New off-leash dog park set to get tails wag­ging

Amenity was built by Brook­field as part of the com­pany’s Pais­ley devel­op­ment

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The de­vel­op­ing com­mu­nity of Pais­ley in south­west Ed­mon­ton is set to wel­come an in­flux of furry friends with the cer­e­mo­nial open­ing of an off-leash dog park to “con­nect peo­ple with pooches.”

The 9,000-square-me­tre Pais­ley Dog Park was built by Brook­field Res­i­den­tial within their new devel­op­ment, se­nior devel­op­ment man­ager Peter Tsoulakis said.

“What bet­ter way to draw peo­ple to­gether?” he said of the fencedin space for dogs to frolic. “We’re al­ways look­ing at how cus­tomers in­ter­act with their com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Pais­ley devel­op­ment was too small for a large struc­ture such as a mall or com­mu­nity cen­tre, said Tsoulakis, but with ad­ja­cent open land and a strong in­ter­est from an­i­mal own­ers, a dog park was deemed to be the big­gest draw for the com­mu­nity.

But this wasn’t the only way Brook­field wanted to as­sist pet own­ers. Many of the new homes in the com­mu­nity in­clude pet­friendly op­tions such as pet doors, pet-wash­ing sta­tions and out­door food sta­tions, com­mu­ni­ca­tions se­nior man­ager Kurt Ka­datz said.

This is the first time in Ed­mon­ton that the Alberta-based devel­oper has in­cluded these op­tions for their homes, Ka­datz said.

The off-leash park is one of about 40 across the city and the only one out­side of the An­thony Hen­day Drive ring road. It was cre­ated in con­junc­tion with the city, Tsoulakis said, and the city will now main­tain the park.

Af­ter open­ing its gates in Novem­ber, the park will host an of­fi­cial “Pais­ley Un­leashed” grand open­ing Satur­day, with treats and eats for both peo­ple and their dogs.

Six pieces of agility equip­ment are avail­able in the park for daily use, and Tsoulakis said an agility ex­pert will be on hand to pro­vide demos and tips for fu­ture use.

In its first seven months of use, Tsoulakis said the response from users has been “unreal.”

“It’s well-vis­ited, well-used and peo­ple are meet­ing each other there.”

LARRY WONG

Two dogs play at the new Pais­ley Dog Park in south­west Ed­mon­ton Wed­nes­day. The park’s grand open­ing is this Satur­day.

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