Off-leash dog park re-opens in Lacombe

he Len Thompson Off-leash Dog Park, located at 5363 Len Thompson Dr. in the Len Thompson Industrial Park, is now open

  • Dec. 3, 2015 7:00 a.m.

The Len Thompson Off-leash Dog Park, located at 5363 Len Thompson Dr. in the Len Thompson Industrial Park, is now open and can be accessed from Len Thompson Drive via Wolf Creek Drive.

“The City is pleased to re-open the dog park at a new, permanent location and we are entirely grateful for people’s patience,” said Director of Community Services Brenda Vaughan. “The west side of the park was seeded in the fall and will be reseeded in the spring to promote grass growth.

“Additional features the public had requested such as benches, trees and gravel pathways will be added to the park as budget funds become available.”

The off-leash area features a parking lot onsite and is fully fenced with two entry gates one located at the parking lot on the west side of the facility and the other on the east side that opens onto an unfenced environmental reserve. A stormwater detention pond is also located on site, a feature that park users asked for.

Pet owners are advised that the ice surface is currently not thick enough for dogs to run on. ‘Thin Ice’ signs have been placed around the stormwater pond to warn dog owners to keep their pets away. City staff monitor the ice thickness and will remove the warning signs when the pond surface is safe for use. Those using the pond surface are advised to beware that the ice may become unstable at any time and that the ice thickness may change any time for a variety of reasons, some of which are unpredictable. Anyone using the stormwater pond does so at their own risk.

Dog park users are asked to observe the following rules of etiquette so that their time at the off-leash area is a pleasant and safe experience for everyone people and dogs alike.

Please ensure that:your dog has up to date licenses and vaccinations, does not chase wildlife, interacts well with dogs of all sizes, is not in heat, sick or aggressive and will come to you immediately if called.

Please ensure that you keep your dog on the leash until it has fully entered the fenced area, have a leash in your possession at all times, keep your dog within sight and under verbal control at all times, clean up after your dog and dispose of all waste in the receptacles provided, fill any holes the dog might have dug, remove your dog from the park at the first sign of aggression and that you do not bring glass containers or food into the off-leash area.

Users of the Len Thompson Off-leash Dog Park do so at their own risk. The City of Lacombe is not liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog in the dog park.