Island 22 off leash dog area closed for upgrades

Dog walkers urged to try out off leash area at Vedder, or to leash up in other areas of Island 22

In this Fraser Valley Regional District map

In this Fraser Valley Regional District map

Chilliwack’s pooches are getting an even better play place.

The Island 22 off-leash dog park is slated for upgrades, which are to begin on Oct. 19. The park will be closed to the public while the construction is underway, and the work is expected to be finished mid-November. Some of the upgrades will include a new perimeter fence with self-closing gates, a new dedicated enclosure for small dogs, and a new, safe entry paddock to leash or unleash dogs. The off leash area is the large treed-in area west of the day use parking lot.

While the off-leash area is closed for the month, the Fraser Valley Regional District says dog owners are welcome to walk their pets on-leash in the rest of the park. Alternatively, there is an off-leash dog area at the Vedder Park, between the Vedder Rotary Trail and Petawawa Road.

FVRD said “the facility is a needed improvement to provide a safer and more secure dog off-leash area, for both large and small dogs.”

The project is being funded by the Job Creation Project through Experience the Fraser, and the Fraser Valley Regional District.