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25

Jan 2017

Open Letter to Kilcona’s Dog Park Community – Blowing the Whistle on Irresponsible Dog Owners

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Once again there are howls of protest over the ever-increasing amount of unclaimed dog feces at Kilcona Park. Responsible dog owners and other park users are going public, using North Kildonan City Councillor Jeff Browaty’s “North Kildonan – Your Neighbourhood, Your Priorities” https://www.facebook.com/groups/2445830141/ to express their disgust and air their complaints.

On behalf Kilcona Park Dog Club’s Board of Directors, I want to draw attention to the fact that this situation is very damaging to the long-term interest of Kilcona’s dog park community.

At the same time that KPDC is asking for Councillor Browaty’s support in bringing clean drinking water into the dog park, and your Board is working on a proposal to present to City Council for a small expansion to Kilcona’s off-leash area, some park users can’t even clean up after themselves. How can  we possibly ask for more land and more amenities when we can’t take care of the basics!

KPDC has made every effort to making picking up at the park as easy as possible. Over the past year, as part of our pilot project to improve the cleanliness of the park and address Kilcona’s reputation as the “filthiest dog park in the city”, KPDC in cooperation with our sponsor Royal LePage Prime has installed 6 waste bag dispensers. Our sponsor has purchased 82,000 waste bags. That comes at a considerable cost. This morning, your Director of Marketing and Communications delivered another shipment of waste bags to Kilcona park staff.

Making sure bag dispensers are full takes a lot of time, effort and coordination. A KPDC volunteer has to call the supplier in California and order the bags; then contact a courier to deliver them to Winnipeg; then make arrangements with a brokerage firm to pay taxes and other fees to get them across the border; pay for the product, the shipping and brokerage fees and arrange to pick-up the bags and deliver them to Kilcona so park staff can fill the dispensers.

Frankly, this is way too much work for a couple of volunteers, a community-minded sponsor, and Park staff if the end result is that the park is no cleaner than it was in the past. In light of the current situation, KPDC and our partners may have to rethink our role in supplying waste bags. Parks stewardship is the responsibility of everyone – not just KPDC’s Board and our partners.

On top of it all, Kilcona’s unique waste bags are showing up in litter baskets in other parks!

What Will the Board Do To Address the Problem?

  1. The Board will  sponsor Kilcona’s 16th annual spring clean-up in April or May (depending on the timing of the spring thaw) BUT only if the dog community is prepared now to do a lot more than just complain.

  2. The Board will continue to promote responsible pet ownership and encourage community  self-policing with programs like the “Number Two” Clue and “Second Bag” programs. Studies have shown that community self-policing is the only effective way to get people to clean up after their dogs.

    In KPDC’s recent survey, 85% of respondents reported that they always pick up after their dog(s). In view of the amount of unclaimed piles of dog feces in the park, it appears that only responsible dog owners responded to the survey. We all need to work together to reach people who aren’t picking up after their dogs.

What Can Kilcona’s Dog Park Community Do to Address the Problem?

 

 

Kilcona’s responsible dog owners are the solution. We need to:

  1. Educate, encourage and, if necessary, report irresponsible dog owners who continue to ignore the law.

  2. Bring a whistle to the park and blow it to alert distracted or irresponsible dog owners that they need to pick up.

  3. Bring extra bags and offer one to those in need. Use one of them to pick up an extra pile each time we visit the park.

  4. Call out dog park users who help themselves to more bags than are reasonable. Remind them that most park users bring their own bags.

  5. For those  who’ve asked how to report dog owners that don’t pick up, here are Winnipeg Animal Services instructions.

Call or email 311 at 311@winnipeg.ca and provide:

  • Your name, address and phone number

  • The vehicle license number

  • The date and time that you saw the dog defecating off its property

  • A description of the dog

Winnipeg Animal Services investigates every complaint. Please note that the agency does not respond to anonymous complaints.

Finally, a sincere thank you to those who take the time and make the effort to clean up after those who don’t. It’s very much appreciated by the entire community.

Donna Henry

President – Kilcona Park Dog Club

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14

Nov 2016

A New Kilcona Park Improvement Project – Enjoy the Views in Comfort!

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Kilcona Park Dog Club is pleased to announce that 8 new park benches have just been installed along trails in the off-leash and on-leash areas. Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather, park staff anchored the last five benches into the ground this morning. Thanks to the installation team and all of the other City of Winnipeg Parks East staff who were involved in the project!

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The new benches are the latest initiative of KPDC Stewardship Program’s to fund park improvements and enhance Kilcona’s green space. The club purchased the first 8 benches for Kilcona’s off-leash area in 2013/14.

Kilcona Park Dog Club and Parks East staff selected the sites for the new benches based on KPDC members’ recommendations and on the intrinsic character of each location – peaceful places with shade/shelter that offer nice views of the ponds, the wildlife, and in spots where people and dogs might like to rest and relax.

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Three benches are on the North Pond Trail, overlook the northwest pond; two are on the Forest Trail, offering views of the South Canal and the southwest pond. One is located on the berm near the Perfect Circle Flying Club, offering a different view the southwest pond and the beaver lodge. The last one, at the entrance to the paved paths, will be a convenient resting spot for people using the new drinking fountain and rinse station.

