The Rules of Off-leash Parks

In general, dogs and owners must follow the Responsible Pet Ownership Rules set out by The City of Calgary Animal and Bylaw Services. Here’s a quick summary that applies to us when we use the park:

  • Dogs must be licensed as of 3 months old
  • Dogs must be under control (even in off-leash areas) and capable of responding to voice, sound or sight commands (fines range from $50 to $100).
  • Owners and caregivers must have in their possession the suitable means to pick up their dogs faeces.
  • Owners and caregivers must pick up (fines range from $150 to $250).
  • The owner and caregiver must ensure a dog doesn’t bark, howl or make other noises that disturb people.
  • Chasing pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles (fines range from $50 to $200).
  • Causing damage or injury to another animal (fines range from $100 to $250).
  • Causing injuries to people (fines range from $100 to $1500).
  • Causing death to another animal (fines range from $500 to $1000).
  • Dogs must be on leash in parking lots.

Signage

For dog owners, use throughout River Park is designated by signs to indicate off-leash and on-leash areas. Pedestrians and cyclists also frequent the park. Because a gravel trail is conveniently located in the middle of the park, many cyclists it as a commuter route to access downtown, however, the designated cycling route is 14A Street which also is clearly marked with signs.