Staff recommend allowing dogs at beach after successful trial run

New beach open to dogs

It would appear a two-year trial to allow off-leash dogs at the Lake Avenue Beach Access has been a success.

Kelowna city council will be asked Monday to make the area a permanent off-leash dog beach, with some improvements.

The beach was subject to a trial run the last two summers, and according to a staff report, data collected indicated a majority of contributors came out in favour of making Lake Avenue, commonly known as Mushroom Beach, a permanent dog beach.

"Results from community engagement were strongly supportive of the off-leash dog beach, or supportive with conditions," the report stated.

"Two of the 67 contributors were opposed. For those supportive with conditions, suggestions of additional fencing, signage and doggie bag dispensers were most prominent."

The report further noted nine service requests were received during the two-year trial. One expressed concern over water quality while others called over a need for more fencing.

"Of the service requests, four were supportive of the dog beach with conditions. Five service requests were opposed, of which four were from the same resident."

Staff also stated water quality tests did not show a notable increase of E. coli counts with continuous dog use at the beach.

If approved, Lake Avenue would be the fourth off-leash dog beach in the city. Dogs are allowed off leash at Cedar Creek Park, Poplar Point, and a small section below The Sails.

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