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The new benches were purchased at a cost of $16,000, including construction, delivery, installation and a 10-year maintenance agreement. The project was made possible through a public-private partnership involving KPDC’s own fundraising efforts; a generous donation from the club’s Platinum Sponsor, Birchwood Ford Parks; and the support of City Councillors Russ Wyatt, Jeff Browaty and Jason Schreyer through a Land Dedication Reserve Fund grant.

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The benches, constructed by the City of Winnipeg, are made of high density polyethylene. Consisting of 90% post-consumer waste, they are environmentally friendly. The benches are attractive and easy to maintain since they resist fading and do not need staining.

Kilcona Park Dog Cub, with the collaboration of generous sponsors like Birchwood Ford and Royal Lepage Prime, has donated $40,000 worth of furnishings to the park over the past four years.

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03

Nov 2016

A SPECIAL WOMAN AND A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!

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DOG-LOVING FRIENDS AND FAMILY?

WELL LOOK NO FURTHER!!

“Make a Splash” this holiday season by giving a special gift that’s raising money to bring clean, fresh drinking water into Kilcona Park.

“Tucker’s Tips on Living with People: From One Dog to Another” is a humorous and engaging perspective on life as told from a dog’s point of view. From one dog to another, Tucker talks about the challenges of living with people and gives advice to his bestie.

It’s a book for sharing, appealing to dog-loving adults; children over the age of five love it!

Tyler White, the book’s author, says “Tucker’s Tips” is a celebration of two special bichon/poodles, her life with them and all that they taught her. She laughs when she says her lab, Sunny, is a lucky dog. He got Tyler after Tucker and his pal had already trained her.

Tyler is a member of Kilcona Park Dog Club and an enthusiastic, active volunteer. Acknowledging the “amazing job” KPDC volunteers are doing to raise funds to bring clean, fresh drinking water into the off-leash area, she says she’s thrilled to be able to donate all the profit from the sale of each book to the water features project.

“Tucker’s Tips” was Tyler’s first published work. She is the acclaimed author of four plays with themes of empowerment – “The Funeral Guest”, “The Dance”, “Launched” and “Bear and Blue’s Adventures in the Whispering Woods”.  As a mental health professional, Tyler is quick to point out that empowered people are happier and kinder.

Follow the link to purchase your copy of “Tucker’s Tips”.

 http://www.tuckerstipsfordogs.com/

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30

Oct 2016

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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KILCONA PARK DOG CLUB’S 8TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Monday, November 28, 2016

Public Library at Henderson and McLeod

Doors open at 5:30pm and the meeting starts at 6:00 pm.

Join the conversation, identify priorities for your favorite dog park, have a say in setting the club’s direction for 2017, and elect the new Board of Directors.

Everyone with a 2017 membership is welcome to attend. Memberships may be purchased at the door.

Your Board will  present an update on recent discussions with the City on park improvements, and let members know what’s happening with our fundraising and lobbying efforts to bring clean fresh water into the park, and install a drinking fountain, dog rinse station and splash pad in the off-leash area.

 

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KILCONA DOG LOVERS’ REWARDS –  the Early Bird Membership Contest draw we’ve all been waiting for,  50/50 draw, and lots of amazing door prizes!!

FOOD COURTESY OF KPDC PLATINUM SPONSOR – JD HOGGS!

AGENDA

  • Introductions

  • Adoption of Agenda

  • Adoption of 2015 AGM Minutes

  • President’s Annual Report

    • Highlights

      • How close are we to implementing the water features project?

        • Status report – drinking fountain, dog rinse station and splash pad.

      • What’s up with the water?

        • 2016 water quality test

      • What’s the scoop?

        • Waste bag dispenser pilot project evaluation

      • What’s new this year?

        • Purchase of 8 new park benches

      • What’s happening with the Kilcona Park Management Plan?

        • Status report

  • How well did KPDC raise funds this year? What did we spend money on? What’s our bottom line?

    • Treasurer’s Annual Report

  • How did KPDC members benefit and what are the plans to continue and expand those benefits?

    • Director of Marketing’s Annual Report

      • Five-year marketing plan – 2016 to 2021

      • 2016 sponsorship report, 2017 sponsorship plans.

      • Pet retailers

  • Q and A – Ask Your Board

    • Open discussion and decisions on park management issues – lobbying for expansion of off-leash area boundaries, advocacy for water features project, etc.

  • Proposed by-law amendments

  • Proposed 2017 Goals and Objectives

  • Consideration – specific motions that Members give notice of before meeting

  • Election of 2015-16 Board of Directors

  • Adjournment

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30

Oct 2016

Proposed Amendments to KPDC’s Bylaws

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Kilcona Park Dog Club’s Board of Directors is recommending several amendments to the club’s by-laws. The changes are highlighted in red. The Board will formally present the amendments to the membership for a vote at the November 28th, 2016 Annual General Meeting, along with the rationale for the changes.

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