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16

Nov 2017

Making it Easier to Do Your Doody – Kilcona Dog Park Waste Management Pilot Project

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 Kilcona Park Dog Club has just installed two new in-ground waste bins in one of the most heavily used parts of the off-leash area. One bin is next to the waste bag dispenser on the north-south service road; the other is located where the service road connects to the North Pond Trail near the entrance to the sheltered winter pond trails.

 

 

Good news! The new lever handles make them much easier to open than the older bins.  Each bin holds the equivalent of 20 standard park litter baskets.

 

 

The high-capacity bins will make it easier for dog owners to comply with Winnipeg’s “stoop and scoop” by-law.

Four factors made the service road a priority for in-ground bins.

  1. Most dog park visitors exit the parking lot by heading north on the service road. From there, they access the network of off-leash trails.

  2. Little known fact – dogs typically defecate along the first 250 metres of a trail.

  3. No surprise – dog feces tend to accumulate in the most heavily used areas.

  4. Until now there have only been two small litter baskets along the road. One is removed in the winter.

KPDC’s Waste Management Pilot Project is a response to environmental concerns, canine health-related issues, and on-going complaints from responsible dog owners and other park users about unclaimed dog feces at Kilcona Park.

Dog owners’  identified a need for more waste bins in heavy-use areas, especially during prolonged periods of extreme wind chills — in the -40 C to -45 C range – that we experienced in January 2017 when KPDC  surveyed park users.

  • “Of all the years I’ve been coming to Kilcona, the dog crap situation this winter is, without question, the absolute worst. On the service road heading north, a literal carpet of crap existed within the first 8’ from the road edges prior to the recent thaw…”

  • “I hope there will also be more garbage cans for the poop bags…the only thing worse than poop on the ground is poop, preserved in a bag, laying on the ground forever.”

  • “In the on-leash section of the park there are no dispensers and the number of waste bins has gone down. Lately I’ve seen poop bags thrown about and the amount of poop left lying around had gone up. I think these things are connected.”

  • “More garbage cans along the paths, not everyone wants to carry a bag of poop as some paths don’t have any garbage cans!”

  • “If it’s about poop that is not right by the pathway…I think it may not have been picked up as the snow is so deep and you’d sink knee and sometimes hip deep to get to it, so I know I didn’t pick it up. What I did do is that I would try to pick up another poop in my travels to make up for it, if I could…”

  • “I remember being very impressed with the improved cleanliness of the park last fall. My only guess about the change this past January is…the particularly cold and snowy December…”

Canine Health and Environmental Issues – Veterinarians have informed KPDC that dogs that swim in or drink Kilcona’s retention pond water are getting sick. KPDC’s independent testing of the pond water by ASL Environmental in 2014 and 2015 confirmed the presence of alarmingly high levels of E. coli bacteria in the ponds.

It is worth noting that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers unclaimed dog waste a serious environmental and public health issue. The agency labels dog feces a nonpoint source (NPS) pollutant and places it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals; and acid drainage from abandoned mines.

A single gram of dog waste contains approximately 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause include stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and fever. The bacteria can also cause infections of the urinary tract, skin and mucous membranes, pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses, and can even lead to death in humans and animals.

The City of Winnipeg has indicated that dog and wildlife feces are the most likely sources of coliform bacteria in Kilcona’s ponds.   Although this has not been proven, the assumption is reasonable. In other jurisdictions, runoff from dog parks have been found to contribute to unnaturally high levels of bacteria in waterways.

Dog feces are also one of the most common carriers of other disease: parvovirus, coronavirus, giardiasis, salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis, campylobacteriosis, and parasites like hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms.

The new in-ground bins are also a response to three other Kilcona Dog Park management issues. A 2011 report commissioned by Parks and Open Space identifies factors that discourage dog owners from complying with the “stoop and scoop” by-law:

  • Kilcona’s waste receptacles are spaced too far apart.

  • The spacing of receptacles is not uniform throughout the park.

  • The location of the receptacles change periodically.

Off-leash area management research has shown that one of the barriers to compliance is the awkwardness and physical discomfort in extremely cold temperatures of carrying a waste-filled bag for a long distance. Even responsible dog owners have been known to abandon a filled waste bag because their hands were freezing.

KPDC appreciates the broad community support for the Dog Waste Management Pilot Project and thanks our partners who’ve made the project possible and sustainable.

  • During Phase One, Royal LePage Prime Real Estate partnered with Kilcona Park Dog Club to purchase waste bag dispensers.

  • Since the dispensers were installed, Royal LePage Prime has purchase over 150,000 waste bags.

