City parks are the extended "green living rooms" of Toronto families. Across the city, neighbours come out with their children and dogs to enjoy the many attributes offered to us from the special green living rooms.
In suitably-sized parks you will find, Dog Off-Leash Areas or "DOLAs" as they are affectionately called – each one unique and built at different times throughout the decades. Some are now 20 years old and in need of revitalization.
Park Managers are currently in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of all DOLAs in the city. Their timely report is essential in guiding us into the next phase of investments for an important asset in many of Toronto's parks.
As the Chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, I have asked staff to create a strategy to improve accessibility in DOLAs for everyone, especially those living with disabilities. City Council is expected to receive the final report from staff this fall.
While we await these reports which will help set the direction for the long-term capital plans for DOLAs in parks, I believe it is important that we engage everyone who uses any of Ward 13's five DOLAs in a meaningful way and on an ongoing basis.
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