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Tensions between dog owners and cyclists in Richmond spark new safety options

Steveston resident collected 300 names on a petition asking for a physical separation between cyclists and the dog park.
Public feedback is being sought for a Steveston dog park.

The City of Richmond wants public feedback on an off-leash dog park in Steveston after receiving complaints and a petition about safety issues.

Residents will be asked to give their input on “safety enhancement options” for Bark Park and the adjacent trail.

Jerome Dickey, a former city council candidate, collected 300 names on a petition asking for a physical separation between dogs and cyclists near Bark Park at No. 3 and Dyke roads.

While presenting his petition in late September to city council, Dickey recounted tension between dog owners and cyclists.

Two open houses will be held to solicit public feedback.

The first one is on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Rd.

The second one will be held at Bark Park, 13900 No. 3 Rd. on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. The open house is near the parking lot and the public is asked to look for a white tent.

There will be information boards, a survey, light refreshments and dog treats at the open houses.

Those unable to attend the open houses can give online feedback at from Tuesday, Nov. 28 to Jan. 7.

Digital versions of the open house boards and the survey will be available.

For more information, contact the city’s parks department by emailing [email protected], calling 604-244-1208 or by clicking here.

- with files from Suneet Gill

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