  • Kilcona Park staff monitor the bag dispensers, kept them filled, and notified KPDC when supplies are running low.

In response to a November 2016 survey of over 900 KPDC members and park users, 80% perceived the park as being somewhat or much cleaner.

  • 85% of respondents reported they pick up after their dogs all the time and 14% picked up most of the time. Only 1% reported picking up sometimes.

  • 18% of respondents reported picking up more often because of the convenience of the bags.

  • 71% of respondents perceived that people were doing a better job of picking up after their dogs.

  • 85% of respondents brought their own bags, relying on the dispensers only in an emergency.

Kilcona Park Dog Club’s Board of Directors encourages members to “lead by example”. Keep our favorite dog park clean and safe for our fur kids and ourselves. Offer bags to those in need, and exert civic peer pressure to encourage negligent dog owners to become more responsible.

The findings of KPDC’s pilot project have been published. An electronic copy of Kilcona Park Waste Bag Pilot Project Evaluation is available on request.

 

 

 

 

 

07

Nov 2017

AN INVITATION TO JOIN OUR TEAM!

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Are you looking for a fun and fulfilling way to serve your community? Are you passionate about your favourite dog park and willing to work actively to make Kilcona the best off-leash area in Winnipeg?

As a member of Kilcona Park Dog Club’s Board of Directors,  you’ll have the perfect opportunity to use your knowledge, skills, life experiences and insights to give back to a cause you care about.

On November 23, KPDC will elect its 2018 Board of Directors. There are two vacancies that must be filled if the club is to have the resources it needs to move forward with priority park improvements – bringing potable water into the dog park and installing a drinking fountain and rinse station.

Directors act as ambassadors for KPDC, attend 6 meetings a year, and manage the affairs of the club between meetings. These are voluntary positions; however reasonable expenses are paid. Terms are for one year.

All KPDC members over the age of 18 are welcome to serve on the Board of Directors. Prior Board experience is not necessary. KPDC, in cooperation with Volunteer Manitoba, provides not-for-profit Board training to all Directors.

Interested in serving on the Board and/or want more information? Please email Donna Henry at president@kpdc.ca.

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26

Oct 2017

Notice of KPDC Annual General Meeting

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NOTICE OF KILCONA PARK DOG CLUB’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, November 23, 2017 – 6:30pm

Bronx Community Centre

720 Henderson Hwy

All members are invited to attend.

The AGM provides an overview of KPDC’s activities, challenges, and a vision of the future. Business includes reports from the Board and the election of new Directors to fill Board vacancies. It is an opportunity to become informed, to ask questions, and to actively influence the club and improvements to Kilcona Dog Park.

City officials have invited KPDC’s Board to meet shortly before the AGM to discuss options for bringing clean drinking water into the off-leash area. The Project Manager will provide members an update on those discussions and KPDC’s Treasurer will provide an update on the status of our fundraising for the water features project.

 

The 2017 AGM agenda is posted below and the minutes of the 2016 AGM  are available in the “About Us” section of KPDC’s website.

The success of Kilcona Park Dog Club depends upon active participation by all members. We look forward to seeing you there.

Meet and mingle with dog park friends.

Early Bird Membership draw for over $500 in prizes, 50/50 raffle, and valuable door prizes.

Refreshments courtesy of KPDC  Platinum Sponsor, JD Hoggs Sausage Company.

Need to purchase or renew your membership? Sign up at the door.

 

AGENDA

  1.  Approval of the 2017 AGM Agenda

  2.  Approval of the 2016 AGM Minutes

  3.  2016-17 Annual Report

  4.  2016-17 audited Financial Report

  5.  By-law Amendments  (see below)

  6.  Q and A Session

  7.  Election of Directors for 2016-2017

  8.  Adjournment

Proposed By-law Amendments

The amendments and the rationale for each amendments, is as follows.

1. In the title of the document, and articles 1.1, 1.2 and 15.1 – the name of the club is amended from Kilcona Park Dog Club Incorporated to Kilcona Park Dog Club Inc. to align with the club’s legal name in KPDC’s Articles of Incorporation.

2. Articles 8.8 and 14.1.1 – amended from “The Board shall inform members of the Annual General Meeting via e-mail, on the Club bulletin board and at other appropriate locations at Kilcona Park.” to “The Board shall inform members of the Annual General Meeting via e-mail, on the Club bulletin board at Kilcona Park and on the Club’s Facebook page.” The intent of the amendment is to reflect the actual and most effective practice of communicating with members.

3. Article 9.5 – amended from “Voting at every General Membership Meeting shall be by secret ballot.” to ” “Voting at every General Membership Meeting shall be by show of hands except where a member requests a vote by secret ballot .” The intent of the amendment is to reflect the actual practice while still allowing for ballot voting.

