Hi there Calgary!
It’s been a day or two and we have a couple updates for you.
Spring is in the air! And that means…
With the warm weather, people are getting out on the town more and more. It’s really great to see all the activity. If you are getting out to any one of Calgary’s 150 off leash areas, keep an eye out for anyone planning a clean up day. With what snow we’ve had, and the folks that can’t make it out till dark, we are bound to miss a few poops here and there. The spring thaw brings all those little lawn cigars into great relief on the yellow-brown grass.
Don’t be afraid to just get out for your own clean up day. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, but if we all do our part, we can get our parks back into impeccable shape.
Dog and Dog Related Events for 2016
Being involved with the Calgary Animal Services Off-Leash Ambassador Program gives us a bit of a heads up when it comes to some events in town. Some recall training courses have already been announced. Stay tuned for reservation information, but so far the dates are:
- Saturday June 11, 2016 from 10am to 4pm at the Bowmont fenced off leash area
- Saturday August 6, 2016 from 10am to 4pm at Sue Higgins park
- Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10am to 4pm at Auburn Bay park
That’s all for recalls now. Stay tuned for more.
The Pet Expo is being held at Spruce Meadows on April 23-24. This is a great opportunity to see some new products and services coming to market for all your furry – and scaly – friends.
Pet-a-palooza is going down on Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, 2016 at Eau Claire Market. This two day event will likely go down from 9am till 5pm and features all kinds of tricks and demonstrations, exhibits, and other activities.
Paws in the Park
Paws in the Park is happening at River Park in Calgary’s southwest on August 21 starting at 11am.
✔ Keep an eye out for more events as they come up by checking out our calendar!
Construction on the Zoo Bridge
Well our old friend the Zoo Bridge is getting a very well deserved make over this year. For anyone travelling along 12st southeast just north of Inglewood, or along the path adjacent the Bow, you’ll have noticed crews already clearing the south bank. The Zoo Bridge has been standing since 1908 and its replacement project is long overdue. The bridge was initially built to carry horses and buggies. Today, that old bridge is hoisting hundreds of vehicles a day over the rushing Bow River. Anyone who’s lost a side mirror maneuvering around another motorist will know the struggle is real.
The new bridge will be wider to accommodate all kinds of vehicles including emergency and public transportation. It will allow for pedestrian traffic – who will also enjoy an update of the increasingly treacherous looking Bow River Pathway (see images above), and it will be flood resistant. The bridge is expected to last about another 100 years.
From the City of Calgary project page, here are artist renderings of the planned new Zoo Bridge.
The bridge construction is set to begin this spring and be completed – weather depending – in the winter of 2017.
9ave Bridge Replacement
Another old bridge slotted for a makeover is the 9ave bridge that connects East Village and the Downtown core to Inglewood and Ramsay. This construction is not set to begin until 2018, well after the Zoo Bridge is completed.
During the construction, be careful around these areas, watch for any equipment and debris and make sure to stay out of any construction areas. As always, observe ALL off leash designation signs.
More on Paths in Calgary
Walking the Calgary paths is a great luxury for us, however sometimes the weather can make that tricky. Dogs YYC was in contact with the City of Calgary this winter about how paths are cared for in the winter. We found that some paths weren’t cleared while others were. A particular place of interest was the pedestrian path that runs along Memorial drive from the Bains Bridge to the Bridgeland/Memorial C-Train station. The pedestrian path was covered in ice while the bike path was clear.This is not an accident and we totally agree. Calgary has around 600km of pathways to enjoy. In the winter time, the budget to clear paths limits our city worker’s to clearing only those necessary to be cleared. This has some folks walking on paths that may otherwise be designated as bike paths. We understand the need to be selective with a budget bearing down, so let’s all be safe on our paths. The weather may have gotten much warmer, but let’s all remember to share paths. If we are on our bicycles, remember to call out to slower cyclists or pedestrians or use your bell. Pedestrians should always shoulder check from time to time just to be safe. If you are walking your dog – which we assume you usually are – make sure that you are walking him or her on leash and on your right side. This is mandatory according to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw as it is a very safe practice.
Lastly, never run your dog while on your bike or any other wheeled conveyance (fancy word for rollerblades, scooter, skateboard, etc. – does not include scooters for persons with reduced mobility). This is against the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw and it is very unsafe for you and for your dog.