop dog park is one of a number of improvements being undertaken by Hudson Pacific at the four-tower office complex.

      On September 1 this year, the Straight reported that the company has applied for a development permit with the City of Vancouver to transform the fountain area outside the Bentall Centre Four office tower.

      The proposed renovation will convert the space into a public leisure area with a temporary wood deck, where people can lounge, meet, and watch performances.