4. Article 11.7.2 – amended from “In accordance with the Corporations Act of Manitoba, the President shall file, on the last day of the anniversary month of incorporation, an Annual Return of Information with the Companies Office, 1010- 405 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6.” to “In accordance with the Corporations Act of Manitoba, the President shall file, before  the last day of the anniversary month of incorporation, an Annual Return of Information with the Companies Office, 1010- 405 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6.” The intent of the amendment is to reflect actual practice and allow for flexibility.

 

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23

Jul 2017

“Make a Splash” Campaign Donors

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Special thanks to the amazing dog lovers, organizations and businesses that have so generously donated to Kilcona Park Dog Club’s “Make a Splash” campaign. Funds are earmarked to bring clean, fresh drinking water into Kilcona’s off-leash area.

Many individuals have donated to the project this weekend using KPDC’s new online PayPal system. To make a contribution, please follow the link.  http://kilconaparkdogclub.ca/electronic-payments/#.WXUhj-mQy00

Thanks to:

Alice Fokeer

Barb and Craig Handkamer

Benita Truderung

Birchwood Ford

Bruce Cunningham

Candace Mutimer

Crystal Lambertson

Grant Madison

The Samoyed Association of Manitoba

Val Sangster

 

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04

May 2017

Open Letter to Kilcona Dog Park Users re Off-leash Area Boundaries, Barriers and Leash Law Fines

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Today I received several emails from a dog owner asking for clarification on Kilcona’s off-leash area boundaries. She complained that the boundaries around the play area are not clear and that people have been fined for having their unleashed dogs in Kilcona’s on-leash area. She also asked if either Kilcona Park Dog Club or the City have plans to install a physical barrier between the off-leash and on-leash area.

The individual was under the mistaken impression that Kilcona Park Dog Club owns Kilcona Park and asked that I do something. This is not the first time the Board has heard from a dog owner who believes the club owns the park so it seems like an appropriate time to dispel the myth.

It is also an appropriate time to clarify, once again, the off-leash area boundaries to make it easier for responsible dog owners to comply with the off-leash law and avoid a hefty $200 fine.

CITY’S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The City of Winnipeg owns Kilcona Park and its law enforcement agencies, Winnipeg Animal Services and Winnipeg Police Service, have a legal obligation to enforce the City’s by-laws within the park boundaries.

 

KPDC’S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Kilcona Park Dog Club is the official park steward.  Our volunteers work with park staff to take care of the park by chipping trails, planting trees, hosting park clean-up events and raising money for amenities like the picnic tables, benches and waste bags that we all enjoy.

 

The club also advocates on behalf of KPDC members on matters related to the off-leash dog park and promotes responsible pet ownership.

DOG PARK 101 REFRESHER
With respect to off-leash dog parks, Winnipeg’s Responsible Pet Ownership by-law states that we must have our dog within view at all times. So while our dogs may not be able to read the signs, it is our responsibility keep an eye on them to prevent them from straying into Kilcona’s on-leash area.

DOG PARK BOUNDARIES
The off-leash area boundaries are outlined on the park map but if you’re having trouble reading it, here are the basics. Everything to the north of the cigarette butt receptacle and the median in the parking lot is off-leash and everything to the south, is on-leash. The parking lot is on-leash. Dogs are NEVER allowed on the softball or soccer fields whether they are on leash or not.

At 121 acres, our off-leash area comprises approximately 27% of the park. It is by far the largest dog park in Winnipeg.  There is no shortage of space in Kilcona’s off-leash area.

PHYSICAL BARRIER
KPDC’s priority, approved by the general membership at the last four AGMs,  is to bring potable water into Kilcona and install a drinking fountain and dog rinse station.

There is no money in the City’s budget to install a barrier between the off-leash and on-leash area. In fact, there is no money earmarked for Kilcona until 2021 and those funds will be directed to emergency repairs at Harbourview.

It would fall on KPDC to undertake the project and the club would need a lot more human and financial resources. The Board would also need more than a single request from an individual dog owner  to consider funding a barrier.

The Board will survey members in good standing (those who have purchased a 2017 membership card) to gauge interest in installing a barrier on the southern boundary. If a significant number of KPDC members request it and are willing to raise money or donate to make that happen, the matter will be brought to KPDC’s November Annual General Meeting for a vote.

For information on Winnipeg’s leash laws, here is a link to the Responsible Pet Owner by-law. http://www.winnipeg.ca/cms/animal/pdfs/RPO.pdf

Sincerely,

Donna Henry
President – Kilcona Park Dog Club Inc.

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