Allocate 1-2 pet friendly beach areas/zones.
Whereas the citizens of the City of Barrie have been afforded such an expansive city shoreline within its limits, I hereby move that City Council allocate 1 entire pet friendly beach or in the alternative, two pet friendly areas/zones on existing beaches or parks with waterfront access (eg. Tollendale Park, Johnson’s Beach).
Gord Nye (Barrie resident)
A staff memo from the Engineering Department was circulated to City Council (General Committee) on January 7, 2019. The memo was in response to two previous suggestions on this forum: “Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK” and “Open a waterfront dog park”. Please refer to the full memo: https://bit.ly/3129NN9 .
In short, “as per the recommendations of the 2013 Barrie Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan, when the Gables 2008 Master Plan is updated, staff will revisit whether this park is a viable location for a dog water access beach.” An update to the Gables Master Plan is forecast for 2024.
Anyone living in the city of Barrie pays their fair share in taxes. Their pets are part of their household and should enjoy the benefits of access to waterfront for leisure. Often neighbours surrounding these waterfront areas feel they should be for their use only. Some kind of privilege for them and that’s not right!
This is a great suggestion and I support the motion in full.