Councillors Brian Mayes (St. Vital) and Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan) are acting on some of the suggestions put forward by frequent users of Little Mountain Park at a May 29 public meeting.
In an email message, Mayes said he and Sharma made a resolution at city council on June 25 asking for city staff to examine extending opening hours for the park’s washroom and the impact of opening trails for off-leash dogs during winter months. City staff are to report on their findings in September.
The 160-acre park located on Farmer Ave., just off Route 90, now allows dog owners to use a large open area for off-leash activity. Some of the dog owners who attended the public meeting said they want to be able to take their off-leash dogs along the trails in the winter to escape cold winds.
Little Mountain Park is owned by the City of Winnipeg, but lies within the RM of Rosser. As such, no city councillor is responsible for it, so as chair of the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee, Mayes decided to take some responsibility for the park. The May 29 meeting was held to identify park improvements to be included in the City’s budget.
"I believe defending and promoting this park is my main accomplishment as chair of the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee," he wrote.
Little Mountain Park Dog Club chair Kristy Greening is pleased the two councillors have taken action, but would like to see even more off-leash access to the park’s trails.
"While their motion called for winter off-leash trail access, we requested that the committee consider full year off-leash trail system access," she wrote in an email message.
"As the official park stewards, Little Mountain Park Dog Club is very pleased with our ever growing relationship we have formed with the city, and we very much look forward to working with them," Greening stated.
Mayes said that he and Sharma support discussion with provincial government members about the park’s future.