EPCOR is committed to an engagement approach that provides project transparency, a process to manage any questions or issues, and provides meaningful communication to residents.
We recognize the importance of the Grand Trunk Off-Leash Dog Park to the Lauderdale community and dog park users, as the off-leash dog park allows owners and their dogs to spend time together and allows dogs a space for play and socialization.
It is EPCOR’s responsibility to build the dry pond and maintain the underground drainage infrastructure. However, once the project is complete, the ownership and responsibility for maintenance of the dry pond surface, vegetation and amenities will rest with the City of Edmonton.
EPCOR has hosted multiple public information sessions for the Lauderdale Flood Mitigation Project where residents and dog park users learned about the project, asked questions, identified concerns and issues and provided feedback on identified design elements of the project.
During the five different events, EPCOR discussed the project with 200+ residents and dog park users. Attendees provided meaningful feedback and asked thoughtful questions about the project, what can be expected during construction, and what the dog park will look like once the project is complete.
The feedback heard to date includes questions, concerns and suggestions on the following project elements:
- Community flooding
- Current usage
- Dry pond design
- Existing drainage issues
In November 2022, a survey was distributed to get a better understanding of how the dog park is currently used, and the community’s and dog park users’ priorities for enhancements once the dry pond is built. The feedback will help shape the final design for the dry pond and the associated enhancement options. The enhancements are intended to not only meet the diverse needs of small and big dogs, but also add amenities for dog owners.
The results from the survey, along with feedback from other interested parties, will be provided to the City to make a decision on amenity enhancement options for the detailed design phase of the project. Proposed dry pond layout designs, including the amenity enhancement options, will be presented to the community, dog park users and interested residents for feedback as we progress through the project.
Following a review of all stages for input, the City of Edmonton will make the final decisions related to dog park amenity enhancements.