Monitor to ensure dogs aren't in parks
Many waterfront parks have dogs on the property and in the water despite signs prohibiting them. I've seen city workers out in the parks but no one enforcing what's posted on the signs. This creates hazards in our parks and waters, especially for children. Perhaps designate some non-waterfront parks for dogs and their walkers.
The City of Barrie is updating the Parks By-law and is looking for your input on regulations for dogs in waterfront parks. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and will be open until May 16, 2019 at 4 p.m. Results will be considered in a recommendation to General Committee at the end of May. Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPJXXLV
As a dog owner, we all would like to enjoy the waterfront as well and our dogs get hot. Having designated a dog friendly area by the waterfront in a city full of dog owners might make everyone happy
Dogs and people at beaches are not a good idea. But dogs love the water and should have some access too. Just not at a beach. Technically, they are restricted from being in the water anywhere along the lakefront which seems extreme and rigid.
City workers can't enforce by-laws any more than you can, you need a by-law officer that's willing to enforce more than parking infractions to resolve this issue.
Two By-law officers are assigned to bike patrol 7 days a week at the waterfront on rotating shifts. Officers regularly enforce all by-laws related to the use of our parks, including dogs within the waterfront parks, smoking, camping, fouling the parks, paid parking areas, etc. The patrol area for these staff is extensive and being in the right place at the right time is part of the enforcement challenges.
We encourage people to report by-law violations and location information at the time of occurrence so enforcement staff can attend and take timely action. Enforcement Services can be reached at 705-739-4241; there is an after-hours message bank that enforcement staff check regularly after business hours, on evenings and weekends.